Although music increasingly is being sold in digital formats, the CD hasn't quite disappeared just yet, as demonstrated by two St. Louis musicians with upcoming events promoting new independent releases on disc:
* Keyboardist Brock Walker (pictured, top left) will celebrate the release of his CD 25th & State with a performance at 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday, November 1 at the Sheldon Concert Hall. The East St. Louis native probably is best known around town as the keyboardist for singer Kim Massie, but he's also appeared with national acts including Lou Rawls, the Clark Sisters, Roger Troutman and the Zapp Band, and Ron Banks and the Dramatics.
25th & State features all original material, and helping Walker interpret it in concert will be a band including saxophonist Jason Swagler, guitarist Eric Slaughter, keyboardist Cornelius Davis, bassist Douglas “D.J.” Collier, and drummer Gerald Warren.
Tickets for Brock Walker's 25th & State CD release event are $20 for VIP seating, which includes an autographed copy of the CD, and $10 for general admission, and will be available at the door.
* A couple of weeks later, guitarist Brian Vaccaro (pictured, bottom left) will celebrate the release of his new trio CD Going Through the Motions with a concert at 8:00 p.m. Friday, November 18 at Eliot Chapel, 100 S. Taylor in Kirkwood.
Vaccaro earned a bachelor's degree in music from Webster University and a master's from SIU Edwardsville, and has taught music at Southwestern Illinois College, St. Louis Community College and St. Charles Community College. He also oversees the music education department for Fazio's Frets and Friends, and performs with his trio and the rock/pop cover band Adonis Blue.
The concert is a split bill with guitarist Teddy Preberg, with each group playing one set. Tickets are priced at $10 in advance at the church office, $12 at the door. Vaccaro will be selling Going Through The Motions that night for a special discounted price of $10, and it's also available on disc and in digital format from CD Baby.