Stages St. Louis opens its 29th season with a rousing, toe-tapping, finger-snapping production of "Smokey Joe's Café," a musical revue celebrating the songs of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. The selected numbers, from the nascent days of rock-n-roll, represent a variety of styles that continue to have an influence on popular music today. Throughout the evening, the audience is treated to skillful productions featuring the steady rhythms and harmonies of swing, heartfelt ballads and sultry torch songs, high-energy rock numbers, and powerful soul tunes.
Rick Comello began collecting music as a child, frequenting Vintage Vinyl and other local wax emporiums. Eventually branching out into the world of progressive rock and fusion, Comello now shares obscure entries from his ever-enlarging collection on "C-Sides," from 1-3 a.m. Central every Tuesday on KDHX.
Growing up in St. Louis in the 1970s, in the heyday of Peaches Records and KSHE "Real Rock Radio," I heard a lot of Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band.
A sold-out crowd packed the Peabody Opera House on a lovely spring Friday night to see if a rock legend still had the chops.
Although the evening was fraught with the kinds of problems that only Friday the 13th can bring about, JBOT and his band of robotic revolutionaries, aka Captured! by Robots, made sure that our glasses were half full of the purest rock available by law.