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Lady Gaga?! With Kid Cudi!? At the Fox?!

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Yes, that’s correct Gaga fans, the Lady herself will take stage at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis on January 7. The concert is part of her film-referencing “Monster Ball” tour, which launched in late November (Gaga announced plans for this tour about two weeks after the Kanye-Gaga tour fell through).

Lady Gaga's "Monster Ball" tour is in promotion of her latest album, "The Fame Monster". Gaga and rapper Kid Cudi will perform at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis.

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Written by Katie Davis

December 5, 2009 at 3:43 pm

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Swings into Columbia

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One of the forerunners of the modern swing movement, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy visited Columbia and played some jazzy numbers as part of the University Concert Series for Jesse Auditorium Wednesday night.

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Ensemble Galilei Performs with NPR’s Neal Conan

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"Ensemble Galilei"

Consider a picture book with background music in a movie theater and you will find “First Person: Stories from the Edge of the World.”

Experience thoughts from Charles Darwin literature and many more famous explorers, aided by Ensemble Galilei’s music and National Geographic Image Selection Photographs.

A group of musicians known as Ensemble Galilei have combined visuals and narratives with their melodic compositions. Neal Conan, the host of NPR’s “Talk of the Nation,” narrates their latest show titled, “First Person: Stories from the Edge of the World.”

Pictures from National Geographic are displayed on a movie screen behind the performers on their various instruments. Their music incorporates Irish, Scottish, early and original music.

The next local showing of Ensemble Galilei with Neal Conan, is in Joplin, Mo., March 6, at Pro Musica Joplin in the Central Christian Center, 410 Virginia.


  • Kathryn Montoya, recorders, oboe, and whistle
  • Sue Richards, Celtic harp
  • Carolyn Anderson Surrick, viola da gamba
  • Hanneke Cassel, Scottish fiddle
  • Allison Edberg, early fiddle
  • Glen Velez, percussion (selected performances)
  • Neal Conan, Narrator
    For selected performances: actor Bill Pullman and Liane Hanson from National Public Radio

KCOU Sponsors a Battle of the Bands

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Thirteen bands are gunning for your votes at The station and the Student Union Programming Board are sponsoring a battle of the bands. They’re all fighting for the chance to play at Memorial Union.

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A gala affair

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A short while ago, world-renowned cello master Yo-Yo Ma gave a gala performance at Powell Symphony Hall in St. Louis as part of a fundraiser for the many programs provided by the city’s world-renowned orchestra. It’s always the case – as I suspect it might be with others – that after I go to a concert it’s mandated by some unseen force that I listen to that band or performer on repeat for at least a week. I’ve never quite been able to explain why.

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Written by Sangeeta Shastry

November 7, 2009 at 12:19 am

Columbia’s own revs up the Blue Fugue

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The Hooten Hallers never fail to disappoint with their rowdy, fun, loud performances. They took over the Blue Fugue Saturday night, yelling, hollering and reaching pitches I didn’t think possible for a crowd of 30 to 40 gathered tightly to the stage.

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The Hipnecks spice up the Blue Note “for the cropdusters”

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The Blue Note was alive Saturday night with the floor crowd dancing wildly to the Hipnecks, a band that describes its music as rooted in “the fertile grounds of the American Midwest.” Filled with incredible fast-paced guitar solos from guitarist Zach Harrison and the husky, smooth voice of guitarist, vocalist and harmonica extraordinaire Pat Kay (who also happens to play the mandolin, banjo and djembe), the Hipnecks kept the crowd jumping through their hour-long set.

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