Jam veterans Widespread Panic returned to St. Louis on Tuesday night for the first of two shows at Peabody Opera House as part of its fall tour. As a diehard fan of the band for nearly 25 years, I was of course excited to spend some time with them once again in my home city at such an intimate venue.
At the age of 66, Grateful Dead founding member, guitarist and singer/songwriter Bob Weir is enjoying a bit of a Renaissance.
Most folks have football on the brain this weekend, but for the sold-out crowd that packed the Pageant wall-to-wall Saturday night, it was all about the music. Fans lined up in the cold clear down the block for the chance to get down with Phish's fearless leader, guitarist, composer and prolific poet, Trey Anastasio, and his acclaimed solo band.
Life is heavy, and the world can seem like a cold, harsh place. Sometimes you just need a hug. Other times you need a release – to scream at the top of your lungs, or jump up and down or dance until you literally collapse. Along with his band, Spearhead, Michael Franti offered plenty of opportunities for all of the above as he returned to the Pageant Thursday night.
Checkpoints and stealth officers had a heavy presence on the streets in and around Chesterfield, Mo. on Thursday night.
It's pretty much impossible to pigeonhole New Orleans-based band the Revivalists into any one genre, because their music is truly a fusion -- a delicious mix of rock, soul, funk and jazz with a dash of reggae and even hip-hop thrown in.