Variation and Adaptations, on display 6/2/17 through 7/29/17, is an exhibit curated by Artists First, an organization that has long worked to promote the artwork of individuals challenged by physical or psychological obstacles. While typically judged by society as impaired, this organization advocates for these artists to be considered as equal, not other, within the visual art community by their unique perspectives and life experiences. Angela Gipson, Jeff Johnson, and Jimmy Holmes will each present a body of work specific to their use of media and focused examinations.
"Subterranean Books will be hosting the art work of Timothy Wagner as part of the Loop Arts Fest, with an opening reception Friday, June 23rd from 6pm to 8pm.
Timothy Wagner works as a mixed media artist using a wide variety of media from found imagery to inks. All of the art is created on reclaimed materials such as vinyl records, wood and canvas.
Timothy's work is thought-provoking and a visual language that is an approach to expression of form, space and color, referencing our natural world and its surroundings. "The ambiguity of my work is created on a subconscious level."
Work will be on display June 15 - August 31.
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Subterranean Books is located at:
6275 Delmar St. Louis, MO 63130"
Artist Denise Ward Brown screens and discusses her film, Home Going, created for the exhibit: Higher Ground: Honoring Washington Park Cemetery, Its People and Place. Free but reservations are required. Call Paula Lincoln at 314.533.9900 x37 to reserve your place.
St. Louis County Library will host a series of free, outdoor concerts this summer called Listen Up STL Live in the Jai Nagarkatti Monsanto Reading Garden. The Garden is on the grounds of the Samuel C. Sachs Branch, 16400 Burkhardt Pl., Chesterfield, MO 63017. The concert is open to the public. Concertgoers are urged to bring a lawn chair or blanket. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held inside the Samuel C. Sachs Branch.
The University City Summer Band, under the baton of Tom Poshak, will begin its twenty-first season on Tuesday June 13, 2017. Concerts will be held in Heman Park, 1028 Midland Blvd, University City, MO 63130 (park entrance is off Midland, opposite Shaftesbury). All concerts start at 7 PM, last about 80 minutes, and include a short intermission. Seating is on the lawn. Bring a lawn chair or blanket as available seating is limited. Bring your children! Bring a picnic! A refreshment stand sponsored by various groups from University City High School will be available.
The theme for the 2017 season of the University City Summer Band is Friends of the U City Summer Band. Over our previous twenty seasons, the band has collaborated with a plethora of guest conductors, soloists and composers. This year we will be celebrating with some of those musicians, including: Erica Neidlinger from DePaul University (conductor), Joe Pappas (conductor and composer), Pam Smith-Kelly (conductor featuring the music of her dad, Claude T. Smith), Jared Spears (composer), Shelly Monier (Flute), Gary Gackstatter (composer & conductor), and Frank Haspiel (composer & conductor). Members of the band to be featured as conductors include: Ron Stilwell, Matt McKeever, Bette Welch and Kurt Bauche.
The band’s repertoire includes marches, showtunes, jazz, original pieces for band, light classics, patriotic selections, popular music and transcriptions – we guarantee something for everyone from young children to senior citizens. Dine at one of the many restaurants in the University City and Loop area and then join us for a relaxing concert in the park.
The Raw Earth "casbah-ssippi" carpet ride will be landing at our favorite oasis in Soulard. The area's most eclectic world band will bring our most excellent material never before heard like this in any local, regional or world venue....Come out for an experience that will take you to the canyons of your mind, soul and heart.
The bestselling author of “The Silver Linings Playbook” offers a timely novel featuring his most fascinating character yet, a Vietnam vet embarking on a quixotic crusade to track down his nemesis from the war. As David Granger confronts his past, a poignant portrait emerges: that of an opinionated and good-hearted American patriot fighting like hell to stay true to his red, white, and blue heart, even as the country he loves rapidly changes. “The Reason You’re Alive” examines how the debts we carry from our past define us and offers an ultimately hopeful view of America’s polarized psyche.
Theo Peoples plays every Wednesday at Herbie's in Clayton, at the corner of Maryland and North Brentwood.
Left Bank Books welcomes Washington University assistant professor of dance Joanna Dee Das, who will sign and discuss her new book, "Katherine Dunham: Dance and the African Diaspora"!
This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of "Katherine Dunham: Dance and the African Diaspora" from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.
One of the most important dance artists of the twentieth century, Katherine Dunham created works that thrilled audiences the world over. As an African American woman, she broke barriers of race and gender, most notably as the founder of an important dance company that toured the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Australia for several decades. "Katherine Dunham: Dance and the African Diaspora" makes the argument that Dunham was more than a dancer—she was an intellectual and activist committed to using dance to fight for racial justice. Joanna Das examines how Dunham struggled to balance artistic dreams, personal desires, economic needs, and political commitments in the face of racism and sexism.
