The Schwag's Last Show, May 25 at 2720 Cherokee: Recap

Categories: Last Night

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Jennifer Silverberg
Jimmy Tebeau reports to the Yankton Federal Penitentiary today. His band, the Schwag, played its last show (for now) on Saturday.
Upon arrival to 2720 Cherokee, I was greeted by a block-long line full of every possible incarnation of hippy. Tie-dye and hemp combinations appeared in everyone's clothing choices as far as the eye could see. Some had adapted to almost-modern culture (a flat-bill hat with grateful bear patches ironed on to the back) and some had not (Edgar Winter's chubby brother regaled the other line-dwellers with stories of Dead sightings past). The majority of the weed-fueled, stereotypical stampede seemed like they were the offspring of poser hippies who showed up to Altamont to hear the hit singles, get high, and cash in on the free love. The hippies who seemed legit had to be closing in on their early 1000's. It's hard to say; you'd have to count the rings after cutting open the caked stains on their NORML shirts.

See Also:
- Schwagstock's Jimmy Tebeau Gets 30-Month Sentence for "Drug-Involved Premises"
- Jimmy Tebeau Was Sentenced Today and Will Play at Old Rock House Tonight
- Jimmy Tebeau Was in High Spirits Playing Music the Night of His Sentencing

Regardless, the crowd was ready to have one last party with local Grateful Dead cover all-stars the Schwag. The band had already started in on one of its many renditions of GD songs while dozens of show-goers and I were still in line/being patted down for paraphernalia/weapons. Once inside, beach ball warfare erupted. The simplistic, but still clumsily performed mating dance the crowd partook in was the opposite of mesmerizing to a member of the doesn't-want-to-be-initiated. The simple move of taking two short steps as you flail your arms about like those (barely) anthropomorphic tube men at car lots was enough to make a difficult gauntlet to get a drink past without spilling. Then the second song ended, after 25 minutes. The mood was set to watch the '60s cliches that filled the crowd go insane.

A few more songs went by, and a few more handfuls of something to narc about were passed around. The musicianship was admirable, and the party was in full gear after 45 minutes. In the middle of a blues song the keyboardist yelled "Motherfucker!" and the truly ate-up ate it up. Eight minutes later they followed that epic jam up with a song reminiscent of any School House Rock tune, only this one was about "eatin' fuckin' pussy!" This captured the goofy tone of the night, all two hours of it. Say what you want about hippies and all their awkward, played-out silliness. They know what they like and Jesus-fucking-Garcia, did they show it...right in my goddamn face. The jam sesh served as one hell of a way for the audience members to do some sick, uncoordinated, balding dread-lock whipping. Neon hula hoops, molly-based arguments, and fifteen minute songs, oh my!

Notebook dump:

Young hippie girl ran into the middle of Jefferson to stop a biker screaming "DO YOU WANT A POPSICLE?" He didn't.
Jealous of the guy with the Degeneration-X shirt.
Doesn't smell that bad.
Can't tell where fog/weed clouds end and beards begin.
Kaleidoscope power-point goes nuts during player piano solo.
I am by far the angriest person here. Knife.

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-The 15 Most Ridiculous Band Promo Photos Ever
-The Ten Worst Music Tattoos Ever

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2720 Cherokee St, St. Louis, MO

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Doughnut
Doughnut

This little, chubby child represents punk music?  The punk scenes I like would stomp him.  Jimmy Eberle cuts down hippie clothes?  Go to his page and check his clothes.  Profile pic is his favorite Christmas flannel that his mom bought him.  You shouldn't post after shots of the circle jerk!  Eat more donuts and do less of everything especially writing.
Make your own judgements.  He is not Belleville's finest, for sure.  I'm just reporting and like Jimmy E, it's just the way I see it. 
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s0000
s0000

i sure do love The Grateful Dead music and anyone who devotes their life to pumping it out like Jimmy does.  Sorry you didn't enjoy the concert but you shouldn't bash the people who love it. I think your a dick . 

drewdels
drewdels

You should have rescued yourself from writing this one.  If you had already made up your mind, why did you bother?  You have elucidated no one with this whining.

