Wash. U. cares about black people: In honor of Black History Month, the Music and Musicians of the Black Artists' Group in St. Louis presents a two-day educational-seminar-slash-celebration-extraordinaire at Washington University. Black artists from Yale to Mizzou celebrate their heritage with master classes, poetry readings and symposium panel discussions. Of particular note is the concert on Thursday, February 16, at the Holmes Lounge (in Ridgley Hall on the Wash. U. campus, Forsyth and Skinker boulevards; 314-935-4841). Trumpeter Floyd LeFlore and reedman J.D. Parran lead their ensembles at 8 and 9:15 p.m., respectively. And with kudos from Kanye, this event is free.
Lift every voice and sing! Ring with the celebration of civility! Let your rejoicing rise! Let it resound as loud as the Saint Louis Symphony! The annual Black History Month Celebration at Powell Symphony Hall (718 North Grand Boulevard; 314-533-2500) features two St. Louis jazz greats, Denise Thimes and Ptah Williams. Additionally, the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and IN UNISON Chorus, led by Robert Ray, celebrate music that honors African-American culture. Lift Every Voice and Sing! is a free event on Tuesday, February 21, at 7:30 p.m.
Think of the word "Exposure": What comes to mind? If you think of an amount of light, you're probably a photographer. If you think of a weather-related illness, you're probably a biologist. If you think of the 1979 Robert Fripp album, you could probably do with some musical enlightenment. So what better than the Exposure Battle of the Bands at Mississippi Nights (914 North First Street, 314-421-3853) on Saturday, February 18? For a paltry $12 ($14 for the under-21 set), you get a full day of musical mayhem. Starting at the rock-star hour of 11 a.m., more than twenty local bands, including A Fatal Harmony, A Memory's End, Against All Odds, Candy Coated Eil, Day for a Death Wish, DTF, Four Story Fate, Goat Smoke, Gravity, Great White Buffalo, Helicon, House Arrest, IronE and others take the stage and rock you till you're aurally overexposed.