Funky A-Fare

Nov 25th, 7pm - Midnight


Big Mike Aguirre & the Blu City All Stars

8:30pm

”Big Mike as a guitarist is a slasher, a groover, a musician who fully understands the soul of the blues. But, talented guitarists abound in St. Louis - and make no mistake, Big Mike can hold his own and then some. The real secret as to why Big Mike Aguirre stands tall among the crowd of other talented blues artists of his generation is found in his voice and on-stage charisma. Big Mike sings from his soul in a warm and expressive voice, one that makes women swoon and makes men jealous (and makes them hold their women just a little bit closer).

The Blu-City All-Stars - Andy Coco (bass guitar and vocals), Nathan Hershey (organ, clavinet, Rhodes, keys and vocals) and Kevin Bowers (drums and percussion) are to a man considered among the top-rank of musician in St. Louis. The gentlemen are not hired guns; along with Big Mike Aguirre they ARE the Blu-City All-Stars, easily capable of making you feel the burn of Guitar Slim’s aching, heart-wrenching blues to Earl King’s funky Big Easy R&B - and all the blue shades between (and beyond!) They’ll strip down hoary cover songs and re-imagine then into anthems of earthy, celebratory, salaciously over-the-top rites of life, and they’ll fool you with self-penned tunes that you swear you’ve heard and loved forever. And here I haven’t even touched on the fantastic 3-part harmonies the band routinely yet expertly works into most of their catalog. The fellas are a treasure among the St. Louis blues and roots scene.”

Boomtown United

10:30pm

"Boomtown United is St. Louis's premier ska collective. With beats guaranteed to keep you dancing the night away, their horn driven and harmony-laced songs fill their songbook with an innovative sound that is already captivating audiences everywhere they play. Compiled of veterans from all over the StL ska and reggae scene, BoomTown United are hard at work and are out to put St. Louis Ska music back in the spotlight!"

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