Support Local Journalism. Donate to Riverfront Times.

Keller Williams 

Friday, April 4; Pageant

In the tie-dyed world of the jam-band nation, guitarist/vocalist Keller Williams has carved out a unique niche as a solo performer. But the music he creates on stage is light-years removed from the usual singer/songwriter sound. Armed with his customized ten-string guitar, a backup arsenal of seven additional guitars and a ton of electronic equipment, Williams builds layers of sound and then improvises solos on top of those looped tracks. For example, he might begin a tune by using his Lexicon Jam Man -- a device made famous by Victor Wooten of Béla Fleck's Flecktones -- to create a tape loop of a bass line and then augment it with percussion looped off a minimal drum kit that he's set up onstage. As that tape loop plays back, Williams creates a full-band sound by layering on guitar riffs and trombone and trumpet sounds generated by his unique mouth flügel. Add his quirky, clever lyrics (ranging from the off-center humor of "Kidney in a Cooler" to "Bob Rules," a tribute to the Price Is Right game-show host), and you've got a compelling, innovative performance that's won over audiences from small clubs and concert halls to major festivals such as Bonnaroo.

Williams brings his jaw-dropping one-man-band approach to the Pageant on Friday. If you're already a fan, you grabbed your tickets long ago. If you're not yet a Williams or jam-band devotee but enjoy top-notch players such as Leo Kottke or the late Michael Hedges, check out this show for a fresh new perspective on guitar magic.

We’re keeping you informed…
...and it’s what we love to do. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, Riverfront Times has been keeping St. Louis informed for years.

It’s never been more important to support local news sources. A free press means accountability and a well-informed public, and we want to keep our unique and independent reporting available for many, many years to come.

If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to Riverfront Times. Every reader contribution is valuable and so appreciated, and goes directly to support our coverage of critical issues and neighborhood culture. Thank you.

Latest in Critics' Picks

More by Terry Perkins

Read the Digital Print Issue

April 1, 2020


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2020 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation