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 >>
There's a well-established struggle in Ike Turner's musical legacy. Although he's considered a rock and roll innovator, his musical accomplishments were sometimes overshadowed by his personal struggles.
While Turner's abusive behavior toward Tina Turner garners plenty of attention, another lingeri ... More >>
When it comes to his musical contributions, Chuck Berry's legacy is safe. St. Louis should be and is proud to claim Berry as one of its own for performing a slew of iconic tunes.
For the most part.
While Berry may have done much to lay the groundwork for modern rock and roll, that's not to say he' ... More >>
wikimedia commonsIke Turner's musical gifts were sizable. But his abuse of Tina Turner left a mark on his legacy.Musicians aren't saints. For every selfless and untainted individual in the music universe, there are at least a thousand others with notable -- and often-massive -- flaws.
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The Soulard Blues BandThe variety show is a venerable American musical institution, with a history that stretches all the way from medicine shows and vaudeville to the chitlin' circuit of the 1940s, the early 1950s rock & roll cavalcades promoted by Alan Freed, and the label-sponsored Stax/Vo ... More >>
Chuck Berry in 1971. Photo by Bob GruenIn this week's feature, Jamie Lees talks to legendary rock photographer Bob Gruen about what motivates him, how he finds his shots and what matters about music. He's in town this week as part of the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival, and he had some thought ... More >>
This Saturday, the Pageant celebrates its tenth birthday with a concert by Chuck Berry. $35 general admission tickets are still available; balcony seats are sold out. The show starts at 8 p.m. with a set from Shooting With Annie.
In the venue's lengthy history (a PDF listing its shows is a whoppi ... More >>
Bernard Ente/jimmyvivino.comThe man himself playing with Felix Cabrera in 2007.Watchers of late-night television knew Jimmy Vivino as the guitarist for the Tonight Show band during Conan O'Brien's short-lived stint as host. Before that, Vivino was part of the Max Weinberg 7 on Late Night with ... More >>
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1. Roky Erickson/Okkervil River - True Love Cast Out All Evil
2. MGMT - Congratulations
3. Jeff Beck - Emotion Commotion
4. Shelby Lynne - Tears, Lies, & Alibis
5. Jesse Malin & The St. Marks Social ... More >>
The music and styles of a parents' youth inevitably reappear in the music of their small children. Such is the case with Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! There's a Party in My City!. Almost two decades after rave culture's underground beginnings, it's been modified into the colorful, kid-friendly romp w ... More >>
Bobby Caldwell, guitarist extraordinaire and Missouri Country Music Hall of Fame member, passed away on the morning of November 8, 2009, after a long struggle with cancer.
Caldwell is remembered as an icon of country music and one of the most influ ... More >>