City Diner at the Fox, one of the city's best spots for late-night dining and drinking.
Home to one of the nation's largest breweries for over a century and a half, St. Louis has long held a reputation as a city of drinkers, regularly showing up in annual round-ups of the nation's drunkest cities. With the a seemingly ever-expanding cast of quality craft breweries, the booze-soaked element of our city's identity shows no signs of drying up anytime soon.
More recently, our hometown has gained recognition for its burgeoning culinary scene thanks to an explosion of new eateries offering world-class cuisine, ranging from down-home fried chicken and barbecued ribs to innovative New England-style seafood and Asian fusion.
Many varied and unique paths splinter from Steve Earle's main road as a musician. Over the last 40 years, Earle has been a political activist, a prisoner and a novelist in addition to leading his band, the Dukes, with whom he will be appearing at the Old Rock House this Friday, July 3.
Those unfamiliar with his music and biography may see a picture of the bearded Earle and recognize him as Walon, a recovering addict on HBO's The Wire. Possibly based in part on Earle's own struggles with heroin, his character would serve as the support system that series junkie Bubbs finally uses to get clean. (Earle's cover of the show's theme -- Tom Waits' "Down in the Hole" -- would also play under the credits in the show's final season.)
From the film careers of Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers to Ice-T's hilarious turn as a streetwise detective whose lines are clearly written by white people on Law and Order: SVU, many musicians have found second careers in the world of acting. But for others such as Earle, the dalliance is brief -- a one-night stand briefly interrupting a committed relationship to music. Here are some of the more interesting musicians that had a brief fling with the world of television and film.
You'd be forgiven for fearing that this St. Louis summer might not rock. You probably remember those early promises of huge festivals -- something about a Los Angeles-based talent agency called ICM Partners laying claim to Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, something about a controversial no-compete clause, something about Bluesweek and Taste of St. Louis moving to Chesterfield as a result. You'd be forgiven for not remembering the details. After all, those promises haven't materialized.
Lovers of music trivia show their stuff at the now-shuttered Bleeding Deacon.
For St. Louisans dismayed at the season break of their favorite television shows and the ennui that traditionally accompanies it, some other brand of affordable evening entertainment is clearly in order. Luckily, our fair city is awash in opportunities to show off all that otherwise useless knowledge crowding up your cranium.
As a service to those who've recently found themselves sitting around, staring at the walls, we've created a list of more than 40 trivia nights in and around the city to keep you entertained pretty much any night of the week, regardless what part of town you happen to be in.
Our list follows. Did we miss something good? Let us know in the comments section.
Tom Petty already had his last dance with Mary Jane -- right?
April 20, also known as "420 woooooo hooooooo fuck yeahhh!" day, is here. It's time for all of America to celebrate its deep and abiding love for marijuana. Marijuana has also been called herbal refreshment, clickem, nib, pot, tical, Buddha, ganja, bammer, chronic, MJ, burger, Thai stick, reefer, boo-yah, onion, pakalolo, skunk, sticky icky icky, choke, kill, dope, kind, dub, shwag, paca lolo, fatty, kind bud, woolies, smoke, and zombie.
Let's all get in the mood! Dim the lights, crank up your favorite video game console, add a little fresh water to your bong, get a brand-new black light for all of your black light posters, drop by the local dispensary, lay back, and crank all these songs as loud as you can, man. Wait, don't crank it too loud, though, bro. You don't want the neighbors calling the cops again. Is it still too loud? Wait, what's that, is it a knock at the door?
For a man known as the Redheaded "Stranger," Willie Nelson has quite the roster of talented friends and associates.
Over the course of his almost sixty-year musical career, Nelson has found himself collaborating with artists ranging from Johnny Cash to Jessica Simpson. While not all have been as successful as his Highwaymen partnership with Cash, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson, or as uncomfortable as his "These Boots are Made for Walking" remake for the Dukes of Hazzard movie he did with Simpson, the diversity of artists Nelson draws to him is quite remarkable.
You only have until January 1, 2016, to legally smoke in a bar in St. Louis.
St. Louis drinkers who like to light up while they get lit have got just under a year to savor both of their favorite vices at the city's remaining smoking bars.
Back on January 2, 2011, St. Louis City Ordinance 68481 took effect, banning smoking in most St. Louis businesses. While a provision in the law allowed certain small bars meeting the ordinance's requirements to apply for an exemption and continue allowing patrons to smoke, that provision also specified that all exemptions to the law would expire on January 1 of next year. Also beginning on that date, no new applications for exemption will be considered, making all bars in the city officially smoke-free.
A few things you can easily find in classified ads: phone sex, apartment rentals, tarot card readers, telemarketing jobs and a used Toyota Camry with low mileage. Look a little closer, and you might also find your path to rock & roll glory.
OK, answering most musician classifieds won't automatically punch your ticket to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It's more likely to result in an awkward jam session at some stranger's residence with three dudes who are twice your age but only know one song all the way through.
Still, the seeds for many very successful bands were sown in the classifieds section. Here are some of them.
The offbeat workplace sitcom Parks and Recreation has always found humor in the dullness of government work, and it also celebrates the world of music. From '90s hitmakers like Ginuwine and Letters to Cleo to indie-rock heavyweights the Decemberists and Jeff Tweedy to Pawnee's own Mouse Rat and Duke Silver, musical subplots were constantly on the horizon. Just think what the show might've been ifthe RZA been chosen to play Leslie Knope.
That's enough eulogizing, though, especially since there's still two episodes to go. After making it clear that this whole thing is a massive spoiler alert, let's take a look at the ten best onscreen musical moments in Parks and Rec history.
Love Hozier or hate Hozier, but don't say the 24-year-old didn't work hard to get to where he's at. The Irish singer's got stubble on his face these days because there's been no time to shave over the past three years.
Well before "Take Me to Church" surpassed 100 million YouTube views -- back when he was still known as Andrew Hozier-Byrne -- the man who just did a duet with Annie Lennox on the Grammys diversified his musical gifts for a variety of musical pursuits. Did you know he was even a backup singer for '80s pop star Billy Ocean?
Without spoiling the surprises, some of the blue-eyed soul singer's choices proved more admirable than others. Here are six videos, in chronological order, that tell the story of Hozier's musical life before he was famous.