In his three-decade career, Marshall Crenshaw hasn't taken traditional routes. He's a Michigan-born singer-songwriter with a penchant for complex chord structures and pub rock-flavored pop while portraying other musicians. In the early years of his career, he played John Lennon in a production of "Beatlemania," then found himself onscreen as Buddy Holly in the 1987 film "La Bamba."
This was the first show of an unusual Midwestern tour, in which the musicians had not met previously and had only practiced together for two days prior to the show, rehearsing on this very stage.
St. Louis' own Bottle Rockets kicked off their tour opening for Marshall Crenshaw as well as performing as his backing band at Off Broadway on a snowy Wednesday night to a packed crowd.
Marshall Crenshaw has been working both on-stage and behind the scenes in the music biz since he was 10. His biggest hit was his classic debut album in 1982, but he's continued to craft catchy pop for discerning fans ever since. Hear him communicate to a younger generation on Musical Merry-Go-Round.