Trains, Jazz, Blues: Old Webster Festival Has It All

One of the more unusual aspects of the Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival has got to be the trains. Amtrak passenger trains—and freight trains—chug through Webster Groves with some regularity. The tracks are mere feet from the back of the stages, but neither the performers nor the audience seem to mind. It’s just another quirk of this longstanding late summer music festival. On Saturday, September … Continue reading Trains, Jazz, Blues: Old Webster Festival Has It All

St. Louis Scottish Games and Cultural Festival

You’ve just got to love a festival where the scotch tasting begins at 9:30 am. Maybe that’s just me. But if you too like a full-day of whisky and log throwing, we have the place for you. The Scottish Games and Cultural Festival will be held again in Chesterfield, close to the Spirit of St. Louis Airport, on September 29 and 30. The festival kicks … Continue reading St. Louis Scottish Games and Cultural Festival

From YouTube to Reality TV: The Many Personalities of Libbie Higgins

(WARNING – Videos in this article are rated PG-13.) When Libbie Higgins was a little girl she dreamed of growing up to be a great comedian, but as she confesses “life got in the way.” Plagued by a terrible case of stage fright, she never dared audition for any of the high school plays that she so dearly wanted to be in. Libbie grew up, … Continue reading From YouTube to Reality TV: The Many Personalities of Libbie Higgins

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