Let us not beat around cardinal-shaped bushes: LouFest 2015 did little to galvanize anything but a dilettante's hope for next year.
For the second day of LouFest, the weather was absolutely perfect for an all-day music festival in Forest Park.
In its fifth year, LouFest took over Forest Park in St. Louis on September 6 and 7, 2014.
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.
Delta Spirit can be a hard band to get a handle on.
Ellis Ludwig-Leone sits on a train directed towards a haven whose name I can't quite make out. The chug noise accompanying Ludwig-Leone's amiable chatter obfuscates most vowel sounds. He is on his way to celebrate a romantic anniversary and miscalculated the time necessary to phone in for an interview.
Going to see Those Darlins comes with one guarantee: Jessi Zazu will stare you down. Yes, she's playing with your mind; and yes, she's enjoying it.
Roadkill Ghost Choir's sound has elements of rock and folk, and lyrics that have memorable characters and stories. Andrew Shepard started the band almost randomly, and RGC has so far enjoyed gigs at music festivals and TV appearances, and will head out on the road not long after LouFest to promote its new album "In Tongues."