Pokey LaFarge and friends set up on the small raised area in the back of Vintage Vinyl on Delmar Boulevard and played as good as they ever had for crowd nearing 100. Playing along with the original South City Three were two relative newcomers: Chloe Feoranzo on clarinet and saxophone and T. J. Miller on muted trumpet. Together they added a fantastic accent to the already timeless sound that Pokey is known for.
The venue was packed from back to front with hundreds of listening ears who were truly at the right place at the right time. While playing his staple tunes, Pokey played a handful of numbers off his latest album, simply titled, "Pokey LaFarge," that he was proudly promoting. What was originally set to be a five-song set turned into a good solid hour of material and interesting commentary in between tunes.
One great surprise to Pokey fans far and wide was revealed at the show; some of the biggest news to come out of St. Louis since the Cardinals won the World Series. However, due to the nature of the business, that news is still very sensitive and cannot be published. Fans can keep an eye out for the event to occur on Tuesday, July 16.
The folk music and the fun times were a swell occasion for all, and unfortunately the end came too soon. Pokey and the rest all stuck around at the end of the show to ensure that all of their fans who were interested got a handshake and an autograph on their new albums. From playing solo gigs at Off Broadway and BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups, to playing in a full band and working with such artists like Jack White, Pokey has come a long way and still has a long way to go.
St. Louis remains proud to call him one of our own. Those lucky enough to attend the show at Vintage Vinyl will surely be able to tell their friends down the line, "Yeah, I saw Pokey LaFarge for free in a record store."
All photos by Mike Gualdoni.