What Were Your 2011 St. Louis Music Highlights? Win Tickets to Your Show of Choice

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It's that time again, where we hunker down with a nice warm mug of nostalgia and toast the year that was. Our year-end coverage will take a variety of forms in the next few weeks, but before we start telling you what we think mattered, we'd like to hear from you. What were your favorite local releases, shows, ideas and progressions? What music news caught your eye?

The idea here is to foster debate and ensure that we miss as little as possible. As an appreciation for your input, everyone who weighs in will be entered in a random drawing to win tickets to any St. Louis show of your choosing in the next six months (or second, in the unlikely event that we can't make your first choice happen).

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Nigel
Nigel

!!! at LouFest!

jm
jm

glass teeth's last show at the heavy anchorpretty little empire at the halo bar after mumford and sonsbunnygrunt residency at el lenador"i went to a showcase" at off broadwaysleepy kitty, .e, jump starts, & britches at the rft music showcaseopen mic nights w/ ellen the felon and miles at venice cafe

plus many more, but this is what immediately comes to mind.

dawhizz
dawhizz

I've been very pleased and impressed by the development of Old Rock House's Listening Room series.  As a relatively young fan of folk music, its been a great chance to see seminal figures like Janis Ian, Tom Rush, and Loudon Wainwright, as well as strong young songwriters like Mindy Smith and Shelby Lynne who are carrying on the tradition, solo and acoustic, in an intimate setting.  I haven't been to them all, but I haven't been disappointed by any that I've seen.

Grand Leroy
Grand Leroy

Slum FestWar Machine album release partyTef Poe vs Rockwell Knuckles Return of 4eva tour at the GramophoneThe Foreign Exchange show at 2720 

Rachel
Rachel

The Urge getting back together was the best thing to happen to the St. Louis music scene this year!!!  30 Seconds to Mars also put on a great show at The Pageant and I am sure that if I had been able to get tickets to see Mumford & Sons that would have been amazing too!  I really enjoyed finding new bands at the RFT's Music Showcase.  Some of my favorite local bands now include Pretty Little Empire and Dots Not Feathers.  Can't wait to see what new music next year brings!

Jess
Jess

I have a short term music memory so let's say that back in November, Merrill Garbus descended on Off Broadway in socked feet and that asymmetrical haircut. She stood - short and stout - on a children's construction-themed area rug from Home Depot and she didn't exhibit any of the ego that should come with being on everyone's Top Everything list for 2011. Garbus smiled graciously and made weird noises and commanded her band intuitively. After the show the crowd spilled out onto the club's patio and we all became best friends.

Waicool
Waicool

best shows-steve miller band under the arch, free and fun.worst shows-anything at the maryland heights riverdumpbest venue-pageantworst venue-riverdump, runner up goes to the cant-find-a-place-to-pea-body

Jonezy
Jonezy

I'm all about hip hop so I gotta say that one of my favorite local artists had yet another awesome release this year, referring to Rockwell Knuckles and his album YFOIFI. 

 Also, in a really struggling hiphop scene of late, with the drastic decline in regularly occurring hiphop shows, I must say that my CD release party for my latest album: "CO$TOMBS" which was back in April, was a huge success and will always be a great memory for me.  With all the separation in the local hip hip scene, we managed to get 250+ people to come out and had some of the best local acts, and a very diverse lineup, including: Jonezy (myself), Scripts N Screwz, Doorway, Tef Poe, Scrub, Hearskra-z and more.  It was definitely a memorable night.  In addition, I'd also like to recognize my hip hop monthly, 2nd Story Satudays, which continues to be successful, and is currently the only regular hip hop residency in St. Louis.

In addition, I definitely think SLUMfest was a HUGE success and it was amazing to be part of such a great collaborative, hip hop experience.  The combination of awesome weather and such an eclectic mix of talent, made for a great event.

Furthermore, I think you have to mention some of these emerging national artists that have been playing shows at the Gramophone, i.e. Big Krit, Freddie Gibbs, Smoke Dza, GLC, Stalley, and more.  The Made Monarchs are largely responsible for this and deserve praise.  As I recall, they also did a couple shows at Old Rock House which were great as well.

To throw kind of a curve ball at you, I'm a HUGE Tom Petty fan, and the show he played at Verizon earlier this year was amazing and definitely deserves recognition. cheers!

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