"Come Dancing" with Local Bands at Kinks Tribute Show, KDHX Benefit

The Kinks influenced '90s Britpop bands like Blur and Oasis. - Via
The Kinks influenced '90s Britpop bands like Blur and Oasis.

That's where the big bands Used to come and play My sister went there On a Saturday -- "Come Dancing"

Ten local bands hope you'll believe in the power of Ray Davies and come dancing during a benefit concert for KDHX (88.1 FM) Saturday, March 30. Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy: A Tribute to the Kinks begins at 8 p.m. at Off Broadway. Admission is $10, with proceeds going to St. Louis' independent radio station.

During the show a roster of veteran and novice local bands will perform The Kinks' well-known hits, deep album treasures and everything in between. On the bill are the Aviation Club, the Blind Eyes, Burrowss, the Educated Guess, Estevan, Melody Den, the Nevermores, Old Lights, Picture Day and Prune. The concert marks the twelfth tribute-show benefit for KDHX, with previous efforts dedicated to the music of R.E.M., Uncle Tupelo, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder and more.

"The Kinks had massive hits, of course, but the catalog is so deep, so diverse, so challenging and delightful that a tribute night really was inevitable," says Roy Kasten, event organizer and frequent RFT Music contributor. "Now was the right time. The last few tribute nights have been fantastic, but they've emphasized more acoustic sounds. The Kinks -- and the bands that will be playing the Kinks' songs -- embody the heart, soul and brain of rock & roll."

Kasten says that tribute shows, like the ones KDHX coordinates, are good for St. Louis' music scene and showcase a shared respect for an influential artist.

"In playing the songs of the Kinks, these ten diverse, distinct local bands are all sharing their histories, their knowledge, their vision, and their influences," Kasten says.

With many lifelong Kinks fans in the mix, the local talent is excited to perform tunes by a band that often was overshadowed by its British Invasion contemporaries.

"The Kinks may never have reached levels of popularity that the Beatles and the Stones achieved, but who has?" asks Matt Picker, drummer for the Blind Eyes. "They still played plenty of sold-out shows in huge venues to adoring audiences and have a catalog of songs and albums that go toe-to-toe with anything their contemporaries ever put out."

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