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.
Flagship 2Tone group the English Beat returns to the Blueberry Hill Duck Room on Wednesday, August 28, promoting a new various artists anthology of English Beat cover songs benefiting Teenage Cancer Trust. Lead singer and guitarist Dave Wakeling spoke to me recently about the album and the charity, dropping a bit of eclectic English social history along the way.
Dubtonic Kru kicks off summer with a righteous display of why they won “Best New Band in the World.”
Friday night saw an entire night of rainfall, and the super cell storm that would be later confirmed to have created the largest tornado in recorded history left Mulberry Mountain and Wakarusa wetter and muddier than ever.
Atop a mountain, surrounded by an Arkansas forest, lies the 10-years-running music festival, Wakarusa.
Every year I head to Lafayette, La. for an international spring festival with little or no idea of the bands I will see. The quality of musical performers is outstanding, and I find one or two bands that become a favorite that I place on my future "must see" list.
Green Room Rockers hail from the land of the Wabash, another muddy river, so they should have felt right at home as they brought their Midwest brand of reggae, ska and soul to St. Louis.
Fredrick "Toots" Hibbert, freshly into his 7th decade and still not taking his sunglasses off at night, led the Maytals and the crowd through an on-point run through the definitive "Pressure Drop" before ending it with some James Brown inspired moves; a microcosm of their much-appreciated stop at the Old Rock House.