Local publisher Reedy Press is pleased to announce the St. Louis Sound Project, a concert festival presented by Stag Beer which showcases the vast array of music genres with deep roots in the Gateway City, March 23-30, 2019.
The week-long festival will coincide with the launch of the publisher’s new book St. Louis Sound: An Illustrated Timeline written by music critic Steve Pick and bestselling local-interest author Amanda E. Doyle. Admission is $10 for one show or $30 for all five shows. Tickets are on sale now online via MetroTix or by calling 314-534-1111. Tickets are also available at the door the night of the show for $13.
The concert series will feature performances in five different music genres at popular venues in St. Louis that support our vibrant music scene:Saturday, March 23 at The Grandel “Experience Jazz” with performances by Danny Campbell & Helios w/Anita Jackson, Tonina Saputo Quartet, and Adam Maness Trio at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.). Some of the most notable jazz players of all time came from St. Louis including bassist Jimmy Blanton and trumpeter Miles Davis, who were major influences in the development of this most American of music styles.Tuesday, March 26 at The Duck Room “Experience Rock” with Finn’s Motel, Desire Lines and Grace Basement at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.). St. Louisan Chuck Berry was one of the earliest rock ’n’ roll hit-makers whose influential guitar style remains at the center of rock to this day. Thursday, March 28 at BB’s Jazz, Blues and Soups “Experience Blues” with Aaron Griffin Band w/ Boo Davis & Eric McSpadden, Rich McDonough & Rhythm Renegades w/ Vince Martin and Marquise Knox, Roland Johnson & Soul Endeavor w/ Marsha Evans and special guest Robbie Montgomery at 7 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.). Friday, March 29 at The Ready Room “Experience Hip Hop” with Looprat, Saint Oeaux, Bates and DJ Sir Thurl at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.). When rap first moved from the street corner to the radio, local St. Louis stations were there. Almost immediately, local performers began putting their own stamp on hip hop and today, artists like Nelly, Murphy Lee, and Chingy have made St. Louis a hip hop haven.Saturday, March 30 at Off Broadway “Experience Americana” with Fine to Drive, Baja and Colonel Ford at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.).
Americana grew from the alt-country movement that was kick-started in large part by Uncle Tupelo in St. Louis clubs in the late ’80s and spread further by the Bottle Rockets in the ’90s. “What better way to celebrate the launch of this historical music publication than with a concert series with some of the best artists in our city,” said Josh Stevens, owner of Reedy Press. “St. Louis has changed so much musically over the course of the last 130 years. This book marks the first time that all the tributaries of the great St. Louis river of song have been covered in one place classical, jazz, blues, R&B, rock’n’roll, country, hip hop, and more. This live concert series will only augment what the book is trying to capture.”A team of curators helped devise the perfect lineup for the festival: jazz writer Terry Perkins, music producer Rob Ford, longtime KDHX DJs John Wendland & Keith Dudding, and John May, owner of BB’s Jazz, Blues and Soups.From the French fiddlers of the fur trading days to the rock and hip hop icons of the present millennium, St. Louis has been a town rich in musical history. The full color hardback book, St. Louis Sound: An Illustrated Timeline is filled with more than 200 pages of vignettes and images about the history of music in St. Louis, from the symphonic to the singer/songwriter, from the radio stations that propelled it to the fanzines that documented it, from the musicians who left here for greater fame to those who stayed and made this town more vibrant. The book is $44, including taxes and shipping, and is available for purchase at ReedyPress.com or MetroTix.
To learn more about each musical artist and for a complete timeline of the festival, visit STLSoundProject.com.
Via Press Release