not_a_punk
not_a_punk

critic Jimmy Eberle made some good points i think. i'm tired of the typical hippy scene. some music needs to be ridiculed openly. i'm pretty into some classic hippy shit, like piper at the gates of dawn, actual grateful dead music. i don't like cover bands. Jimmy seems pretty cool. he should probably start a band

cultist
cultist

@earthgoddesspixie  has a point. There was a huge opportunity missed here by critic Jimmy Eberle. Even though every bowel churning description of the event was 100% accurate, it's important to remember that while the music sucks, and the culture sucks, the "family" are just the fucking worst.

earthgoddesspixie
earthgoddesspixie

Wow just read Jimmy Eberle's FB page You should see the comments he made about The Schwag before he even went to the show! Does RFT even realize that Eberle is pissing off alot of their supporters? He obviously wrote this article with one intention, to piss off a whole Sub culture of people and show off for his Punk friends, real fucking mature! I will be calling, writing, doing whatever I can to make sure he loses his job and informing people who support RFT. I bet this is the last time Eberle covers anything but a punk rock show, or at least he better hope his ass doesnt end up at any of the other shows that a Schwag family member would attend. Because "hippy's" have worse ways of justice than just beating your ass, in fact we are quite creative :)

dwayne
dwayne

It's ok for the "journalist" to be assigned to a scene that he may not prefer.  And it's ok for the journalist to give an honest opinion of the MUSIC.  If he didn't like the song choices or the way they were played - fine -  report on that.  However, this journalist just bashed the crowd, and said nothing about the setlist or the music.

redheadache
redheadache

If you don't like the scene you shouldn't be reporting on it!?  Really?  So film critics should only go to films they know they'll like, music journalists should only give reviews of records of bands they like and homicide reporters should be totally in love with murder.  Just because someone doesn't like your taste in music doesn't make them a terrible reporter.  The same people bitching about this article go on two hour diatribes about the importance of the freedom of speech.  

SOS314
SOS314

Last I checked, journalists aren't required to enjoy whatever they're assigned to. I'd rather read full on honesty than a bunch of puff piece lies. Quit whining, everybody. It's just an article. You can still go see The Schwag play anot--- oh wait...

bamb4bam
bamb4bam

I didn't get in to this show and this dickhead did?!?! Rft should be ashamed! No fucking respect.

ShakinNagan
ShakinNagan

I was there and I have never felt so much love being projected from an audience onto the stage as I had that night.  Obviously the author went there with preconceived notions and perceived what was going on through those notions, or he just flat out lied.  Either way it does not change what really did happen and one should not take his attack on us personally as it has nothing to do with us and everything to do with what is wrong in his life.  

It was an honor for me to be allowed to play that show with The Schwag. 

fizgizan
fizgizan

At this point, if you know anyone that owns a business, places ads in RFT, tell them to yank their funds until Eberle and the editor Daniel are terminated, due to lack of professionalism. 

Voice249
Voice249

" Eatin' f*ckin' p*ssy"?! Were we at the same show, Mr. Eberle?  I'd really like an explanation on that line.

"...all two hours of it"?  You must have left at set break, Mr. Eberle.  The Schwag has been playing for 20-30 years, and you don't even stay the entirety of the last show (for now)?  How well can you report on an event in which you leave mid-way? 

The second set, and particularly the encore, gave me chills.  The music was masterfully played - well done, Jimmy, Sean, Dave, and Jack!

Obviously, journalism is not your forte, Mr. Eberle.

cosmodog2011
cosmodog2011

Does anybody know if Jimmy Eberle is still employed by RFT?

EricNoble
EricNoble

The only negative thing about this show is that it had to end, for now.

EricNoble
EricNoble

I am pretty sure you weren't at the same show the rest of us were at. The only negative thing I can say about this show is that it had to end.

- Noble

EricNoble
EricNoble

The only negative thing about this show was that it had to end, for now.

mura1
mura1

Seriously? This sounds like it was written by a sheltered insecure dork. Awful perspective. Anger, jealousy, and smug pretentiousness.

