Concert photos: Harry Nilsson tribute at Off Broadway, Saturday, November 26

It was a memorable night Saturday at the Off Broadway as local musicians and fans gathered to raise many glasses and pay tribute to influential singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson.

First off, I love love love what Off Broadway owner Steve Pohlman has done with the venue recently, taking out the space-eating bar that was always hard to access due to the stool sitters. Though I’ll miss the saloon vibe that the hardwood bar provided, I love the sleek new feel of the club — and the extra room for sure.

There were many highlights with great performances by Theodore, Ransom Note, Dock Ellis Band and others performing hits like “One,” “1941″ and “Without You,” which was the performance highlight of the night. Singer and Off Broadway stalwart Johnny Vegas rocked it as well late in the show. Regrettably, nobody chose to take on “Everybody’s Talkin’” or “Good Old Desk,” but maybe next time.

My highlight of the night was watching Nilsson’s animated feature, “The Point,” as the Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra performed the score onstage. Sherman S. Sherman narrated wonderfully, breaking into some great accents throughout. It was pure 1970s gold and I didn’t want it to end.

Photography highlights: November 13-19

Art can be lovely, mesmerizing, breathtaking and thought provoking. However, art can also be destroyed. Thanks to Art Attack 3 a crowd of 200 plus KDHX supporters saw art destruction in the form of a buck-tooth, chainsaw-wielding mad man. And that was just one of five destruction methods.

On a destruction-less note, Howie Day dazzled the Duck Room on a Thursday evening then just two days later Katie Herzig and Butterfly Boucher did the same at the Old Rock House. Lydia Loveless and The Fling stopped by the good ‘ol Magnolia Avenue Studios for a live performance.

And that folks, sums up yet another week of photography highlights.

To see the full articles and complete photo galleries check out Music News and for the KDHX in-studio experience head to Live Performances. Get it at KDHX.org

Art Attack

Art Attack at Neo. Steve Ley

Katie Herzig

Katie Herzig at the Old Rock House. Ben Mudd

Howie Day

Howie Day at Blueberry Hill. Jarred Gastreich

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KDHX photography highlights: November 6-12

The shows in this town just keep on keeping on. tUnE-YarDs sold-out Off Broadway with the help of Pat Jordache then several days later the third volume of STL Loud kept the walls shaking and the dance floor in motion. The Murder City Players put Jah love on at the Duck Room and the Blind Boys of Alabama with the help of Sara and Sean Watkins lay the soul down at the Old Rock House. The Blind Boys also came in for an in-studio, as did the indie-rock-pop-experimental supergroup Mr. Heavenly.

To see the full articles and complete photo galleries check out Music News and for the KDHX in-studio experience head to Live Performances. Get it at KDHX.org

tUnE-YarDs

tUnE-YarDs at Off Broadway. Ben Mudd

Blind Boys of Alabama

Blind Boys of Alabama at the Old Rock House. Nate Burrell

Murder City Players

Murder City Players at the Duck Room. Glenda Volk

Mr. Heavenly

Mr. Heavenly in-studio at KDHX. Kelsey McClure

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KDHX photography highlights: October 16-22

In the past week of photos Nate Burrell captured the essence of the hair flip with a little help from indie rock duo’s Mr. Gnome and Sleepy Kitty. The pint-size ferociousness of Melt Banana fit perfectly within the walls of Cicero’s and the Australian Pink Floyd show stopped by the Fabulous Fox Theatre and put not only shrimp but some classic rock on the barbie.

Blind Pilot opened for Brett Dennen at the Pageant but didn’t leave town without first making a stop by the Magnolia Avenue Studios to record a few songs and chat with DJ Allen Dahm of Bittersweet Melody.

Also at the Pageant last week was Matt Nathanson whose catchy rock riffs and comedic ramblings charmed the crowd. In-studios included a session with Trombone Shorty and Bobby Bare Jr. And finally, Harvest Sessions came to a close amidst sunny skies with the likes of Lliam Christy, Rough Shop and Scarlet Tanager.

To see the full articles and complete photo galleries check out Music News and for the KDHX in-studio experience head to Live Performances. It’s all on KDHX.org

Sleepy Kitty

Sleepy Kitty at Cicero's. Nate Burrell

Mr. Gnome

Mr. Gnome at Cicero's. Nate Burrell

Melt Banana

Melt Banana at Cicero's. Dustin Winter

Melt Banana

Melt Banana at Cicero's. Dustin Winter

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Photo essay: Street musicians, the sound of the sidewalk

Street musicians connect with their audience where it counts the most, their everyday lives. In this piece, I document nine performers in action, live from the sidewalks you walk on.