Delivered with a level of passion and soul equal to the legendary sonic charge of his guitar, the sound of Carlos Santana is one of the world's best-known musical signatures. For more than four decades—from Santana's earliest days as a groundbreaking Afro-Latin-blues-rock fusion outfit in San Francisco—Carlos has been the visionary force behind artistry that transcends musical genres and generational, cultural and geographical boundaries.Long before the category now known as “world music” was named, Santana's ever-evolving sound was always ahead of its time in its universal appeal, and today registers as ideally in sync with the 21st century’s pan-cultural landscape. And, with a dedication to humanitarian outreach and social activism that parallels his lifelong relationship with music, Carlos Santana is as much an exemplary world citizen as a global music icon.Santana's star arrived in the era-defining late 1960s San Francisco Bay Area music scene with historic shows at the Fillmore and other storied venues. The group emerged onto the global stage with an epic set at the Woodstock festival in 1969, the same year that its self-titled debut LP Santana came out. Introducing Santana's first Top 10 hit, “Evil Ways,” the disc stayed on Billboard’s album chart for two years and was soon followed by two more classics — and Billboard #1 albums — Abraxas and Santana III.Ever since, for more than forty years and almost as many albums later, Santana has sold more than 100 million records and reached more than 100 million fans at concerts worldwide. To date, Santana has won 10 GRAMMY® Awards, including a record-tying nine for a single project, 1999’s Supernatural (including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for “Smooth”) as well as three Latin GRAMMY’s. In 1998, the group was ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, whose website notes, “Guitarist Carlos Santana is one of rock’s true virtuosos and guiding lights.”Among many other honors, Carlos Santana received Billboard Latin Music Awards’ 2009 Lifetime Achievement honor, and, he was bestowed Billboard’s Century Award in 1996. On December 8, 2013 he was the recipient of the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors Award. Rolling Stone has also named him #15 on the magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” noting that “Santana's crystalline tone and clean arcing sustain make him the rare instrumentalist who can be identified in just one note.” And, with the 2014 release of Corazón, Santana surpassed the Rolling Stones and, along with Barbara Streisand, is one of only two music acts in Billboard history to score at least one Top Ten album for six consecutive decades from the 1960s on. Santana’s new album Corazón (RCA/Sony Latin Iberia) released May 6, 2014 is a collaborative effort with the biggest names in Latin music including ChocQuibTown, Lila Downs, Gloria Estefan, Fabulosos Cadillacs, Juanes, Ziggy Marley, Miguel, Niña Pastori, Diego Torres, Samuel Rosa of Skank, Cindy Blackman Santana, Romeo Santos, Soledad, Wayne Shorter, and more. This is Santana’s first Latin music album of his iconic career. The album is certified U.S. Latin Double Platinum and was the top selling Latin Music album in the United States for six consecutive weeks. HBO Latino & HBO Latin America celebrated the release with multiple HBO specials through a two part TV event: a behind the scenes reality themed special called “Santana: De Corazón” and the airing of his mega concert and documentary “Santana-Corazón: Live From Mexico, Live It To Believe It.” On September 9, 2014 a DVD/Live CD of the event was released documenting the show in its entirety. Both specials, and the DVD, include performances from the all-star line up that graces the album Corazón.In the fall of 2014, Carlos Santana released his memoir “The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light” which offers a page-turning tale of musical self-determination and inner self-discovery, with personal stories filled with colorful detail and life-affirming lessons. It's a profoundly inspiring tale of divine inspiration and musical fearlessness that does not balk at finding the humor in the world of high-flying fame, or at speaking plainly of Santana's personal revelations and the infinite possibility he sees in each person he meets.Beyond music, in the lifestyle and entertainment realm, River Of Colors (ROC) has enjoyed tremendous success with the Carlos by Carlos Santana and Unity by Carlos Santana brand names. Founded in 1997, ROC is dedicated to bringing products to market that embody the passion and integrity of Carlos Santana—and that are true to his distinctive style and taste. ROC’s endeavors encompass products including shoes, handbags, headwear and sparkling wine, as well as signature musical instruments including electric guitars and hand percussion instruments. ROC products are distributed at better retail stores internationally. For more information, visit www.santana.com. The arc of Santana’s performing and recording career is complemented by a lifelong devotion to social activism and humanitarian causes. The Milagro Foundation, originally established by Carlos Santana and his family in 1998, has granted more than five million dollars to non-profit programs supporting underserved children and youth in the areas of arts, education and health. Milagro means “miracle,” and the image of children as divine miracles of light and hope—gifts to our lives—is the inspiration behind its name.
