Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Kim Massie Keeps the Tip Jar Full at her Decade-Old Residency

Posted By on Tue, Jun 7, 2011 at 10:18 AM

PHOTO BY ELIZABETH ORTMANN
  • Photo by Elizabeth Ortmann

Two nights a week St. Louisans fill downtown's Beale on Broadway for resident diva, Kim Massie's vocal stylings. Most have heard of this legendary voice, but if you haven't been, it is worth the $7 cover to experience the performance she provides. If the temps are right the entertainment will take place on the spacious patio, giving the crowd a roomy alternative to the small, dark space inside.

People begin arriving early, enjoying drinks and conversation as the band, the Solid Senders, warm up with a little jazz and funk. Though slated to begin at 10 pm, Ms. Massie doesn't climb the stage until almost 11.

PHOTO BY ELIZABETH ORTMANN
  • Photo by Elizabeth Ortmann

Come prepared with cash, tips are mentioned before she even starts singing and the request is repeated between every song, but beware, Beale is a 3 o'clock bar, the night could add up. After ten years performing on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Beale the singer has learned a few things about persuading that jar to stay full.

She comfortably and quickly makes her way through standards, jazz and blues covers with that cool, recognizable voice, but claims you would be surprised how much her and the band know, for a nominal fee. A $20 bill will get you an entertaining version of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" or something similarly out of the ordinary.

PHOTO BY ELIZABETH ORTMANN
  • Photo by Elizabeth Ortmann

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