Friday, July 27, 2012

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

Here's the latest wrap-up of assorted links and short local news items of interest:

* The Riverfront Times' Joseph Hess writes briefly about Saturday's show by guitarist Bill Horist and bassist Darin Gray at the Schlafly Tap Room.

* The Village Voice has a review of one of last week's shows by saxophonist and St. Louis native Oliver Lake's Trio 3 at NYC's Birdland.

* The St. Louis Big Band has posted on their Facebook page some photo sets documenting recent gigs at the Casa Loma Ballroom and Sheldon Concert Hall.

* The Regional Arts Commission has put out a last call for St. Louis artists, musicians and other creative types to complete their "Artists Count!" survey. Next Tuesday, July 31 is the last day to take the survey at

* The Old Webster Jazz and Blues Festival is looking for musicians to enter its "Webster's Got Talent" contest. The winners get a opening slot on one of the stages at this festival on Saturday, September 15. To see more details and download an application form, visit the festival website. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, August 14.

* Artist and author Kevin Belford's campaign to save the Palladium Building, aka Club Platnation, continues this week with the release of another graphic (pictured) designed to raise awareness of the threat to this historic structure that hosted performances from many of the greatest jazz and blues musicians of the 20th century.

Belford also linked to a new wrinkle in the story: a KTVI report that the proposed expansion of the Cochran VA Medical Center that threatens the Palladium also could wipe out the newest location of the popular soul food restaurant Sweetie Pie's, owned by former Ikettte Robbie Montgomery. Stay tuned...

* Lastly, have you voted you in StLJN's poll asking which nationally known St. Louis musicians should be asked to play at the proposed David Sanborn Jazz Festival next year? If not, go here sometime before next Tuesday and voice your choices!

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