Progressive improvisation band Umphreys McGee takes elements of rock, funk, jazz fusion and virtually every other musical form and turns it into a creation that transcends its component parts.
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.
What do you get when you combine members of some of the city's best bands with bearded eccentrics, space choir singing and ukuleles? No, not a miniature version of Mad Dogs and Englishmen, though that would be kind of cool. The answer is the Whole Earth Nuclear Ukulele Orchestra.
The dance floor was packed, the lights slowly dimmed and silhouettes began forming on stage, creating a wave of excitement amongst the audience.
The night began with local act 3 Kings taking a trip through the land of funk and blues with a few surprise stops along the journey.
Make no mistake, the Fabulous Fox is St. Louis' most beautiful venue. With a rotunda ceiling, filagreed walls and hundreds of cherubic busts hanging from the eaves, any band can seem grand.