Archive for January, 2011


This morning I was listening to NPR‘s Morning Edition when I heard the stories about the Challenger disaster. The most moving one came from astronaut Ronald McNair‘s brother Carl. It is here on StoryCorps. The State, a South Carolina newspaper, has this story about the naming of the library after Carl McNair. He defied racists by being himself, a black nerd checking out library books.

I was in 5th grade when it happened. I was in Quest, a special program. One friend who was out sick called the school when it happened and talked to the Quest teacher. She returned to class and told us. When we went to our language arts class in the afternoon, somebody told the teacher, and she accused him of lying. The rest of us confirmed the sad truth. There was a special episode of Punky Brewster. At the time, I thought Punky should not have had her desire to become an astronaut so easily shaken.

Per aspera ad astra.

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Michael M. on January 28th 2011 in General

Winter and Spring 2011 Concerts

This post on the KDHX blog alerted me to the upcoming Kinky Friedman concert at Off Broadway on April 29. I got to looking, and I found a few more good ones.

Afroman will play Fubar on January 27. I doubt I will make it, but I know it would be fun.

The Duwayne Burnside Band will hit BB’s on January 28. Again, I do not feel good about my chances of making this one.

The Resophonic Benefit will happen January 30 at Iron Barley. It features many local resophonic guitarists. The original one helped by blogged Tom Hall a new guitar after his was stolen. I have wanted to attend past ones. The year might be the year.

On the subject of Tom Hall, February 4 will see him play the Focal Point. He plays around time all the time, but these events are special. I will be working.

The John Hartford Stringband at Blueberry Hill on February 6 should be great, too. I have blogged a couple times about local hero John Hartford. I should make this one. It looks like they also will play Down Yonder on KDHX on February 5 about noon, and the Presentation of the Herman T. Pott National Inland Waterways Library’s Donald T. Wright Award & James V. Swift Medal at the St. Louis Mercantile Library will feature them, too. Then Feburary 7, they will play the Passenger Vessel Association Annual Convention at MariTrends. The show February 6 will be at Super Bowl time, but I still think I will go.

February 12 will see the 6th Annual St. Louis Blues Festival at the Chaifetz Arena. Bobby “Blue” Bland and Latimore are two folks I have heard on television for as long as I can remember, and I would like to see this show. I will have to be at work early the next morning, though.

Acoustic Cafe Tour at the Old Rock House on February 14 will include Carrie Rodriguez. I might make it.

The Asylum Street Spankers will return to Off Broadway on February 18. I went last year and had a great time jamming after that show. I like the chances of going this year.

Cowboy Mouth’s Rock n’ Roll Mardi Gras will be February 25 at the Old Rock House. I saw them once and would like to again. Unfortunately, I will be working.

Merle Haggard, seen before, and Kris Kristofferson, seen before, will play the Fabulous Fox on March 9. Each one is a masterful entertainer. Again, I will be working.

Janis Ian will play the Old Rock House on March 11. I will not be working, but I probably will be too busy to go.

On March 12, Salt-n-Pepa‘s Legends of Hip Hop Tour will be at the Chaifetz Arena. The line up looks terrific, including Biz Mar kie, Doug E. Fresh, Kool Moe Dee and MC Lyte. I imagine I still will be too busy.

March 12 and 13, the Old Rock House will host the Bluegrass Ball with acts including the Travelin’ McCourys and Jeff Austin of the blogged Yonder Mountain String Band. The second night is a slight possibility for me.

Kaki King will play at the Old Rock House on March 26. My mother heard her on NPR several years ago and then gave CDs to me and my sister. I will be with my sister, though, not at this concert.

Also on March 26, Bruce Molsky will play the Focal Point. The family engagement that weekend will keep me away from what may precede an awesome picking party.

On April 30, previously blogged A Prairie Home Companion will come to the Fabulous Fox. Seeing the show on tour several years back was fun, but I would be undecided about going again. Regardless, I will be working.

Captured! by Robots will be at the Firebird on May 13. The gimmick is a human who has been enslaved by robots to play in their band. I wanted to see this act a few years back, and I hope to make it this time. Not having to be up early the next day, I stand a chance of going.

These concerts are what I have found that I plan to attend or hate to miss. Of course, I will see more local acts and even play myself a bit. The KDHX Concert Calendar is a great resource for finding a good show on a whim. If you know other great music in town this winter and spring, please leave a comment.

Update January 27, 2011: The KHDX blog has this post about the Resophonic Benefit.

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Michael M. on January 23rd 2011 in General, Live, Music

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