KDHX's Musical Merrry-Go-Round program celebrated five years on the air with a family-friendly concert on Saturday, August 3.
Irony is the last refuge of the contrarian rock star, and Steely Dan has made an art form of the sneer and the swerve. No one captured the shattered ennui of the '70s like Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, with music that rode between rock and jazz and with lyrics that dripped irony and were derived from the detachment of seeing the world through drug-colored glasses.
We slipped into a lucky parking spot in the lot behind the Moonrise Hotel as the sun gave its final warming rays for the first-class citizens of the west side of the loop. "Two hours late for the show," I said to Johnson as we headed towards the Pageant. "This will make for an interesting review." Neither of us could have guessed how the night was about to play out.
It was a sight to behold inside the velvet-covered walls of Plush this past Friday night. Lines of West County soccer moms, new-wave cougars, rockabilly cats and kittens, dreaded goths, muscle men, aging hipsters and even KDHX DJs waited with bated breath and drink in hand for Adam Ant.
The crowd seemed sparse as the showtime approached, but appearances can be deceiving. Locals Mathias & the Pirates took the stage to open the night, and by the close of their first song, the wallflowers had emerged from the booths and shadows and the influx of returning smokers filled the gaps to stuff the floor with a crowd even headliners could appreciate. By the time Dessa took the stage, there wasn't a straggler in the room and all eyes were fixed on the Firebird stage.
Without introduction, a drop in the lights or even stray clack on the drums, Steve Marion took a power stance and drew the mingling crowd to the dance floor with a single chord from his guitar.
Tommy Halloran's Guerrilla Swing Quartet were the featured artists at the July 27, 2013 edition of KDHX's Harvest Sessions.