Musically, this season of year has always been my favorite, largely because the holidays are a natural time for local bands to reunite. Whether those are one-off shows or annual events, it seems that the late autumn/early winter is filled with that wonderful let’s-get-back-at-it vibe.
Yours truly has a lucky opportunity to celebrate the local rock scene of the last two-decades (and change), with some special shows set for the coming couple of weeks.
This Friday, Nov. 20, STL pop kingpins The Boorays will play a live set on KDHX’s “Silver Tray,” coming on at roughly 12:40 p.m. The group – Bob Kaemmerlen, Andy Thomson, Mike Hellebusch and Mark Stephens – are coming together for a Saturday, Nov. 21st show at Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room and to help promote that gig, they’re coming by the KDHX studio for a four-song set on the “Tray.” Expect four cuts from their pair of CDs, “Pumpkin Pie Crustacean” and “Hollow in the Middle,” which the group’s been tinkering with recently, re-mastering the old cuts and reorganizing the orders. While not quite the same environment as the boozy, smoky club show of a night later, it’ll be great to catch the band in any form, after (too) many years apart.
The next week – on Thursday, Nov. 26th and Friday, Nov. 27th – I’ll toast the Thanksgiving holiday with another four-hour round of St. Louis related tracks, playing deep cuts from noted acts and favorites from the obscure. On Thursday, I’m lucky enough to fill in for Doug Morgan on his “Record Sto’,” while on Friday I’ll be back at the helms for “Silver Tray.” As has been the case the last couple of years, I’ll go with an all-STL lineup for both, kicking out the jams from: Judge Nothing, Times Beach, Sullen, the Oozkicks, the Painkillers, the Unconscious, the Finn Brothers, A Perfect Fit, E.J. Quit, Three Foot Thick and Club Zero, among countless others. Based on listener response the last few years, it’s a show that gets some feet tapping, even when they’re doing so with one eye on the dinner table.
But we’ll worry about next week, next week. For this week, tune in your radio to 88.1 on Friday at 12:40 and catch some glorious pop, as only The Boorays can bring it.