St. Louis Music — R.I.P. 

On Saturday, December 13, the Trip Daddys, Giants in the Sky and others will perform at the Kat Club (1440 North Broadway) to honor the legacy of St. Louis Music. The 85-year-old company — which was well respected in the music industry for manufacturing and distributing amps and other musical gear under brand names like Alvarez, Ampeg and Crate — closed last year after it was bought by LOUD Technologies in 2005. Doors for this show open at 7 p.m., and admission is $5. Head to for a slideshow of these and other luminaries using St. Louis Music-branded gear photographed for St. Louis Music by long-time RFT contributor Mark Gilliland; has a longer story about the impact the company had on the music industry. 

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