When considering the life and music of Preston Hubbard, the tales sometime seem too tall to be believed. The back-story threatens to overwhelm the front-story, or maybe it's impossible to say which is which. Born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1953, Hubbard became one of the hottest bass players on ... More >>
The 2014 Riverfront Times Music Showcase will be held this year on June 7 in the Grove! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music will be making our cases for all 140 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year ... More >>
Make no mistake about the music that Miss Molly Simms performs -- she's a blues musician and sets out to prove it on her latest effort, Revenants. Opening track "Angry Evil Woman" kicks off with a molten howl -- proof that, as the lyrics suggest, she has traded her soul for the blues. By the record' ... More >>
Julianne & Kevin Reaume Hometown: Syracuse, NY Have you been to the Big Muddy Blues Festival before: First time Most excited about seeing: Miss Jubilee & The Humdingers Words for Hurricane Isaac: "It's going to follow us back to New York, that's all I know." The Big Muddy Blues Festival in ten words ... More >>
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 >>
The Big Muddy Blues Festival, which takes place downtown every year on Labor Day weekend, returns this year with three stages on Laclede's Landing and a headlining set from New Orleans' Dr. John. Tickets are on sale now -- they range from $10 a day for general admission to $85 per day for Gold Lev ... More >>
7 p.m. Saturday, January 21. BB's Jazz Blues and Soups, 700 South Broadway.
8 p.m. Tuesday, January 3. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
Oh yes: Gregg Allman is coming to the Pageant on January 3rd. Devon Allman's Honeytribe will open. Tickets are $37.50 and $50 and go on sale October 21st at 5 p.m. Allman is touring behind Low Country Blues, his first new album in thirteen years. It was produced by T Bone Burnett (why do we ... More >>
8 p.m. Sunday, March 20. The Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.
Jon ScorfinaMore so than any other form of black wax, the vinyl 78 has endured, preserving an essential portion of 20th century American music, culture and history. It's ironic, then, that you're more likely to find 78s collecting mold in a landfill than you are to find the hugely over-presse ... More >>
Photo: Diana BenantiLeft to right: Blues musicians Bob Case, Roland Johnson and Mayor Francis Slay. Organizers of a new music festival to be called St. Louis Bluesweek held a press conference downtown yesterday to announce their lineup and unveil plans for construction of a new Blues Hall of Fame ... More >>
The BIg Muddy Blues Festival will be back on Laclede's Landing for the fifteenth straight year this Labor Day weekend. Artists announced so far for the two-day event include Moreland and Arbuckle, Nick Curran and the Lowlifes, Magic Slim and the Teardrops and Eric "Guitar" Davis. Local luminary Kim ... More >>
Robin WheelerBlues City Deli owner Vince ValenzaVince Valenza has traveled a long journey from his childhood in downtown St. Louis' Sicilian neighborhood to celebrating five years of owning Blues City Deli in Benton Park. Through it all, he's had his family, good food and a lot of soulful music ... More >>
1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, September 5, and Sunday, September 6. Laclede's Landing.
9 p.m. Tuesday, August 4. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
10 p.m. Saturday, May 23. Beale on Broadway, 701 South Broadway.
In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer interviews Alvin Jett, the leader of Alvin Jett and the Phat noiZ Blues Band. He had this to say: Christian Schaeffer: Where do you see Phat noiZ fitting in within the spectrum of St. Louis blues music?Alvin Jett: I just hope to continue the musical legacy ... More >>
Busy weekend! Friday, April 17 *Solange/Teresajenee, Webster University *Pretty & Nice/Radical Sons, Firebird *Jason Ringenberg/Rough Shop, Off Broadway *Loyal Earth Fest at the Old Rock House*Unwed Sailor/Jovian Chorus/Dear Future, Luminary Center for the Arts*Alvin Jett and Phat NoiZ, Riddles* ... More >>
Break ups, breakdowns and the blues of the gods
8 p.m. Saturday, April 7. The Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard).
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 20. BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups (700 South Broadway).
The Big Muddy Blues Festival is back and bigger than ever, while B-Sides finds out that Michael Bolton isn't an assclown and spotlights photography superstar Tammy Leahy,
Mercernary (Blue Note)
Friday, December 16; BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups (700 South Broadway)
Thursday, September 22; BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups (700 South Broadway)
Saturday, March 19; Frederick's Music Lounge, 4454 Chippewa Street
Wednesday, February 2, through Saturday, February 5; Jazz at the Bistro (3536 Washington Avenue)
Frederick's Music Lounge; Tuesday, December 28
Trickle Down Blues (King Solomon Records)
Learn fun things about the humble mole rat, getting busted in East St. Louis and why our city wants to have the blues
The readers spoke, and the RFT music staff listened. Find out who's large and in charge on the St. Louis music scene.
Uneven play bedevils Black Rep's Robert Johnson
Thursday, May 24; B.B.'s Jazz, Blues & Soups.
The Fat Possum Juke Joint Caravan is bringing songs of anger, misery and lust to Blueberry Hill -- and you'd be a fool to miss it
Friday, Dec. 17; BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups
The Holiday Inn Westport hosts the sixth annual convention of the Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica
Sunday, Aug. 1; Generations