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Sunday, September 7, 2014

LouFest ReviewFest: Big Brother Thunder and the Master Blasters, San Fermin, RAC

Posted By on Sun, Sep 7, 2014 at 1:25 PM

An excited crowd at this year's LouFest. - STEVE TRUESDELL
  • Steve Truesdell
  • An excited crowd at this year's LouFest.

LouFest is finally happening! With 40-some acts converging on St. Louis' Forest Park for the two-day festival, St. Louis' music fans have plenty to keep them singing and dancing throughout the weekend.

RFT Music has several operatives in the field, watching and listening and cataloging and reviewing the festivities for you, dear readers. Click here to see our full coverage!

See also: Slideshow: The People You'll Meet at LouFest 2014

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Big Brother Thunder and the Master Blasters:

It takes a certain amount of determination to make one's way into LouFest. Be prepared for a seemingly endless trek through the woods to get to the grounds, and good luck finding a parking space less than three miles from the site. At one point in my journey, the path to LouFest was so indecipherable through the maze of trees, mud and online maps written in rare festie hieroglyphics that I gave up and flagged down every zoo employee I saw in a golf cart. I tried to pay them to drive me to "yes, where that music carnival is."

As it turns out, zoo employees like their jobs, and will not be fired over $10 in payment and goodwill toward others. Fine, I say to you. Live your life carefully feeding lemurs.

The trek was worth it anyway, because at the end of the rain and mire covered tromp was Big Brother Thunder and the Master Blasters. Its polyphonic soul-funk boogie-woogie was a beacon of salvation as I trudged along, echoing through the trees and behind the walls of Loufest. When I finally entered the festival, I found the stage and sat right down immediately. All I wanted to do was watch Drew Franklin play bass, as everyone who calls themselves fans of local music should make it a point to do. Even in the shadow of marquee names booked to corral the next generation of young festival fans, St. Louis' own BBT&tMB shined as a groove-flecked reminder of this city's exceptionally diverse and talented music scene. Worth the walk, worth the woods, worth the wait.

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