Brian Owens' "Sam Cooke at the Copa," which opened the spring edition of the Gaslight Cabaret Festival on Thursday, was really two great shows in one.
If soul music is anything it's the expression of unfiltered feeling -- in melody and rhythm, theme and voice. Sometimes it's utterly primal, and sometimes, as in the music of Jesse Dee, it's finely, joyfully arranged.
With a little time to spare before the 6:15 p.m. showing of "Charles Bradley: Soul of America" at the St. Louis International Film Festival at the Tivoli, I sauntered over to Meshuggah Café and ordered a hot chocolate.
The smooth, seductive voice of Frank Ocean is enough to calm even the most active seas. Prepare to set sail on "channel ORANGE."
With 50 years in the music business, Andre Williams does not disappoint. The documentary "Agile, Mobile, Hostile: A Year with Andre Williams" was screened before the show and only made one wonder what kind of show was about to happen.
Grammy Award Nominee N'dambi came through St. Louis on Saturday night and put on a high energy soulful show.
One of the greats of American popular music, Jerry Ragovoy, suffered a massive stroke yesterday and has passed away at the age of 80.