by Daniel Hill
This year's RFT Music Showcase (June 7) is already shaping up to be a hell of an event. In addition to moving it from Washington Avenue to the Grove (along Manchester between Kingshighway and Vandeventer), we have also reached out to some of the local acts we've long retired to the "Hall of Fame," asking if they want to be a part. In keeping, this year's event will feature performances from St. Louis' Pokey LaFarge and So Many Dynamos.
Neither band should need an introduction to a St. Louis crowd, but just in case:
Pokey LaFarge plays American roots music with a five-piece band at his side. A veteran STL musician who honed his craft releasing albums with St. Louis' venerable Big Muddy Records (well-known as the home/family of Bob Reuter), LaFarge is now signed to Jack White's Third Man label. He and his band have made performances on the Late Show with David Letterman, Jools-Holland on New Years Eve, on the soundtrack to HBO's Boardwalk Empire and more.
So Many Dynamos has been performing in St. Louis for over a decade now. Once a part of Vagrant Records' lineup and now a free agent, the band's Flashlights and Loud Wars LPs are uniquely excellent St. Louis records -- truly standouts among standouts. An indie-rock group combining aspects of electro-pop and dance-punk, the band's expanded lineup has guitarist-keyboardist Stephen Inman and percussionist Alison Arida joining guitarist-keyboardist Nathan Bernaix and founding members Aaron Stovall (keyboardist-guitarist) and Clayton "Norm" Kunstel (drummer). So Many Dynamos is currently sitting on a much-anticipated upcoming release, the Safe With Sound LP, which was recorded in summer of 2013. It will be the band's fourth full-length.
RFT Music is proud to have both playing at the 2014 Showcase. Their show will take place at the Ready Room, and will serve as the event's grand finale. There will still be performances from over 50 St. Louis acts through the afternoon and evening, and after that is over the Ready Room will open its doors for the finale.
If you are only interested in seeing Pokey and the Dynamos, you'll be able to purchase tickets to that show for $15. If you are only interested in the other 50 local acts that will be playing beforehand, you'll be able to get a wristband for $10, same as every year. If you want it all, the full experience will cost $20. With this level of talent and sheer amount of music, there is really no way to lose.
Keep an eye on RFTMusic.com for upcoming details. We're extra excited for this year's event and look forward to partying with everyone in June!
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