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Boomtown United Leads (Another) St. Louis Ska Revival

2 hours 18 minutes ago
St. Louis music historians and armchair theorists will remind anyone in earshot of the city's contributions to the canon — as a birthplace of the blues, a cradle of jazz, even a crucible for alt-country. But amid the big names and major movements, St. Louis' contribution to the rise of ska's third wave (coming after its Jamaican roots and its British resurgence) is often overlooked.…
Christian Schaeffer

A Buddy Holly Hologram Tour Is Coming to St. Louis, Thrilling Boomers

19 hours 23 minutes ago
Baby boomers may not be able to set the clocks on their own VCRs (yes, they still have VCRs), but they’re all about technology that feeds their insatiable nostalgia.

That’s why “Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly: The Rock ‘N’ Roll Dream Tour” is going to be a smashing success. It doesn’t even matter that the two performers have been dead for a combined 91 years.…
Jaime Lees

St. Louis Pride Says Uniformed Cops Are Welcome After All

19 hours 53 minutes ago

Ten days after announcing that uniformed cops were not welcome to march in the annual Pride Parade, Pride St. Louis has reversed course.

In a joint news conference today with Mayor Lyda Krewson, the board formally announced uniformed officers would be welcome to join the parade this year after all.

"We are dedicated to making sure all LGTBQ community feels safe and respected and are looking forward to building lasting relationships with Mayor Krewson, the city of St. Louis Public Safety and law enforcement," Jordan Braxton, Pride's director of diversity and inclusion, told reporters.

The original decision turned out to be wildly controversial. Krewson and Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards contacted the board and asked them to reconsider.…
Doyle Murphy

Phil Lockett, Also a Musician, Is Now All in on Bartending

23 hours 12 minutes ago

If you want a peek at how Phil Lockett has straddled two alternate universes, all you have to do is listen to him talk about a recent exchange with his boss, Terry Oliver, at Frazer's Restaurant & Lounge (1811 Pestalozzi Street, 314-773-8646).

"I'd just come back from tour and was at Frazer's polishing some glassware when Terry just looked at me," Lockett recalls. "He said, 'Man, two days ago, you were in Ukraine playing in front of 25,000 people, and here you are polishing glasses.'…
Cheryl Baehr

Fire Shut Up in My Bones Fails to Ignite as Opera

1 day 4 hours ago
Jazz musician Terence Blanchard has become a frequent visitor to St. Louis in recent years as an in-demand composer for both Metro Theater Company (Bud Not Buddy) and Opera Theatre of St. Louis (Champion). Blanchard’s new “opera-in-jazz” for OTSL, Fire Shut Up in My Bones, features a libretto by screenwriter Kasi Lemmons and is inspired by New York Times’ columnist Charles Blow’s memoir of the same name.…
Paul Friswold

2 St. Louis Cops Face Charges in Separate Incidents, Circuit Attorney Says

1 day 15 hours ago
A pair of St. Louis police officers are facing criminal charges, the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office announced today.

The first officer, 25-year-old Joseph Ermler, has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident, making a false report and driving while intoxicated, according to a probable cause statement released by prosecutors. The brief statement alleges that Ermler got in a car accident on January 3, 2019, at 2300 South Kingshighway, near the intersection with Southwest Avenue.…
Sarah Fenske

With Chao Baan, the King and I's Owners Bring Regional Thai to the Grove

1 day 23 hours ago

Thirty years ago, the Prapaisilp family took a chance and opened the King and I on south Grand, giving St. Louis one of its first tastes of Thai food. Three decades — and a string of successful business later — they are again offering local diners something new, this time with a new restaurant called Chao Baan (4089 Chouteau Avenue).

The restaurant, which will open sometime next week in the Grove's new mixed-use Chroma development, may be Thai through and through, but it significantly deviates from the standard playbook offered at other local Thai restaurants.…
Cheryl Baehr
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