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Monday, October 23, 2017

Oakwood 3 Day Frankenfest: 10/27 ft. NIL8 (@switchdrops) w/ #SoyCityStranglers, 10/28 ft. @Drugs_Delaney #TheStrangeRemains @PufPufPoseidon , 10/29 @joe_asselin @DonnieHomespun (Decatur, IL)

There is a three day festival happening in Decatur, Illinois this weekend at Donnie's Homespun Pizza. The Oakwood 3 Day Frankenfest happens from Friday, October 27th starting at 9:00 pm that night and goes until Sunday, October 29th at 2:00 pm. Fore more information visit the event details on Facebook HERE.
There is a costume contest on Saturday with prizes. t's 18 and up, $5.00 day of show for Friday and Saturday. Sunday is free and all ages. They also have a new art gallery opening then to feature artists from Decatur and Springfield, IL.The artists playing and the daily lineup is as follows:

* Friday: NIL8, Soy City Stranglers

(Springfield & Decatur's most legendary punk bands.)

- NIL8:

- Soy City Stranglers:

* Saturday: Drugs Delaney (Peoria, IL. - Alt. Rock), The Stranger Remains (Psych., Stoner Rock - Decatur), & Puff, Puff, Poseidon (Rock, Hard Rock, Indie, Stoner Rock - Decatur).

- Drugs Delaney:

- The Stranger Remains:

- Puff, Puff, Poseidon:

* Sunday: Blues Brunch with Joe Asselin ( Blues, Singer/Songwriter-  Springfield, IL.)

- Joe Asselin:

#Endora @TheTigerRider @UNICONTEST (NE) Thurs. 10/26 @SANLOOCHEROKEE

This Thursday, October 26th is a unique show featuring the music of Endora, Tiger Rider and Universe Contest (Lincoln, Nebraska) happening at San Lou on Cherokee. The show starts at 8:00 pm. Visit the event details on Facebook HERE.

Endora's singer and pianist Ellen Cook describes them as "Vaudeville with thorns". Tiger Rider's garage, glam, punk, rock musical style comes to you at full force meant to deliver sheer bliss and ecstacy. Universe Contest is an unwilling partcipant under the rock category with it's defiant artsy, indie rock style that is sure to amaze. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with these artists and maybe this preview will entice you to check them out live.


Tiger Rider:

Universe Contest:

Saturday, October 21, 2017

#TheloniusMonk Centennial 10/25-26 @JazzStLouis At The Bistro w/ @Adam_Maness #BobDeboo #MontezColeman  

The time has come to celebrate the Centennial of pianist and composer Thelonius Monk. Jazz At The Bistro is hosting two shows in honor of the jazz legend happening on Wednesday, October 25th and Thursday, October 26th. Both start at 7:30 pm. For more information and for tickets visit HERE for the event details on Facebook.

The following three are premiere St. Louis jazz artists being Adam Maness (pianist,  composer), Bob Deboo (bass) and Montez Coleman  (drums) who will be playing both evenings. Adam is from The 442's, Adam Maness Trio and has worked with Erin Bode. You can find him weekly live at the "Jazz Lab" on Thursday nights. Bob Deboo leads the Bob Deboo Quartet and performs routinely in the Kasimu Tet. He performs with Matthew Vondoran and also is involved with the weekly Kranzberg Jazz Jam on Wednesday nights. Montez Coleman plays in the Adam Maness Trio and also the Kasimu Tet. The latter can be found playing weekly on Wednesday nights at The Dark Room. Montez is also known for his work with Willie Atkins and Erin Bode also. You can also find Montez at the "City Wide Jam Session" on Tuesday nights at Troy's Jazz Gallery.

Thelonius Monk is known as one of the most gifted, unique, and influential pianists & composers of the last 100 years. Thelonius Monk's music & compositions have become an integral part of the history and fabric of jazz. A forefather of modern jazz & bebop, Monk's lasting impression on the landscape of jazz is constantly felt to this day. St. Louis' premiere piano trio, led by Adam Maness, with Bob Deboo (bass) and Montez Coleman (drums) will anchor a special salute to Monk's 100th birthday!

About Thelonious Sphere Monk :

[2] (/θəˈloʊniəs/, October 10, 1917[3] – February 17, 1982) was an American jazz pianist and composer. He had a unique improvisational style and made numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire, including "'Round Midnight," "Blue Monk," "Straight, No Chaser," "Ruby, My Dear," "In Walked Bud," and "Well, You Needn't." Monk is the second most-recorded jazz composer after Duke Ellington, which is particularly remarkable as Ellington composed more than a thousand pieces, whereas Monk wrote about 70.[4]


#AaronKamm And @theonedrops 10th Anniversary Celebration Fri. 10/27 @TheGrandelSTL

Ten years is a long time. On Friday, October 27th the reggae. blues, jam sensation Aaron Kamm & The One Drops will be performing a high energy show in celebration of their 10th Anniversary at the historic Grandel Theatre. The doors open at 8 pm and the show starts at at 9 pm. This event is 18 and up. Tickets are $12.00 in advance, $15.00 day of show. Avoid online ticket fees by going to the Fox Theatre's box office. Open 10-6 on Wednesdays and 10-2 on Saturdays. For more on the show visit HERE for facebook event page. Also appearing that night will be Crate2Crate Sound System.

