By Carolina de Busto
By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Steve Brennan
By Joseph Hess
By Allsion Babka
By Kelsey McClure
By RFT Music
By Christian Schaeffer
We have already recommended this year's batch of RFT Music Award nominees to the tune of some 17,000 words earlier in this very edition of the paper. We've said even more online at rftmusic.com. But we are also a very small percentage of the people championing St. Louis music in one way or another, so we thought we'd give someone else the chance to corroborate our enthusiasm. What follows are the 2011 RFT Music Showcase itineraries of a few notable St. Louis music folks; some are involved behind the scenes; some are former or current musicians; some are just fans. If the full schedule (which can be found on page 8) seems overwhelming, let any one of these experts make it easy on you.
Janet Maevers is co-owner of Retro 101/Cherry Bomb Vintage on Cherokee Street. "I'm no music critic, not a musician, can't sing a note, but I love music," she says. "I get to meet a lot of musicians when they come in to the store to shop, and I love to go out and see them when they play. If you see me out, say hi. I'll be the one tapping her toes in some comfortable yet stylish shoes!"
"I'd have to start things off with Sleepy Kitty. Paige has the sweetest voice, and hey, they also wear vintage from a certain vintage store. Next I'd have stop by and hear a few songs by Cassie Morgan. Been hearing and liking her songs on the only radio station in St. Louis. Or wait: Maybe I'd go see Black James. She's a cutie, and she has shopped with me.
"Then on to Theodore. These guys put on an amazing show, and you never know what (instrument) they'll be playing next!
"I'm thinking this is a good time to grab a bite to eat. Can't be running around all night seeing bands without some food. And speaking of running around, what shoes am I gonna wear? This is going to be a long night, so it's going to have to be something comfortable.
"18andCounting — Stan, another man of many talents, is at 9 p.m. Gonna have to run by and say hi. Now I'm really torn at 10:45 p.m. I hear Tight Pants Syndrome songs on the radio all the time, and I really like them but have never seen them. On the other hand, Doom Town is playing at the same time, and Ashley's first band, the Vultures, played their first (I think) gig at my store back in the day. She has been shopping with me since she was fourteen. She's like the daughter I never had; how can I miss that?"
"I'd love to get out early and see Ellen the Felon do her thing, but I'm not a big fan of DJs in this kind of setting, so I'd start my day at the outdoor stage with Funky Butt Brass Band. I don't get to see them very often, and they absolutely kill it live. Jay Fay actually did some of his first shows at Firebird as a mashup DJ, and it's cool to see his progression into original music.
"Sleepy Kitty are always charming. From there it's on to the Britches. It's a tough choice for the 7 p.m. slot — I'm going to have to split the time between the Jump Starts and the Force MCs on the outdoor stage.
"Then it's a mad dash to catch the end of Borean Dusk's set. St. Louis' metal scene is exploding right now to the point that we even have our own folk-metal group, and I can't pass that up! I'll take the next fifteen minutes to see what Ra Cailum's all about, then it's back to the outdoor stage for my boys in Machree — shame on the RFT for putting them in the same timeslot as Disappeared. Total rip-off. I'll have to ditch the end of the set to see one of my favorite locals, the Blind Eyes. I'll also head over to cheer on my bandmate Morgan Nusbaum.
"I'll probably stick with the Dubliner for the next hour or so and catch all of Flaming Death Trap and the Breaks. I'll have to begrudgingly pass on Bunnygrunt to see what new band Doom Town is all about. In the unlikely event that they suck, I'll go check out the 'Grunt. Although I wouldn't mind catching Union Tree Review, Hair of the Dog seems like a great spot to end the night, so I'll stick around for Kentucky Knife Fight and Humanoids."
Tom Huck is a St. Louis based printmaking artist/shit disturber and owner of Evil Prints.
"Bands I would see: Kentucky Knife Fight, the Humanoids and Sleepy Kitty. Never miss great rock & roll live, and these bands bring it!
"My complaint: Why in the fuck are Alley Ghost, Tilts and Rum Drum Ramblers not featured in this thing? Uh, we need the real stuff featured, folks."
Nick Acquisto is KDHX (88.1 FM) music director and host of alt-rock show The Space Parlour on Thursday nights from 7 to 9 p.m.