The Ready Room's luck has been rather rough, as in "The Perfect Storm"-like rough. Noise complaints that stemmed from the Grove's residents have kept the venue from carrying on freely like small-to-midsized joints located in surrounding neighborhoods. The venue survived a liquor license protest this week due to a lack of signatures from protesters. Still, the owners' have had to insulate its sound per resident request.
Winter is coming, and with the approach, a storm of fall shows designed to draw music fans out of their post-summer doldrums. Located at Plush, the Yacht and White Fang bill did very little to assuage the desire to go outside and seek solace in a cigarette. The two played a pair of jesters who cartwheeled around court with their tongues out and wagged before us cracked-out antics that were just irreverent enough for the audience to enjoy.
Approximately 8,500 fans of jam rock, blues, funk, soul, bluegrass and more flocked to the heartland this past weekend for the inaugural Phases of the Moon Music and Art Festival, held at Kennekuk County Park just outside of the small town of Danville, Illinois, a stone's throw from the Illinois-Indiana border.
The late eighteenth century artistic movement known as sturm und drang (usually translated as "storm and stress") had already evolved into the pervading sensibility of the Romantic era by the time the earliest work on this weekend's St. Louis Symphony concerts—the "Piano Concerto No. 1" by Brahms—was written. But "storm and stress" of one sort or another lie at the heart of it and the other two pieces on the program.
This year's LouFest was marked by some major changes. First up, the great weather. Last year was marked by some heavy, uninvited rain. Also, this year saw the addition of a fourth stage, which made things a bit more challenging for concertgoers. In order to get good real estate, it's best to leave a band's set 15 minutes early. Overall, a great first day for what's becoming a St. Louis institution. Sunday promises to be even better.
Lee Bains III is a Southern rock 'n' roll rebel with a cause.
Sunday night at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater was the perfect date night for guitar players, geeks and dorks. The double bill of Jeff Beck and ZZ Top gave guitar players and their significant others, the best of both worlds. The musical wet dreams from Beck's fingers were for the six-stringed daydreamers, while the "Tube Snake Boogie" of ZZ Top gave everyone a reason to shake their booties.
I needed some of what singer-songwriter John Moreland would refer to as "God's Medicine" -- a night of literate, acoustic music, people and spectacle.