Let's face it: St. Louis loves itself some tribute bands. An Under Cover Weekend sells out every autumn, and KDHX puts on several well-attended tribute benefits a year. We've even got competing Beatles tribute bands in town. That's the only reason why the following news is not a complete shock.
This weekend, locals the Old Souls Revival and Emily Wallace release new albums, Weird Fest stirs up Foam, and blues regulars work together to raise some funds for pups. Besides that, check out some options at newer spots hosting shows in town including the Blind Tiger and No Coast's new location in ... More >>
In this weekly column, RFT Music gets to know local creatives, musicians and their missions. Get a slice of the local scene, complete with a snippet of sound and info about upcoming releases and shows. Stick around to see what St. Louis artists have to say whenever they Fill in the Blank. The term ... More >>
In case you haven't heard, people are pretty upset about Taste of St. Louis moving to Chesterfield this fall. At first, owner Mike Kociela told us it was simply a matter of making the event more regional -- a logistics issue. Yesterday, though, we went to the Board of Aldermen meeting on Summer Rock ... More >>
Feeling nervous at nightclubs? Are you tired of standing around at shows with your hands in your pockets? In this week's music feature, "For Peat's Sake: St. Louis Rallies to Benefit a Friend," we talk at length about local punk and bike scene personality Peat Henry and the fundraiser show happening ... More >>
St. Louis' gain is Portland's loss. After twenty years running the City of Roses, Portland's old-timey streetcars are moving to St. Louis as part of a ten-year lease deal, according to KGW News in Portland.
This is pretty self-explanatory, really -- here you will find every musical project released in the St. Louis area in February 2014, listed in alphabetical order. There are links to information about the bands and places to buy these things as well as streaming previews wherever possible. Note: We ... More >>
St. Louis will continue to be graced by the presence of world-class music director David Robertson through the St. Louis Symphony's 2017-2018 season, according to a press release sent out by the organization today. The revered conductor began his run with the SLSO in 2005.
Carmel Limousine, St. Louis' first app-based car-hailing service, won't be ready for another week. The company hoped to start St. Louis service on Monday, officially bringing the Lou into the growing circle of dozens of major American cities with access to a car and driver at the push of a button.
There seems to be a new trend growing the St. Louis comedy scene that demands the format of the traditional comedy show be disregarded. While it still isn't difficult to find a show that is exactly what you'd expect, there's also increasing opportunities to step outside of the comfort zone and share ... More >>
Our beloved St. Louis -- celebrating its 250th birthday this year -- is on an uptick. The city has tech startups out the wazoo, gets recognized for all kinds of cuisine and is one of the most literate cities in the nation. Basically, we're surrounded by awesome stuff at all times. But new residents ... More >>
Last week's poll was our biggest ever. St. Louis has more than enough craft beer to go around, but we know some breweries get more love than others -- hence our question. One of the freshmen won the title of STL's most underrated craft beer, despite the fact that they've only been open for a few mon ... More >>
Our money's on Chuck Berry. The St. Peters location of the St. Louis Frozen Custard Factory closed recently, and it looks like someone's been messing with their sign.
