The Dizzy Gillespie Afro Cuban Experience is not just any cover band; in fact they are not a cover band. One would think how could this band carry this name if Dizzy is not there? Well, for starters, John Lee, the bassist in the band, was also a bassist in Dizzy's band for a decade.
Though they're nearing 15 years as a band, the members of Kneebody are largely regarded as youngsters in the world of jazz for their wildly innovative approach to music.
Jam veterans Widespread Panic returned to St. Louis on Tuesday night for the first of two shows at Peabody Opera House as part of its fall tour. As a diehard fan of the band for nearly 25 years, I was of course excited to spend some time with them once again in my home city at such an intimate venue.
There may be something you don't know about Dave Rawlings: he's not human, he's a machine. That may speak to the source of his group's name, Dave Rawlings Machine, but it's more like a collection of friends who happen to be within arms' reach.
Chatham County Line is a quartet of southern roots, dressed in finely pressed suits and dingy cowboy boots. They are country gentlemen at their finest, dressed to the nines and playing some of the most lauded bluegrass music today. They returned to St. Louis to play the stage at Off Broadway, showcasing several songs from their new album "Tightrope."
As airborne travelers jetted through the cloudless summer sky, white contrails draped the sunset and slowly faded to pink, as if ripened by the graceful presence of Sweet Baby James.
With over an hour until show time, the floor space in front of the Plush stage was already at a premium, contested by an ever thickening group of the most dedicated fans.