This just doesn't belong here. It's cringeworthy nonsense for the writer, Jimmy Eberle. I'm all for free speech and can find humor in scene bashing, but the wit and punchlines just miss. It's embarrassing. Not only that. It has absolutely NO place in RFT and especially considering the history involved with the Schwagstock fiasco. RFT ran some very good articles on it. This is just a hateful rant by some no name wannabe scene hipster. You should keep this on your tumblr next time. 


frizz2388
frizz2388

How awful of a "recap" on this past Saturday's show. Who are you to throw such hateful judgments around? That last show (for now), those last few hours of music with Jimmy, meant more to these kind people than you could ever hope to appreciate. RFT & their "journalist" should be ashamed. Your job is to cover the MUSIC not your distaste for other's heartfelt goodbye to a truly great man. Many of us travelled long distances to see the Schwag & Jimmy.There's no mention of the set that was played, highlighting the journey thus far since Zoe. No recognition of the love between all of us (unless you count the b.s. about dry humping and elicit drugs). Just a big slap in the face from someone who's no more fit to write than a dog is fit to meow. Go back to school kiddo, learn the difference between fresh & edgy writing & the manure you just got paid for. To put this trash out on the very day we see our friend go away is low. Very disappointed.

Hyurle
Hyurle

Why the fck would you go to this to report on it if you aren't into the scene?  People were turned away that drove hours to see them and your fcking pretentious ass took their spot.  Shame.  I don't come to your work and slap the dicks out of your mouth dude.   

Hyurle
Hyurle

Why the fck would you go to this to report on it if you aren't into the scene?  People were turned away that drove hours to see them and your fcking pretentious ass took their spot.  Shame.  I don't come to your work and slap the dicks out of your mouth dude.   

chestysheritage
chestysheritage

ow up. Why not do what you are supposed to do and report what happened and not how much you hate the people and the assignment your employer gave you. I am offended that your editor even let this go out. Shame on you RFT.

chestysheritage
chestysheritage

Why would you send such a biased and unprofessional "journalist" to report this story. All I read from this article is negative portrayals of people. Im sorry im not everyone dances as elegantly as the stars. They just moved with the music as people have been doing for hundreds of years. Sorry that a popular night club in StL was crowded....we should make sure to complain that a local business had a profitable night and a band that has a huge StL following had people from StL

phillipstoneharris1
phillipstoneharris1

listen the Schwag too me personally, is the worst thing ever. that being said : how long were they together?  How long were they a thing? 25 years? 30 years? they deserve  a little respect 

charemilioestesheen
charemilioestesheen

So, let me get this straight, you get what you pay for, right?  If this is true then we got to read what the RFT paid for which was, oh wait, nothing.  Change the title of the article to at least reflect what the real subject matter of interest was for the scribbler, which appeared to be bashing a group of people that like a certain kind of music.  If there is anything else in that article that hints at journalism, please let me know.  

To be clear, every scene has its fair share of bottom feeders, but then again some journalists don't know what it's like to be that high up on the food chain.

earthgoddesspixie
earthgoddesspixie

I believe that the RFT should Publicly apologize and admit that the writer they had write this article was "Poorly Assigned" and was wrong for blatantly Stereotyping and putting out an article that was extremely biased. This should be done in the next issue they put out or RFT will lose alot of supporters! This was the last Schwag Show for a while, and we didnt even get a decent cover on what was really important which is the MUSIC! 


Brandon
Brandon

The only difference between nu-hippies and juggalos is a two liter of faygo, and clown make-up. Quit whining on the internet about a cover band and get back to your granola before it gets too soggy, man.

Doughnut
Doughnut

He came with his mind made up.  The only problem is, all hippies aren't just hippies.  I have actually seen the Bad Brains!