This week, check out Galactic at the Pageant, Noah Gunderson at the Demo, Water Liars at Off Broadway and more to help defrost that tid bit nipply feeling. Check out details on these recommendations and more, and as usual, stayed tuned for Friday for more suggestions on what to see in our weekend be ... More >>
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company (3229 Washington Avenue; 314-222-0143) is now open for business in the Grove. The new brewery and bierhall at 4465 Manchester Avenue clocks in at 70,000 square feet. As of Friday, February 28, it's the biggest craft brewery in St. Louis. See also: Urban Chestnut to O ... More >>
Jackie Miller and Ashley Morrison weren't looking for a package deal when they set out to fill the executive chef position at Bella Vino Wine Bar & Tapas (325 South Main Street, St. Charles; 636-724-3434) But when a former co-worker introduced them to Austin Hamblin and Michelle Allender, they decid ... More >>
Downtown food festival Taste of St. Louis is moving to Chesterfield, event organizers announced today. It has traditionally been held at the Soldiers Memorial Plaza near other downtown instutions like the Peabody Opera House, Union Station and St. Louis City Hall. See also: The Food of Taste of St ... More >>
One of St. Louis' most popular musicians entered the fray to save a nightclub pivotal to the history of St. Louis' music. In a op-ed letter published on St. Louis Public Radio's web site, Pokey LaFarge chastised the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' desire to raze the Palladium (Plantation Club) ... More >>
When we've asked chefs around town what their favorite part about working in the food industry in St. Louis is, more than once the answer came back, "The community." That's what we love about writing about food in St. Louis, too -- the community. And we're trying to build ours here at Gut Check. W ... More >>
In this weekly column, RFT Music gets to know local creatives, musicians and their missions. Get a slice of the local scene, complete with a snippet of sound and info about upcoming releases and shows. Stick around to see what St. Louis artists have to say whenever they Fill in the Blank. When guit ... More >>
It's here! Mardi Gras is finally upon us, and there are a seemingly infinite number of raucous events to go with it. We've got some of those, but if that's not your thing, why not learn how to make a pizza, or treat yourself with a pre-Oscars party? Check out our food-related recommendations after t ... More >>
It was another good month for St. Louis restaurants. We keep waiting for one of our beloveds to close and break our hearts, but so far so good. There are a bunch of good things on the horizon, too, so be sure to check back throughout March for more openings. Check out the full list of openings and c ... More >>
St. Louis, we've got it all. And we have the jingle to prove it. A rediscovered tourism video from 1974 went understandably viral in St. Louis this weekend as a new generation heard the catchy theme, "St. Louis Has it All from A to Z."
Inventors need workshops. Thomas Edison built his in Menlo Park, New Jersey, and it's there that he hit upon the incandescent light-bulb; Nikola Tesla's mythic New York lab contained only God-knows-what. (Teleporters, probably.) But when St. Louians Jim McKelvey and Jack Dorsey needed a prototype f ... More >>
March Madness is nearly upon us and so too is the third annual installment of the Riverfront Times' comedy competition, Standup Throwdown. Not familiar with how it works? Here's the Throwdown lowdown:
Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain Tim Horton's announced an enterprising expansion plan yesterday to put over 800 new locations in the United States in the next few years, including 40 in St. Louis. Tim Horton's first came down in 1985 to Buffalo, New York, which now has over 200 locations. See al ... More >>
It's not Uber. It's not Lyft. Turns out, New York City's Carmel is the first app-based ride-hailing service to cross the finish line into St. Louis, and they beat the competition by following the rules.
When St. Louis deacon Wissam Akiki is ordained Thursday, he'll become the first married Maronite Catholic priest in the U.S. At first glance, this feels like huge news for the church, especially for a town as Catholic as St. Louis. And it sort of is. After all, Pope Francis made a special, one-time ... More >>
Faring Purth, a wandering street artist famous nationally for her hauntingly distorted portraits, landed in St. Louis weeks ago with the dream of adding a massive mural to the Lou's street art scene. But things changed when Purth found her way to Cherokee Street, an up-and-coming neighborhood for a ... More >>
The contribution and influence of African-American artists to the St. Louis sound and the universal music scene is undeniable. From Scott Joplin to Chuck Berry and countless others, St. Louisans have helped define what ragtime, jazz, the blues and rock 'n' roll are today. Scattered around the city, ... More >>
St. Louis is just days away from joining the more than 35 American cities and dozens of countries using apps to call for a cheap and easy car service. That's according to St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, who enigmatically tweeted about the coming service Sunday afternoon.
