On the new album "Sugar Sugar Whomp Whomp," St. Louis' favorite funk-jazz brass band broadens its palette to spread hip-hop, Latin, rock, country and gospel tones across its always colorful style. The title track, featuring a nice guest spot by Dave Grelle of the Feed on organ, is classic Funky Butt Brass Band: plenty of jazz chops, buckets of soul and truckloads of funk.
If the size and enthusiasm of the crowd at the first Summer Gras festival at Old Rock House was any indication, this will become a popular annual event. Billed as a "celebration of the music and food of New Orleans," Summer Gras lived up to its name with a variety of New Orleans-based and NOLA-inspired local bands split between the indoor venue and a large outdoor stage.
The stroll to downtown St. Louis' City Museum consists of cracked and cobbled stones that prove themselves ankle-twisters after several libations. Their unsteady ground further rumbled under foot as an unseen siren's wail emanated from the building the path surrounds.
New Year's Eve is tricky. Expectations are high, and more often than not, the evening never quite seems to live up to them. Seeing a couple of bands that you know will rock your socks off seems about the best you can do. The line outside the Old Rock House as the doors opened on Tuesday night proved that to be a popular idea.
The 8th annual Midwest Mayhem -- KDHX's annual member thank-you party -- took place at the City Museum on Thursday, May 9.
From the Funky Butt horns to the Brothers Lazaroff, Melody Den weaves together veteran St. Louis musicians and other local heroes in a genre-crossing, collaborative effort called "Storylines."