Jimmy Eberle May 24I have an assignment tomorrow...dammit.The Schwag The Schwag is a band dedicated to carrying on the music and the vibe of the legendary Grateful Dead. Founded in 1991 as a local St. Louis-based Dead tribute, the group began touring after the 1995 death of Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia, and has played more than 2,500 shows in 18 states, with an averag...Page: 8,837 like thisLike · Share


Doughnut
Doughnut

@not_a_punk   If your tired than stay home Jimmy or learn to play an instrument and have some doughnut eating, center of the circle jerk, cut you down.  


earthgoddesspixie
earthgoddesspixie

@redheadache No its the fact that He knew nothing about the music he was reporting on and did not even try to do some research or interview anyone at the show to get multiple perspectives instead the article sounded like a fb rant, and was immature


earthgoddesspixie
earthgoddesspixie

@SOS314 The point is that the journalist did not Report on the MUSIC or give any valid information, it was his narrow minded view and perspective which equals crappy journalism.

fizgizan
fizgizan

@ShakinNagan  Well said.... It would however be nice, seeing as how I live here, that I not be subject to the asinine kind of journalism, in what I thought, was a legit paper. I think the disappointment is really stemming from the fact, we all have loved this paper, for a hot minute. They've always portrayed fair stories, yes w/ some snark, but this wasn't just snark. It was patently false, and absurd. I would very much like not having to deal w/ this kind of editorial work as well. I dont think it'd be too much to ask for the termination/resignation of both of the party's involved in this mouth breathing, troglodyte scribe... JMHO. Thanks RSN 

FishinaBarrel
FishinaBarrel

I would just start emailing this "article" to every business that advertises in the RFT. I am sure they will love to know they are being associated with the reputable Jimmy Eberle and Daniel Hill. I have already started doing so.

fizgizan
fizgizan

@cosmodog2011  Safe to assume he is, and will continue to be, the editor also needs to consider resigning. He admits earlier in this post, he didnt proof the article, bc of his trust for the writer....?  I say if you know anyone that places ads w/ RFT, make certain they see this, and pull their sponsor $s, that's how we can make this right, especially if they wont print a retraction, and apology. No Daniel, your next story will not cover it what so ever. 

GrandpaEberle
GrandpaEberle

@Brandon You were always my fav out of Lil Eberle's degenerate friends from Boy's Town. U the type of lad that would steal a dead fly from a blind spider boy. We gonna go out and throw eggs at r#pe victims outside the emergency room if you want to come with us tonight. That how edgy we are.

fizgizan
fizgizan

@Brandon  Wait, what? I have an idea, here's a flying fuck, go take it.

SOS314
SOS314

@earthgoddesspixie That's his prerogative. Just because you don't like it doesn't make it bad. You can't please everybody all the time, especially when those people are wearing patchwork pants. 

ShakinNagan
ShakinNagan

@fizgizan @ShakinNagan So, you're going to stop reading a paper that has generally been good because of a mistake made in assignment of a reporter and in editorial judgement, and you want two people to lose their means of making a living because of a mistake?  Have you never made a mistake?  have you made any mistakes at work? 

pulled.pork
pulled.pork

@FishinaBarrel  This is the stupidest shit I have ever read. I am sure people are going to yank their ads from the RFT because someone wrote a biased review on a crappy cover bands last show before the singer goes to federal prison on DRUG CHARGES. If these people were smart, they would advertise more right now, because all of you are racking up the website hits. Smoke another one, Cheech.

Brandon
Brandon

@fizgizan @Brandon That's a very rude thing to say! What ever happened to P.L.U.R??? Namaste, maaaaaaaaan.

fizgizan
fizgizan

@ShakinNagan @fizgizan  Frankly the quality of RFT has gone downhill in the past decade, I made a point to grab one every Thur. I couldnt tell you the last time I have. I get what you're saying, truly, 2, not necessarily, but the author, indeed. I know it's vengeful, or what have you, and yes I have screwed up @ jobs in the past, and, was let go as a result. 

earthgoddesspixie
earthgoddesspixie

@pulled.pork @FishinaBarrel  Hmm Crappy Cover Band huh? Do you even realize how many dedicated fans this band has? Or the fact that they were having to turn people away at the show because they were over capacity, Also Jimmy Tebeau just happens to be the bassist for JGB, (Jerry Garcia Band ) DUMBASS!! Know your facts because your making yourself sound like an idot, Jimmy did not go to jail on drug charges, he pleaded guilty to "maintaining a drug involved premises, Because people were getting high at the festival, which name one show or festival that this doesnt happen at. Tebeau did not distribute drugs or profit in their sale. Do everyone around you a favor and "smoke one".

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