Here's the latest wrap-up of assorted links and short local news items of interest:
* The retail store Drum Headquarters, which has been selling gear to St. Louis percussionists for three decades, has closed.
In a statement posted on the company's website, owner Jim Uding wrote in part, "These are difficult times for specialized retailers and of course, Drum Headquarters is no exception. Since purchasing the business in 2005, a perfect storm of events including epic negative economic conditions and the accelerating changes brought on by technology have produced a wave of challenges bigger than I could withstand." Customers with unfinished business will be contacted directly, and drum lessons will continue through the end of July.
* The summer St. Louis Record Collector and CD Show is tomorrow, Sunday, July 10. The quarterly sale of records, CDs and music-related collectables takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the American Czech Hall, 4690 Lansdowne on the south side. Call 314-821-9121 for more info.
* Legendary St. Louis guitarist, teacher, author, and businessman Mel Bay (pictured) has finally gotten a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.
* In his latest entry for St. Louis magazine's Look/Listen blog, Dennis Owsley sets aside musical matters for a month to lament the coarsening of culture in the USA and wonder about our nation's seeming contempt for education.