- Aaron Kamm & The One Drops online:

- AK1 Discography online:

- Buy Feed the Meter on:

 BandCampiTunes, or Amazon MP3

- AK1 Tour Dates:

10/21, Big Muddy Brew Fest, Murphysboro, IL

10/27, 10 Year Anniversary Party Saint Louis, MO

10/28,  Rose Music Hall Columbia, MO

11/10, The Mousetrap, Indianapolis, IN

12/20, The Riot Room, Kansas City, MO

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Mississippi Nights: @gracebasement To Debut Songs Off Their New Album 10/28 @offbroadwaystl w/ @spectatorstl #Bagheera

Grace Basement has completed their latest effort "Mississippi Nights" and will be debuting some of the music live on Saturday, October 28th at Off Broadway. Sharing the stage with them will be Spectator (indie-rock, dream-pop) and Bagheera (indie-rock, experimental, punk). All three acts are from the St. Louis area. The show happens from 8:00 pm to 12:00 am. Visit HERE for the event details on Facebook. Continue on for the links to the artists on this show and for for on the upcoming album by Grace Basement, which can also be pre-ordered.

- Visit Grace Basement online:

- Visit Spectator online:

- Visit Bagheera online:

- Grace Basement Biography:

Grace Basement, the acclaimed rock-and-roll side project of St. Louis folk musician, multi-instrumentalist and producer Kevin Buckley, will release their fourth full-length album, Mississippi Nights, in early 2018.

While the band’s previous effort, Wheel Within a Wheel (2013), saw Buckley turning inward with an intimate folk-based sound, Mississippi Nights takes a more bombastic approach inspired by the performances of his longtime rhythm section, drummer Jill Aboussie and bassist Greg Lamb.

The title refers to the atmospheric vibe of the album along with a nod to the beloved downtown St. Louis rock club which hosted untold amounts of great bands until early 2007, when it closed its doors -- and was replaced with a casino parking lot.

Mississippi Nights the album is less steeped in nostalgia and more interested in capturing the sound of everyday experiences, with each song taking on a character and narrative of its own. Ten story songs from various perspectives, united by themes of love, loss, hubris and hope with a familiar setting.

Sonically, the album explores a guitar-based rock sound accented by orchestral flourishes and chromatic swirls. In many ways, it follows in the spirit of Alex Chilton’s Big Star, and later Wilco: two bands from the heartland, in tune with British Invasion-esque melodies and a willingness to experiment. In addition, there are references to classic rock radio stalwarts like the late, great Tom Petty, Free, T. Rex and The Beach Boys, in addition to Stax-inspired soul, St. Louis natives Chuck Berry and John Hartford and '90s alternative bands including XTC, the Pixies and Pavement.

At live shows, Buckley is joined by Aboussie, Lamb, guitarist Marc Schneider and a who’s who of other area musical ringers.

A full-time musician based in St. Louis, Buckley is always on call with his fiddle and guitar, performing nearly every night of the week with a variety of bands ranging from Irish music to western swing and country. When not playing in St. Louis or around the country, Buckley can be found in his home studio, Avonmore, where he writes and records Grace Basement albums, as well as projects by other artists. 

First Songs: @anna_st_louis (KC) Native Announces New Release

Anna St. Louis announces new release for Kevin Morby's Mare Records, shares "Fire" via Stereogum

STREAM: "Fire" -
Stereogum / SoundCloud

Despite her last name, Anna St. Louis was born and raised in Kansas City. She grew up a painter and singing in punk bands, eventually leaving her hometown to attend art school in Philadelphia. After graduating she made the move to Los Angeles where she began teaching herself guitar, writing songs and recording them on her own in her bedroom. First Songs is the sound of someone discovering their talent in real time - a peak into the collage of a wonderful mind that is absorbing their new surroundings and using new tools to put them into the room. Listening to this collection you can feel the sun coming in through the window - Anna on the foot of the bed with a guitar on her knee, finding her voice. St. Louis wears her influences well - think Patsy Cline singing over John Fahey - but has a style all her own. And while you can take the artist out of the midwest, you can't take the midwest out of the artist - so let this be known; this is Midwestern music ran through a California filter. I believe Anna will have many more releases in her lifetime, but let it all begin here - First Songs.
Anna St. Louis
First Songs
(Mare / Woodsist)
Street Date: Nov. 3, 2017
Pre-order: iTunes

Track List:

Keep Walking


Clear The Way: @KevinRenick Album Release Tues. 10/24 @sheldonstl

Kevin Renick will be releasing his fifth studio album of folksy, pop-rock titled "Clear The Way" on Tuesday, October 24th at The Sheldon Concert Hall from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm. He recently uploaded two of the new songs on Number One Music for people to stream. Visit HERE for the event details on Facebook.