We know craft beer is a topic you guys are pretty passionate about, so we couldn't wait to hear your nominations. And there were tons, along with a little trolling clever wordplay. Check out the top four after the jump and cast your vote. See also: The Six Best Craft Beer Makers in St. Louis
It's not hard to find musicians who stress the importance of "supporting the scene," but few back up that talk quite as well as Langen Neubacher. After providing a nurturing environment to up-and-coming artists as a co-host for Foam's open mic, Neubacher took her hosting skills to various venues in ... More >>
The end is near for the Castle Ballroom. Located at 2839 Olive Street, the music and dance hall that once hosted Jazz greats Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Miles Davis faces imminent demolition. "The Castle Ballroom was a casualty of two weather catastrophes," says Eddie Roth, deputy chief of st ... More >>
So the Revelry Tent -- a heated, premium open bar party spot in the heart of St. Louis Mardi Gras -- is letting us choose which Riverfront Times readers are worthy of winning two free tickets.
Laissez les bon temps rouler! It's time to show off our French heritage, St. Louis. Mardis Gras is almost upon us!
Are you a fashion designer with big dreams? ALIVE Magazine might have a spot for your creations at St. Louis Fashion Week. The magazine is looking for an exclusive group of elite, emerging designers to fill this year's event, which will show at St. Louis' revitalized Union Station for the first tim ... More >>
Are you Catholic? How rich is your family? What kind of person are you? One seven-word question answers these three intrusive queries and more for people in St. Louis: Where did you go to high school? St. Louisans are notorious for replacing, "Hi, how are you?" with this question about one's alma ... More >>
Two St. Louis soccer club owners are working together to bring a professional outdoor soccer team back to town with lofty hopes of attracting a Major League Soccer franchise. Tony Glavin, owner and coach of the St. Louis Lions, and Andrew Haines, owner of the St. Louis Ambush indoor soccer team, sa ... More >>
Surely you know the drill by now: Each year, RFT Music recognizes the hard work and exceptional talent of St. Louis' local musicians with the RFT Music Awards. In addition, our summer awards showcase, to be held this year for the first time in the Grove, provides local music lovers an opportunity to ... More >>
St. Louis City is turning their red-light cameras back on after a judge suspended -- or delayed -- his decision that the program is invalid. There's one small change: Since the final decision on traffic cameras in Missouri will probably be up to the state Supreme Court, the city is collecting fines ... More >>
St. Louis is becoming a craft beer mecca. There are so many great options -- Schlafly, 4 Hands, Perennial, Urban Chestnut, the list goes on. Some get more press than others though, so we want to hear: what's your favorite craft brewery that we should give some more love? See also: The Six Best Cra ... More >>
The founders of St. Louis didn't have to deal with the polar vortex. A sheet of ice on Art Hill caused organizers of St. Louis' 250th anniversary party to push the celebration back a few days, to 5:30 p.m. February 18.
St. Louis Metropolitan Police officers shot and injured an armed robbery suspect Thursday, just a day after another officer-involved shooting in the city left a 27-year-old suspect dead. Lavaughn Lewis, 23, was in critical but stable condition with gunshot wounds to the hip, thigh, back and hand af ... More >>
It's President's Day! Kick off the week with a rousing show at Livery Company featuring some south city rappers. For more hip hop this week, plan on checking on the Third Annual J Dilla Tribute featuring some of the city's best as they pay homage with a jam-packed bill of local talent. From indie po ... More >>
Welcome to Sugar High, a new series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way. In braggadocios ... More >>
There's more money pouring into to St. Louis' tech startup scene, and it's bringing workers from the U.S. and abroad to the city, says a new report. Financial investments into tech startups doubled in 2013 to more than $66 million from $30 million in 2012, and more local startups received funding t ... More >>
This Valentine's day weekend, celebrate St. Louis' 250th birthday with a festival in Forest Park or snuggle up to Bruiser Queen during an acoustic intimate set in south city. Alternatively, ignore the holiday entirely and check out some rock and comedy at Pet Sounds, an event to benefit Stray Rescue ... More >>
St. Louis City must stop using cameras to ticket drivers for running red lights, a judge ruled Tuesday. An injunction granted by Circuit Judge Steven Ohmer says the city must stop sending tickets or processing fines for red light camera violations. In other words: A judge says St. Louis can't make ... More >>