There is something about the opening number of a jazz act that is timeless. On the first night of a four-night stand in St. Louis, Ramsey Lewis Electric Band kept it cool with electric jazz that captured that feeling all through the night.
"St. Louis and New Orleans have been linked forever," says Mark "Sunny Boy" Mason. Every Tuesday afternoon, 4-7 p.m. Central, he proves it, bringing a Mardi Gras of music to the airwaves with his 88.1 KDHX show Howzit Bayou?
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.
There's nothing like honey from the Louisiana bayou. Inspired to rebuild after Katrina, the Honey Island Swamp Band has paper writing service pieced together a sweet, new sound from treasured memories.
Sponsored in part by KDHX, St. Louis Bluesweek gave the city a chance to revisit its nationally-recognized blues roots. Closing out the epic week of blues was the Soulard Blues Cruise.
Local bluesman David Dee is recognized both nationally and internationally for his contribution to the blues genre. "The blues is whoever it fits," he says.
Spicing up their big band sound with funk, soul and rock, Grupo Fantasma has transformed Latin music and gained international notoriety.
KDHX kicked off a summer of independence from mainstream media with Midwest Mayhem. The City Museum was home to four floors and several stages of musical acts and entertainment spread out over five hours on Thursday evening.
Having been in the radio industry for over 30 years, Ital-K is well known worldwide in the reggae community. In this interview Ital-K, host of Ital Rhythms on 88.1 KDHX, discuses the depths of reggae culture and music as he lives it, his connection to the Marley family and how he plans to bring quality reggae acts to St. Louis for 2011.