Gesher Music Festival Opens Season #7 With ‘War & Peace’ Theme

One of St. Louis County’s most unique music festivals returns this week for its seventh season. The Gesher Music Festival brings professional musicians to St. Louis to perform chamber music with a Jewish inflection. The theme of the Gesher 2017 is “War & Peace” and explores music and stories that reflect the Jewish experience. It also illuminates our common humanity that never wavers, even in … Continue reading Gesher Music Festival Opens Season #7 With ‘War & Peace’ Theme

This Big Band Gets Its Kicks On Route 66

One of the toughest challenges for any band is playing in unison. If one band member gets out of sync, it will throw off the entire performance. It’s not that easy to accomplish this basic stagecraft, with all the distractions like crowd noise, clinking glasses, maybe a drummer with a hangover. If you go to a Route 66 Jazz Orchestra performance, you’re unlikely to hear … Continue reading This Big Band Gets Its Kicks On Route 66

Top Notch Violins provide instruments for any budget and skill level

Bowstring musical instruments are considered the most difficult to play. That hasn’t stopped many new students from taking up the violin. It remains the fifth most popular musical instrument that people play, behind the piano, guitar, drums and flute. In St. Louis County, the go-to shop for new and used violins, either for sale or rent, is Top Notch Violins at 3109 Sutton Blvd. in … Continue reading Top Notch Violins provide instruments for any budget and skill level

From Musician to Freelance Writer: Kevin Mitchell’s Incredible Journey

“If you buy into the rule of six degrees of separation, by knowing me you are immediately a mere three degrees from your favorite pop/rock star. I don’t get to hang out with Tom Petty, but I’m close friends with his tour manager of 40 years; I’ve never had a drink with Billy Joel, but I have his lighting guy’s cellphone number.” Most young musicians … Continue reading From Musician to Freelance Writer: Kevin Mitchell’s Incredible Journey

Creve Coeur Lake Park is an urban oasis with hiking, kayaking and more

You really want to get out in the fresh air, but the extreme July heat drove you indoors, right? Well, here’s a secret—there’s a spot in St. Louis County where you can sit high on a bluff, in the shade, and look out over a magnificent lake view. Just head over to the Greensfelder Shelter just north of Dorsett Road, on Marine Avenue at Creve … Continue reading Creve Coeur Lake Park is an urban oasis with hiking, kayaking and more

Music and Craft Beer Festival Comes to Historic Jefferson Barracks

We know what you’re thinking: where can I find that combination of military history, gravestones, tame deer, music, craft beer and hipsters that mid-August just cries out for? Well, the St. Louis Arts Blog has got you covered! To say that Jefferson Barracks has history is a gross understatement. Started as a military post in 1826, it was named after one Thomas Jefferson, the ginger … Continue reading Music and Craft Beer Festival Comes to Historic Jefferson Barracks

The Hidden Beaches of West County

Yearning for the beach this summer, but landlocked in Missouri? You’ll be surprised to learn that two large public beaches are located on the Meramec River in West County and, unlike the public swimming pools, are open year round. Sherman Beach Park, located just off St. Paul Road in Ellisville, is a lovely rock beach settled on a lazy bend of the Meramec River. There … Continue reading The Hidden Beaches of West County