Photo by Blair Stiles Beeman in the control room at Native Sound.
It takes twenty stomps to ascend the white staircase to David Beeman's Native Sound Studio. Only after one navigates a bar in the midst of construction are the stairs visible. Two confused yet affable builders stare. The bespectacled one nods and says, "You just go up those stairs. Don't turn right. Don't. You have to turn left." The cryptic nature of his instructions is suspicious. The building looks like it has been gutted, everything painted in a pure, unicorn white that blinds when paired with light bulbs and lamps hung in a haphazard fashion. It feels an altogether foreign reality.More »
Even though its stage reached a standstill for the better part of the last couple of years, Saint Louis University's student-run music venue, the Billiken Club, has had its fair share of memorable concerts (and intends to keep 'em coming). In an effort to maintain a visual history, the SLU library's special-collections department presents an exhibit of letterpress prints made specifically for the Billiken Club by the Firecracker Press called (please don't) STEAL THIS POSTER!, premiering this Thursday, September 12, at 4 p.m with a musical performance by Manual Feed on vintage presses.
The Firecracker Press
When legendary local musician, writer and photographer Bob Reuter died suddenly last month, friends and loved ones were grief-stricken. Reuter played in and documented the south city scene for decades, leaving behind a vast amount of artistic work and no shortage of fans and admirers. Last night his bandmates, collaborators and friends came together at the Casa Loma Ballroom to pay tribute to Reuter's life and work.
See Also: Remembering Bob Reuter: St. Louis SpeaksMore »
As KDHX (88.1 FM) polishes off the move to its new home at Grand Center, one little pesky piece of business still needs attending to: selling the building that was the station's home for over twenty years.
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UPDATE: More details have been announced regarding Bob Reuter's memorial. The service will run from 7 p.m. to midnight, and will be a "multi-media production that will celebrate Bob's music, photography, writings, stories, and drawings." Bob's band, Alley Ghost, will perform with several guest singers and musicians from Reuter's previous bands, Kamikaze Cowboy, Thee Dirty South, and more. His photographs will line the walls on display, and his poetry and writings will be read aloud by friends and colleagues.
Photo: Jaime Lees
[Update 8/6: We have added two more tributes, one from Larissa Rook of Wormwood Scrubs and one from KDHX DJ Nick Acquisto. Both can be found on page 11 of this post.]
[Update: Since this article was originally published we have added tributes from Kentucky Knife Fight's Jason Holler (page 9), Joe Thebeau of Finn's Motel and local artist and musician Dana Smith (page 10). Click on the names that follow to jump to the pages with individual tributes from the original post: Randall Roberts / Erin Wiles / Steve Carosello / Shaun Morrissey / Little Rachel Fenton / Mario Viele / Ellen Herget / Matthew Frederick / Jeff Hess / Brett Underwood / a story contributed by artist Red Mouth, written by Bob Reuter.]
I got the call early, about an hour and a half before the news hit the Internet. My friend Jim was on the phone. The tone of his voice was calm and reassuring -- gentle, even. Bob Reuter, he explained, was dead. Over the next few minutes we talked each other through the shock as best we could. Then Jim offered a short list of people who would be good for a quote or two on Bob's life.More »
photo by Jon Scorfina Bob Reuter
The man who today fell to his death down an elevator shaft has been identified by numerous sources close to RFT Music as Bob Reuter, 61, a legendary St. Louis music elder and beloved photographer who spent the majority of his life documenting and creating in the ever-blooming south-city scene.
- Remembering Bob Reuter: St. Louis Speaks
Riverfront Times received the sweetest note this week from Jimmy Tebeau, the subject of our June 13 feature story, "He's Gone".
The lead singer of the popular local Grateful Dead cover band, the Schwag, reported to federal prison in South Dakota last month after pleading guilty to knowingly allowing the sale of drugs at his campground and concert venue, Camp Zoe. As our article detailed, Tebeau is believed to be the the first artist or event organizer ever imprisoned under a somewhat vague federal statute initially designed to stamp out crack houses.
But Tebeau didn't write to RFT to plead his case or argue that he's paying for the sins of others. (Tebeau, himself, was never accused of selling drugs. His crime, according to the feds, was not stopping others from doing so.)
The old Dead Head has moved on. Besides, he's too busy playing in prison bands to dwell on the past.More »
Bunnygrunt is an act seated right where it wants to be: walking the thin line between musical obsession and hobby, obscurity and fame. "For the most part, the band I thought about being in when I was a kid--this is pretty much that band," says guitarist Matt Harnish. "I guess I didn't really have the super rock-star-selling-out-stadiums dreams. I had the dreams of 'I'm going to be this cool cult dude, and I'm going to be kind of famous to a few people.'"
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