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During his time with the Drive-By Truckers, Jason Isbell always sported the least grizzled voice of the bunch, a surprisingly radio-ready baritone that sounded smoother than Patterson Hood's sandpaper croon and more streamlined than Mike Cooley's twang. That voice carries more weight in Isbell's solo material, where melody and lyrics are emphasized over the swaggering guitar riffs of his previous group. Credited to Isbell and his new backing band, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit finds the songwriter reprising the same formula showcased on 2007's Sirens of the Ditch: a mix of Southern rock and rootsy, melancholic country-soul that manages to both elevate and commiserate during its 52 minutes. The result may be fairly similar to Sirens' sound, but 400 Unit marks Isbell's final move away from the Truckers, whose influence permeated Sirens in its production (helmed by Patterson Hood) and host of backing musicians (including Shonna Tucker, DBT's bassist and Isbell's former wife). Here, Isbell and his four bandmates close the studio doors to outside help, allowing several horn players to make a cameo on "No Choice in the Matter" but essentially playing everything else themselves. The result is a smart and tasteful record that sees Isbell training his songwriting eye on subjects of wartime romance, memory, and dead-end small towns. There are rock songs here -- including "Soldiers Get Strange" and "Good," both of which seem to take more influence from Tom Petty than Lynyrd Skynyrd -- but Isbellsounds most comfortable with the midtempo numbers, from the subdued shuffle of "Sunburn" (sample lyric: "I never meant to get bored with you but I never meant to stay") to the instrumental strains of "Coda." "I saw her in Roosevelt Springs, where time doesn't touch anything," he sings in "Cigarettes and Wine," a seven-minute homage to a bartender who takes in downtrodden men and selflessly suffers their despondence. Just barely out of his twenties, he writes with the well-worn weariness of someone twice his age, but Isbell's youth nevertheless breathes energy into a formula that's been revisited by many Southern-born songwriters before.
The trails that Brooklyn’s Big Thief — Adrianne Lenker (guitar, vocals), Buck Meek (guitar), Max Oleartchik (bass), and James Krivchenia (drums) — take us down on Capacity are overgrown with a wilderness of souls. Their highly anticipated second record will be released on June 9th by Saddle Creek. These are carnivorous stories, with pangs of sadness and joy. Lenker shows us the gentle side of being ripped open, and then recounts the second act of pulling oneself back together to prepare for it all to happen again.
Capacity comes just one year after the stunning debut of Masterpiece. The album took them on near-constant tours coast-to-coast in the U.S., to the U.K. and Europe twice, and around the world to Australia. But before leaving on their global adventures, they recorded Capacity in a snowy winter nest in upstate New York at Outlier Studio with producer Andrew Sarlo, who also produced Masterpiece. Sarlo worked intimately with the band to arrange most of the songs for the first time at the studio, moving from conception to birth in a matter of hours. Bonfires were built each night, a month of meals were prepared and shared by the five, with maple water from a tree tap each morning, everyone helping feed the sheep, chickens, and angora rabbits on the farm.
In Capacity’s eleven songs, Lenker introduces us to many different women, sometimes within the foyer of a house of mirrors. In the opening track, "Pretty Things", she sings: “These things that lonely ones do / Baby that's what I’m here for / I’ll take care and make all your wishes come true / If you want to / Do you want to? / Don’t take me for a fool / There’s a woman inside of me / There’s one inside of you too”
Lenker’s characters are often spooked and then soothed in a remarkably short amount of time, regenerating back into a state where they can once again be vulnerable. The band breathes with this swell, gasping in synchrony, hyperventilating with volume, and then suddenly the crisis passes and the band exhales with mutual relief. NPR Music’s Bob Boilen finds an enduring quality in Capacity’s songs: "Big Thief’s quiet power propels songs of the flesh and soul. These are timeless songs, memorable and momentous.”
" ‘Mythological Beauty’ reveals the origin of the scar on the right side of my head,” says Lenker. “It is a conversation between parent and child; between child and child; between the child within the parent and the child within the child; and between the parent within the child and the parent within the parent."
“There is a darker darkness and a lighter light on this album,” Lenker continues. “The songs search for a deeper level of self-acceptance, to embrace the world within and without. I think Masterpiece began that process, as a first reaction from inside the pain, and 'Capacity' continues that examination with a wider perspective.”
KASIMU TAYLOR TRIO & special guests | 9pm – 11pm
Part of the Kranzberg Arts Foundation’s #JazzCrawl in Grand Center, along with KDHX Magnolia Café Jazz Happy Hour, Kranzberg Arts Center’s Jazz Jam, and Nancy’s Café Simulcast at Jazz at the Bistro.
The Dark Room is the third leg of an evening of live jazz standards and collaborations, featuring “The Trio”:
Kasimu Taylor – Trumpet, Nathan Jatcko – Piano, Ben Wheeler – Bass
“Wine Flight Wednesdays”, where sommelier selected wine flights are only $15. Experience exciting wines from around the world while listening to some of STL’s finest jazz practitioners!
Concert in the park! Variety of classic rock, classic country, blues, oldies, surf, rockabilly, Americana, and more. Dance all night with the 4th Street Band!
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