I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom's Highway is both a music biography and a lively slice of American history. Pops Staples, the group's patriarch, grew up in turn-of-the-20th-century Mississippi, with a grandfather who had been a slave and a father who ... More >>
All too often we read stories about aging, sometimes-forgotten music legends that slowly wallow away into obscurity. Highly influential music pioneers get left in the pits of financial hell when -- if there was any justice in the music business (spoiler alert: there truly isn't) -- these legends' e ... More >>
10 p.m. Friday, October 12. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 South Broadway.
You could see it coming down the street. The wall of downpour that swept through the Big Muddy Blues Festival around 4:30 p.m. yesterday didn't last long, but few stayed outside to weather the last rainy remnants of Hurricane Isaac. See also: Saturday's Big Muddy Blues Festival's Isaac-Updated Sc ... More >>
Musicians such as Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters are once-in-a-lifetime talents. And it's a safe bet that if Chess Records hadn't have made those artists' music accessible to the masses, another company would have pulled the trigger. But fortunately for Leonard Chess, the label he ran with his brothe ... More >>
Each Tuesday, record-store clerks unpack boxes of albums and restock shelves with the latest releases. This week brings many notable releases, including albums from New Jersey's finest power-pop outfit, Fountains of Wayne, indie hybrid Boston Spaceships and blues guitar fixture Keb Mo.
9 p.m. Thursday, May 26. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Today is the birthday for a brand new organization called Three Forks Music. The collective is a union of three record labels: Cat Head, St. Louis' own Broke & Hungry Records and Mudpuppy Recordings. The collaboration, inspired by the labels' work making the film M For Mississippi, is an effort to i ... More >>
madart.comSt. Louis artist, author and one-time RFT cover illustrator Kevin Belford is a man on a mission: to assert St. Louis' rightful place in the history of blues music. Belford's new book, Devil at the Confluence: The Pre-War Blues Music of St. Louis, is out next month from Virginia Publ ... More >>
Alive At Seventy Five
Veteran bluesman Bobby Rush charms China, while B-Sides makes a mixtape for Elmo the Muppets life.
10 p.m. Saturday, December 16. BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups (700 South Broadway).
Bennie Smith: 1933-2006.
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Friday, September 9; Roberts Orpheum Theater (416 North Ninth Street)
Saturday and Sunday, September 3 and 4; Laclede's Landing (First and Lucas streets)
The Black Keys bring old-school flair to their tunes. Just don't call them a blues band.
A gang of elderly, seedy Mississippi bluesmen come to your home...in DVD form
Thursday, March 31; BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups (700 South Broadway)
If you weren't at this landmark blues concert, Lightning in a Bottle will do
Sunday, September 26; Broadway Oyster Bar
The musicians in the Baby Blues Showcase tell you the troubles they've seen
Blind Mississippi Morris breathes new life into the blues
Thursday, May 29; Broadway Oyster Bar
Reaves-Phillips offers a phenomenal sampling of six legends
The local blues legend looks back on 40 years in St. Louis
For more than 25 years, singer Terry Evans has been a fixture in roots music. You might not know his name, but you probably know his music.
Wednesday, April 24; Mississippi Nights
Saturday, Aug. 18; Fox Theatre
Sunday, July 22; Broadway Oyster Bar.
Friday, June 15; Pageant
Twenty-seven years ago, Shuggie Otis released one amazing record. Maybe now it'll get its due.
Rory Block has been summoning ghosts of the blues for the past 40 years
Steeped in family and regional tradition, the brothers Dickinson create a variation on the hill-country blues for their North Mississippi All Stars
Saturday, Feb. 12; Side Door
Friday, Dec. 10; BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups
A celebration of bluesman Henry Townsend on the occasion of his 90th birthday