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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).
Local band, the Doxies, played a little country and a little rock ‘n’ roll at the Blue Note Saturday night. Feet started tapping and people started dancing as these guys took the stage.
Directed by the lead singer and guitarist, Brent Maness, further vocals and guitar were taken up by Tim Lloyd (who is, respectively, a reporter for the Columbia Missourian).
The Doxies’ style is hard to define–it is something like folk-meets-rock-meets-country-meets-Americana.
Add in some backyard harmonizing, a couple of twangy guitar riffs and a rock-style attitude. Then, you might see (or, rather, hear) a glimpse of the “Doxie” style and the reason Columbians love this hometown band.
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.
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.
Sometimes a person craves synthesizers, tape loops and DJs. Other times, all you want is clean, open-hearted Missouri style.
At ten o’clock, Michael Kendrick and the Blue Eyed Sons took stage at the Blue Fugue downtown. Singing about love, travelin’ and “Wrecking Like a Train”, these men offered Columbians a chance to hear some true Midwest music Friday night.
Particularly pleasing were the men’s modest yet distinct guitar chords and the occasional use of harmonica. But only where needed.
Mike Kendrick and the Blue Eyed Sons–made up of John Dalton, Matt Zufall and Joe Ellison–are Missourians to the core. Generally playing in either St. Louis or Columbia, the men draw likenesses to Bob Dylan, Jeff Tweedy–and, in my opinion, even a little John Denver.
Needless to say, the crowd swayed and sang to their tastefully “real” tunes as lead singer, Kendrick drew his band into some true folksy harmonies.
These men were more than a great segway into Company of Thieves, which played directly afterwards. Think: crowd-pleaser, but far from the easy-way-out.
The film takes place in Vienna where an ex-crook (Johannes Krisch) is working in a brothel. He falls in love with a Ukrainian hooker (Irina Potapenko), makes a terrible attempt at a robbery and meets various other people with dark stories to tell.
Brad Prager, a Mizzou professor German and Film Studies, will be the “tour guide” for the show.
The Passport Series will take place each Wednesday and Thursday evening at 7 p.m. through mid-October.
Next week’s film is Night and Day, a Korean film about an art student traveling through Paris and trying to find love and meaning.