For the second day of LouFest, the weather was absolutely perfect for an all-day music festival in Forest Park.
I think everyone who lived through the '80s can agree that there was no shortage of loud, longhaired rock bands dominating the radio and MTV. Amid the plethora of spandex-clad arena rockers like Mötley Crüe, Poison, Ratt and Bon Jovi, however, one band stood apart.
The last time Chicago's Wild Belle was in St. Louis was during LouFest 2013. Unfortunately, I could not attend, as I was too busy head banging to Jim James solos at the opposite stage. But I'm glad I forwent that show in order to see them in a smaller venue like the Old Rock House. For one thing, I was closer to the stage, but it was also a much more intimate show for both band and audience alike.
The Firebird opened its doors a little early for the all-ages show Saturday and the ambitiously punctual crowd filled the floors, eager to welcome a night of northwestern hip-hop. Headlined by Seattle's eternally boy-faced Grieves, the night also featured Fearce Vill, with a few guests of his own, and Vancouver's SonReal. The crowd was young and a little inexperienced at concert courtesy but the music prevailed and created a greatly enjoyable night.
The dimly lit room of mostly blue lights and an urban industrial vibe created peculiar warmth as Mike Keneally, bassist Doug Lunn and Drummer Gregg Bendian took the stage at the Demo Friday night.
At the age of 66, Grateful Dead founding member, guitarist and singer/songwriter Bob Weir is enjoying a bit of a Renaissance.