Kevin Renick's Biography:

As the closing credits rolled in Jason Reitman's 2009 Paramount Pictures release UP IN THE AIR, starring George Clooney, many moviegoers wondered who was singing that high, breathy tune about uncertainty and indecision, a now classic song also titled "Up In The Air." The correct answer: Kevin Renick, a singer/songwriter whose stirring, autobiographical tune about the unpredictable and often anxiety-producing nature of life not only caused moviegoers to stay in their seats a few extra minutes at the end of Reitman’s Oscar-nominated film, it also appeared on the offiicial soundtrack to UITA alongside contributions from artists such as CSNY and Elliott Smith.  Renick also recorded a  fresh new studio version of the song for his debut full-length CD, Close To Something Beautiful, available on, and iTunes.

The story of "Up In The Air" reads as a serendipitousalignment of stars for Renick, a St. Louis native--one that aspiring artists usually can only dream about. Renick is a passionate music lover previously known around his hometown as a freelance journalist who'd contributed countless album, film and concert reviews to publications such as Playback:STL Sauce The Riverfront Times and various online music hubs over the past three decades.  Renick’s talent as a songwriter, however, remained hidden from all except his close friends. In Fall of 2008, after an unexpected layoff from his long-standing proofreading job at a top ad agency, Renick was moved to take his secret musical dreams public. Guitar in hand, he began performing live for the first time at the tiny Grove Deli in suburban St. Louis, mainly to an audience of close friends and family members. The set lists consisted of covers by Neil Young, The Beatles, Bob Dylan and other iconic artists, as well as a handful of originals.

Only a few months later, in February 2009, Renick’s chance to meet director Jason Reitman at a college lecture provided him with the opportunity of a lifetime.  Renick handed Reitman a cassette tape featuring his original composition titled “Up in the Air” and told Reitman the story of his recent layoff.  After Reitman looked at the primitive format and wondered aloud where he would be able to listen to the cassette, Renick admits he left the encounter without a lot of expectations.  But thanks to Reitman’s unique diligence in seeking out a cassette player, the song – which echoed the movie's theme and aesthetic – would not only become the title track of Reitman's new movie, the version appearing in the film would be the same one Renick recorded in demo form, sitting on the couch in front of his old cassette recorder, specifically to give to Reitman. In Dec. 2009, Up In The Air was finally released in the U.S., with openings in other countries throughout 2010. What followed for Renick was a whirlwind of attention: appearances on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric and numerous TV programs in St. Louis; live hometown performances at the 2009 St. Louis Film Festival and the Songwriters Showcase in nearby Greenville, IL; a press junket to Japan with UITA actress Anna Kendrick co-sponsored by Paramount Pictures and American Airlines; and articles in the Washington Post, the Huffington Post , the Los Angeles Times , St. Louis Magazine , the Riverfront Times and many others. Blogs around the world upon Up In The Air 's release buzzed with Oscar talk sparking debates over why the Oscar rules (that made Renick’s song ineligible for nomination) should be changed...

Renick launched a recording career following his song’s appearance on Rhino Records' Up in the Airsoundtrack with a pair of self-released CDs: Close To Something Beautiful in 2010 and Come On Down in 2011. He also released a long-gestating ambient/spoken word collaboration with Canadian electronica artist John Sobocan, whose Eno-esque soundscapes proved the perfect complement to Renick's soft-spoken meditations on life, love and loss. That project, The Road To Olandra , was a crucial and influential stepping stone on Renick's creative journey. In late 2012, Renick released his fourth outing, Under The Wishing Tree , an ambitious song cycle that features "Ballad of the American Farmer," a song he'd been commissioned to write and record  for the upcoming James Roberson documentary about the history of American agribusiness, In the Interest of National Security .

Renick performs gigs regularly around St. Louis and neighboring cities, in both a coffee house singer-songwriter format either solo/duo, and as a 4-piece band. He has played at venues including the prestigious Sheldon Concert Hall, the Old Rock House, Blueberry Hill, Off Broadway, the Way Out Club, Vin de Set restaurant and others, and appeared as a featured performer at the Nashville Songwriter's Festival in June 2011. With Renick’s special ability to channel Neil Young, he also performs periodically in a Neil Young tribute act called Shakey Deal. And he has recorded a children's song called “Read A Book” about the joys of reading; this song was submitted to the American Library Association for consideration in their literacy campaigns. Having penned close to two hundred beautifully crafted songs, Renick has forged a singular aesthetic that captures the timeless themes of love, friendship, loss and leaving childhood behind. 

MTV called Renick's journey "one of the best true-life success stories we've heard lately." The international film magazine Empire , published in the U.K., chose Renick's "Up in the Air" song as #5 on their list of "Best Movie Songs of 2010." Renick keeps in active touch with his fans through Facebook, Reverb Nation, YouTube and other online hubs. He hopes 2017 will be a pivotal year , and is busy making lists of goals and songs needing to be finished. Both lists keep getting longer and longer...