On a particularly frigid January afternoon this year, I stumbled upon an interesting scene in the Delmar Loop (where RFT Music HQ is located, for those unaware). Moving up and down the streets was an enthusiastic man with an acoustic guitar strapped on his back, flanked by another fella, pointing a ... More >>
8 p.m. Sunday, September 9. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Sometimes blues and folk duos get lost in the bustle of rowdy drinkers in neighborhood bars, but this was never the case for Letter to Memphis. The dominating smokey vocals of Devon Cahill quickly caught the attention of every shot-slinger in the place, even though they were only playing cover songs ... More >>
p.m. Friday, July 20. Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, 3301 Lemp Avenue.
The Place: 3500 Winehaus (3500 Watson Road; 314-353-9463) The Lunch: The "Memphis Blues" sandwich, with a side of fruit and a glass of pinot grigio ($9) 3500 Winehaus has been open for about a year and a half in Lindenwood Park. It offers something different from the nearby corner bars and neighbo ... More >>
Okay, so who had St. Louis U advancing and the Missouri Tigers going out in the opening round? Show of hands, please. Alright, everyone look around. See those people with their hands up? Those people are liars. Do not trust them, no matter what they tell you. You do, and you'll end up with t ... More >>
Memphis-based singer, songwriter, and upright bass player, Amy LaVere comes to the Old Rock House (1200 S. 7th St. 314-588-0505 ) this Thursday (8 p.m., $15), opening for former Black Crowes guitarist, Rich Robinson, on tour with a new solo album, his second since 2004, Through A Crooked Sun (Circle ... More >>
Below: The ending to the speech Martin Luther King Jr. made in Memphis on April 3, 1968, the night before he was assassinated. King was in Tennessee to support striking sanitation workers and talked during the speech about the possibility of his early death.
Memphis, Tennessee, is famous for its barbecue. Usually, it's dry-rubbed pork. Today, it's raccoon.WMC (via KSDK) reports that police were summoned to the parking lot of a Memphis apartment complex to find a man cooking a raccoon.Investigators called in the department's meth task force to help af ... More >>
3 p.m. Friday, July 15. Euclid Records, 601 East Lockwood Avenue.
image viaJust make sure your Megabus trip doesn't end in quicksand as this one between Chicago and Minneapolis apparently did.Love it or hate it, the Megabus remains one of the cheapest rides out of town (though its rival, Greyhound Express, does provide better free entertainment). Now it's e ... More >>
Courtesy: Harrah's CasinoKelly English, owner of Restaurant Iris in Memphis, will open a steakhouse at Harrah's Casino.Harrah's Casino (777 Casino Center Drive, Maryland Heights; 314-770-8100) announced last month that it will open Kelly English Steakhouse this fall in the location now occupied b ... More >>
8:30 p.m. Friday, July 1. Mojo's, 1013 Park Avenue, Columbia.
From Beale Street in an equally wet previous year. Photo by theogeoBe prepared. Every festival-goer should take to heart this bit of Boy Scout zen. But when a pair of multi-day passes for the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Tennessee fell into my lap on Friday afternoon, I had too lit ... More >>
9 p.m. Wednesday, November 17. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Marie ArsenaultThe Bo-Keys at Off BroadwayThe concept behind Beat 'n' Soul is straightforward enough: two nights of veteran and revivalist garage rock and soul at one club in St. Louis. Think of it as a mini Ponderosa Stomp for the River City. In terms of quality, the lineup for the maiden vo ... More >>
9 p.m. Friday, July 30. Foam, 3359 South Jefferson Avenue.
A University of Illinois study released last week reports that St. Louis, Memphis and other towns near the New Madrid fault line are ill-prepared for a possible 7.7 magnitude earthquake. The study commissioned by the Federal Emergency Management Agency found that such a temblor could leave 3,500 ... More >>
Star & Micey are not a duo; they're not even Star and Micey. The young trio of Joshua Crosby (24), Geoff Smith (25) and Nick Redmond (26) took their name from a random encounter with a homeless man who inspired Crosby to get his shit together, form a band and turn his talent into more than ju ... More >>
Tuesday, December 29. MoKaBe's, 3606 Arsenal Street. 314-865-2009. 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 30. Cicero's, 6691 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
Ethical questions about meat get literary treatment. (The Austin American-Statesman)Want to be a culinary entrepreneur? Here's how. (The New York Times)What your beer says about you. (Advertising Age)A glimpse at "Whining and Dining" with kids. (Memphis Commercial-Appeal)Not a fan of choco ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 30. The Bottleneck Blues Bar at the Ameristar Casino, 1260 South Main Street, St. Charles.
Want to celebrate Memphis in May but can't make it to the actual city of Memphis? The new Downtown West barbecue restaurant Smoking Joe's Bar-Be-Que (1901 Washington Avenue) is hosting a Memphis in May celebration this Friday from 5 p.m.-1 a.m. and Saturday from noon-1 a.m.The celebration, co-sponso ... More >>
Finally!Our river city might play second fiddle to Memphis when it comes to barbecue, and the Delmar Loop might not offer the bluesy, boozy embrace of Beale Street, but when it comes to God-friendliness, St. Louis is now entitled to bragging rights.COGIC and the STL Convention & Visitors Commiss ... More >>
Oh, baby! How 'bout those Mizzou Tigers?! My grad-school alma mater (thank you!) heads to the Elite 8 after knocking off No. 2 seed Memphis in a thrilling victory last night in Arizona. Up 24 points early in the second half, the MU Tigers held off a late rally by those other Tigers, Memphis, to win ... More >>
Week of January 11, 2007
Highway 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen is the real deal.
That whole talking animal genre? Let's be done with it.
Week of September 14, 2005
Learn fun things about the humble mole rat, getting busted in East St. Louis and why our city wants to have the blues
It Still Moves (ATO Records)
Blind Mississippi Morris breathes new life into the blues
Downtown Memphis is already where downtown St. Louis hopes to go
Jim Green, ex-con and government snitch, says he and his buddies from the Bootheel took part in the plot to kill Martin Luther King Jr. Trouble is, Green's been lying all his life -- so why should anybody believe him now?
Music can free your soul, but can it spring the West Memphis Three?
My Heart's in Memphis: The Songs of Dan Penn (Rounder Records)
Following the smoke signals to more of this town's best barbecue
Isaac Hayes performs in the hallowed halls of Powell as part of the Blues, Roots, Honks and Moans Festival