LouFest returned to Forest Park's Central Field for its fourth year on September 7 and 8.
Legend has it that Fitz and the Tantrums formed around an organ -- band leader Michael "Fitz" Fitzpatrick's Conn electronic organ to be precise. Keyboardist Jeremy Ruzumna, who has been with the band from the start, took that organ-driven sound and ran with it.
Recently, a cab driver asked me what I'd been listening to lately, and when I told him that I'd started playing Fitz and the Tantrums' new release "More Than Just a Dream" he replied that the band had been very popular lately, and his tone was not without a hint of derision.
As a proud Mizzou alumna, I was tremendously excited to attend the 2011 Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival in Columbia, Mo. for the first time last weekend. Now in its fifth year, this mid-Missouri celebration of food and music takes place in the streets of downtown Columbia and partially on the Mizzou Campus in beautiful Peace Park.
The 5th annual Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival took over dowtown Columbia Friday and Saturday with sounds and smells that were as sweet as they were satisfying.
The first ever Kanrocksas brought a very impressive line-up of musical guests, in addition to performance painting, games, booze, a water slide, dancing, camping, food, and supportive fan bases from all over the country.
All photos by Jon Gitchoff. View more at my Flickr site.