The 5th annual Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival took over dowtown Columbia Friday and Saturday with sounds and smells that were as sweet as they were satisfying.
Sponsored in part by KDHX, St. Louis Bluesweek gave the city a chance to revisit its nationally-recognized blues roots. Closing out the epic week of blues was the Soulard Blues Cruise.
St. Louis' own Old Lights opened the second day of LouFest with class and passion. Their set was mostly attended by old fans and friends with a slow trickle of people coming in during the music.
It was surreal to roll through Forest Park Saturday morning, past bikers and joggers, the quiet fountains, apartment buildings looming like mountains on either side of the park, and then, the sound of Troubadour Dali's "Ducks In A Row" coasting out from atop the central field.
Veteran St. Louis band Jumbling Towers stands out in the field of modern indie music with an eccentric brand of pop -- a dynamic collision of electronics, guitar hooks, startling vocals and beats.