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 >>
Every couple weeks, starting now, RFT Music takes a hard listen to the music in which millions of Americans soak. Brad Paisley, "Southern Comfort Zone" Current Billboard Country Singles Chart Position: 10 The Verdict: Holy shit, songs on the radio can still be important! So, here, in a shimmering ... More >>
"I was trying on my outfit earlier [for the video release party], which is why I have on a crazy outfit right now. This is not my day wear," Kristin Dennis of N√©e reassures me about her purple one piece jumpsuit with gold buckled belt as we walked into Native Sound Studio. Dennis is lively as her m ... More >>
Overshadowed in death by the passing of Don Cornelius of Soul Train, St. Louis R&B and gospel singer David Peaston also died on February 1, 2012, from complications from diabetes. He was 54. Peaston was part of St. Louis gospel royalty. His mother was Martha Bass, singer in the foundational gospel ... More >>
"Rescue Me" is ubiquitous in commercial culture, featured in everything from a Pizza Hut commercial to an edgy television show starring the delightful Dennis Leary. But before the song became entwined in the glitz and glam that comes with endorsements, "Rescue Me" was St. Louis native Fontella Bass ... More >>
8 p.m. Sunday, June 5. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
The Billiken Club just announced its official spring 2011 lineup. Although some of these shows were unofficially announced several months ago -- C86 indie-poppers Dum Dum Girls, we're looking at you -- there are a few surprises. For many, the biggest booking is probably Akron/Family, the psych-rock- ... More >>
8 p.m. Monday, September 27. The Luminary Center for The Arts, 4900 Reber Place.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 25. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights.
8 p.m. Monday, August 2. The Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Boulevard.
8 p.m. Tuesday, February 16. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
8 p.m. Thursday, January 21. The Bottleneck Blues Bar at the Ameristar Casino, 1260 South Main Street, St. Charles.
9 p.m. Monday, March 30. The Billiken Club, in the Busch Student Center on the campus of Saint Louis University, 20 North Grand Boulevard.
8:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 5. Cicero's, 6691 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
9 p.m. Saturday, September 27. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue
B-Sides finds its relgion with gospel legends Blind Boys of Alabama, and eases the burden on its wallet by snagging some free music via the Download.
Singer-songwriter Michelle Shocked keeps the faith.
7 p.m. Friday, September 21. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
The Black Rep's Mahalia preaches to the choir.
Friday, March 31, 8 p.m. The Sheldon Concert Hall (3648 Washington Boulevard)
Saturday, February 11, at the Edison Theatre (6445 Forsyth Boulevard, on the campus of Washington University)
Christian hip-hop is on the march, but some say it's the Devil's music
RIP, Brother Ray
With extra Bass
The legendary St. Louis songstress Fontella Bass headlines a benefit for the Blues Mission Fund
Tuesday, November 19; Fox Theatre
Saturday, Dec. 15; Incahoots
Intrepid columnist gets a dose of that Hammertime religion
Double-bassist Edgar Meyer bows deep at the Sheldon
Fontella Bass travels the world spreading her soul and gospel, but she's less well known in her own hometown
Grandpa's Ghost baffles New York listeners.
Leeora Daniels serves as coach, quarterback and cheerleader for the Gospel Super Bowl