Best Keyboardist

Dave Grelle

If you make it a habit to see music in St. Louis, chances are you've seen Dave Grelle tearing up a keyboard. Whether jamming with Big Mike Aguirre & the Blu City Allstars, paying tribute to Led Zeppelin in Celebration Day or leading his pop/soul/jittery new-wave combo the Feed, Grelle is a fixture on the scene. It doesn't take long to see why he's so in-demand: This cat can play. Grelle is equally adept at slinking into the pocket of a funky groove as he is leading the charge on pounding nervy rockers, and his fluid jazzy runs make for stellar electric solos. Just as impressive is Grelle's ability to make his keyboards imitate any instrument. From the silky tones of a Rhodes piano to dirty, honking blasts, Grelle forges every musical weapon imaginable to craft sounds as diverse and exciting as his playing.

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