The St. Louis Cabaret Festival, under the guiding hand of Tim Schall, is, so far, a resounding success. Last night at the Sheldon an adoring, almost adulatory packed house welcomed that stellar cabaret artist Ann Hampton Callaway and her evening's tribute to Barbra Streisand.
If you have never seen the Carolina Chocolate Drops live, you must immediately fill up your biggest thermos with tar-black coffee, get in the car and follow them to Indianapolis for their gig on Saturday.
You didn't have to be the luckiest guy on the lower east side to win these tickets -- you just had to tell us what you would name a fictional 70th Magnetic Fields song.
The acoustically-sound Sheldon Concert Hall might just be the perfect space for the sonic warmth and cutting lyrics of the Magnetic Fields. And when Stephin Merritt and Co. decend upon the hall next Wednesday, November 14 as part of the KDHX sponsored Sheldon Sessions, we want you to be there. We'll even throw in an autographed album from the band!
The lights dimmed to darkness in the Sheldon Concert Hall to signal the Flecktones making their way to the stage. A moment of quiet settled in.
Late in his set, Hayes Carll gave his appreciation to the audience as he said, "Thanks for coming out on a Sunday night especially after the official Super Bowl of drinking yesterday."
To paraphrase The Pixies: "HAYES! Been tryin' to meet you!" And that's what we gave you the chance to do -- meet Hayes Carll and attend his soundcheck, followed by his show at the Sheldon this Sunday, March 18 -- by writing a Hayes Carll haiku. A Hay-ku, if you will.
As the audience roared and gave Los Lobos a standing ovation, guitarist Cesar Rosas joked, "You know we're Los Lobos? Not Los Lonely Boys right?" The St. Louis crowd, fully aware of who they were about to see, were genuinely thrilled and the air filled with electricity.
From being "Just another band from East LA" to winning Grammies and even playing the White House, Los Lobos has never lost its bite even after an incredible 30 years on the scene. And when they roar through St. Louis this Sunday, February 26th, we want to make sure you're there to experience it.
Possessing a humor that draws fans in, singer-songwriter Todd Snider often covers topics that run much deeper.