No notes were played by the artists on stage, but the message was loud and clear anyway: air guitar in St. Louis was here to stay.
|Photos by Allison Babka|
|Contestants jam to "Freebird," with winner "Crystal Richter" (Beth Olson) teaching judge Julie Dill some moves.|
As noted in our cover story last week, the Firebird hosted St. Louis' first-ever official qualifying event for U.S. Air Guitar on Friday, June 28. With paid travel and ascension through semi-final, national and world competition at stake, contestants already had plenty to prove. But the big question was this: would St. Louis provide enough "airness" to make it a yearly event?
"You guys saw a great competition tonight," says Eric Melin, host of the evening's event and a U.S. Air Guitar Hall of Famer who performs as "Mean Melin." "And I think St. Louis will get even better in the future."More »