Last year, as bohemians in frilled tops jammed to the prominent and the popular at LouFest, deep in the basement of Empire Hall another sort of spirit sang: the punk, the experimental, the homegrown, the bold.
In this session, Sam Prekop with Archer Prewitt, one hears Prekop's dreams of sonic landscapes forged by Brian Eno, Robert Fripp and Philip Glass.
Picking up where bands like (if there ever could be a band like) Gogol Bordello left off, This Way to the EGRESS turns in a madcap take on the underrated (if not unknown) gypsy-jazz-old-time-punk drinking song.
Lucia Pamela was born in St. Louis in 1904. She was taught piano by her mother, and studied at Soldan High School and Washington University. After being named Miss St. Louis in 1926 she was invited to join the Ziegfeld Follies.
It wasn't until tUnE-yArDs' fourth song that singer Merrill Garbus finally picked up her baritone ukulele and the crowd cheered. "Oh you like this thing?" she smiled coyly before strumming chords over looping, flanged beats.
Empire Hall is as nice of a spot as any in St. Louis to host a party. Giant windows look out over California Avenue, and natural light spills into the space, illuminating the white pillars and shining hardwood floors of the interior. There is a subtle elegance to the space, making it the perfect spot for a wedding reception or a gallery opening.