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.
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.
Wakarusa brings out the best in people -- bands love it, campers love it -- everyone is having a grand ole' time.
The brainchild of Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks, the Wanee Music Festival celebrated its 10th Anniversary this year, with ABB headlining two nights. Nearly 30,000 fans flocked to the bucolic Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Fla. to camp out amongst the stately trees dripping with Spanish moss and enjoy three days of live music with more than 30 bands.
Hopping club to club mainly throughout Lower Manhattan, N.Y., save for a handful of shows in Brooklyn, is the only way to absorb the CMJ Music Marathon's seemingly endless array of music. And if not taken in stride, one might easily fade before the finish line.
The CMJ Music Marathon has been exposing emerging artists since the early '80s; more recently acts like Mumford and Sons, MGMT and Savages have gained mainstream exposure through the festival. Dispersed throughout Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, the CMJathon offers five days of performances from new artists and dozens of music industry-based panels.
Several years back I was lucky enough to head to Columbia for the Roots N Blues Festival with fellow KDHX photographer Nate Burrell.