I chose to create a photo essay on street musicians because they are everyday people who inspire people like themselves. Street musicians fill the streets with beautiful music that touches people in route to completing their day.

As Zalinksy, Dan Aykroyd’s character in the movie “Tommy Boy,” said: “I make car parts for the American working man because that’s what I am and that’s who I care about.” Street musicians share music with everyday people because that’s who they are.

Street musicians can be found across St. Louis in the most public of places. Each musician has his or her own reason for sharing his or her music on the sidewalks. Some do it as a source of income. Some do it for the pure enjoyment of playing for others. Regardless of why they perform in public, they all have one thing in common — sharing their love of music, and perhaps to earn some change, even eek out a small living, along the way.

The most common places to find street musicians (or buskers as they’re sometimes called) in St. Louis are the Delmar Loop and Downtown, especially near events that draw large crowds. There are occasional sightings on or near Metrolink platforms, on South Grand in the theatre district, in the Central West End or popular hangout spots where there are crowds of people.

Wayne Valentine

Wayne Valentine

Guitar player Wayne Valentine was found on a Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m. on the Delmar Loop. He was playing under the pavilion next to Market Pub House. Valentine comes to the loop two to three days a week.

Wayne Valentine

Valentine plays jazz and ragtime music by Scott Joplin. He primarily plays guitar, but is also classically trained on the piano. Valentine plays at open mics from time to time. “It’s nicer to play to an audience than to four walls,” says Valentine.

Wayne Valentine

The 49-year-old has been playing since the age of 12. After hearing him play, a woman affiliated with the Julliard School for Performing Arts told him that he has a “gift for composition.”

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KDHX photography highlights: September 18-24

An Horse, Vetiver and Those Darlins all made a stop at the Magnolia Avenue Studios, The Dodos, the Luyas, Dark Dark Dark performed at Off Broadway and Alison Krauss and Union Station spent Thursday night at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. Joy Formidable, whose song “Whirring” caught the attention of Dave Groehl (he called it the best song of the year), rocked the Firebird and as always, Harvest Sessions carried on.

If you like what you see and need more, be sure to check out the full galleries in Music News on KDHX.org.

The Dodos

The Dodos at Off Broadway. Ben Mudd

Wagons

Those Darlins at Off Broadway. Kate McDaniel

Vetiver

Vetiver in-studio at KDHX. Kelsey McClure

Those Darlins

Those Darlins in-studio at KDHX. Nate Burrell

The Luyas

The Luyas at Off Broadway. Ben Mudd

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Event photos: The Great Forest Park Balloon Race, September 16 and 17

Despite the threat of rain, thousands turned out in Forest Park, Friday and Saturday for the Great Forest Park Balloon Race and Balloon Glow.
Windy conditions tested the balloon pilots Friday night at the glow as several balloons were forced to pack up early, including the Energizer Hot Hair balloon.

All photos by Sam Africano. See more at my website, Motive Pics.

Balloon Glow

Balloon Glow at Forest Park. Sam Africano

Balloon Glow

Balloon Glow at Forest Park. Sam Africano

Balloon Glow

Balloon Glow at Forest Park. Sam Africano

Balloon Glow

Balloon Glow at Forest Park. Sam Africano

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KDHX photography highlights: September 4-10

The past week begins with a Monday night latin/reggae/shred session with Michael Franti and Santana at the Fox Theatre. Then all of a sudden it became Friay and as a result two photographers ventured West for the Roots ‘N Blues Festival in Columbia, MO while one went incognito to catch AUCW5 at the Firebird. Harvest Sessions carried on and blues photographer Rick Priest makes his deput on photography highlights with photos from Walter Trout‘s show at BB’s Jazz, Blues and Soups.

If you like what you see and need more, be sure to check out the full galleries in Music News on KDHX.org.

Michael Franti

Michael Franti at the Fox Theatre. Sam Africano

Crowd

Crowd at Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival. Kelsey McClure

Robert Lee Coleman

Robert Lee Coleman at Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival. Nate Burrell

Walter Trout

Walter Trout at BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups. Rick Priest

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