DR and Danny Liston’s Anthology Delivers for The Roots.FM


Record Roots Audience and Rave Reviews


Danny Liston’s Anthology Tribute To The Allman Brothers Band delivered the goods Saturday evening at The Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville, IL. The theater was sold out both Friday and Saturday night. The Roots live broadcast on Saturday evening exceeded every expectation held by our volunteers, donors, and listeners at home.

The upgraded audio quality of the broadcast impressed thousands of Roots listeners. Roots leadership called on our members and corporate donors to step up and finance bringing Andy Coco from Dogtown Records in to produce the sound for our broadcast. Andy and our volunteers built a temporary studio control room in the Wildey event space to house the 32-track audio board, multitrack recorders, and remote control equipment to manage equipment back at The Roots Studio inside the KETC building in Grand Center. Coco ran digital IP cables from the studio to the stage to get feeds from every stage mic. Andy then placed four condenser mics around the theater to capture room acoustics and a capacity crowd.


(center) Mark Hyken, Danny Liston, and Drea Stien in the Green Room, with the rest of the Anthology band, before the concert started.


John Stephens, with Tom and Shirley DeGeres, were the lead donors for the broadcast sound project. Our other key donor was J.F. Electric from Edwardsville, IL, who has supported many of our live broadcasts. Twenty-five Roots members also generously supported this project.


Pictured above are the Roots volunteers who worked on the Anthology broadcast. Back row from right to left: Kathie Tate, Bill Neil, John and Sam Stephens, Shirley and Tom DeGeare. Drea Stein and Mark Hyken.

Drea Stein Stein is the newest member of The Roots staff. Drea was a lead volunteer for thirty years at KDHX FM. She left the station, along with many of its volunteers, in disagreement with the station board and paid staff,  who eliminated much of their local music and support for the local St. Louis music scene. Drea will continue her active role in Save KDHX and their efforts to restore supporter and volunteer leadership to the station.

Drea will host two programs on The Roots, focusing on local St. Louis musicians and the venues featuring their work. Drea will also play a lead role in our expanding presentation of live music events.


Andy Coco produced our  Anthology broadcast feed. He also founded DogtownRecords and Andy Coco’s NOLA Funk and R&B Revue..


Daddy Liston is the host of Uptown And Lowdown, airing at 1 PM and 6 PM Wednesdays on The Roots, The program also “pops up” at various times each week.

The ARTIST SPOTLIGHT Apr 1st – Apr  5th

Monday – Friday  Noon & 7 pm

MONDAY:  (Bill)  Eagles band and side projects
TUESDAY: (Tim) Songs about the Beatles
WEDNESDAY: (Dave) Kansas, Steve Walsh, Kerry Livgren        

THURSDAY: (John) Jam Bands we should play…Vol #6
FRIDAY: (Bill)  Bands of the 1960’s San Francisco Era

Click Here For The Roots Program Calendar


Member e-mails and Requests Are Always welcome.

John M. Stephens: johns@theroots.Fm

Rick Comello: Rick@comello.NET

Mark Hyken: mmhh@charter.net

Jim Davis: jimtheroots5@gmail.com

Kathie Tate: kattheroots@gmail.com

Bill Neal: billtheroots@gmail.com

Dave Michaels: david21theroots@gmail.com

Otis Reich: otistheroots@gmail.com

Tim Powers: tim@voiceofpowers.com


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Thank you for keeping The Roots rocking.


John M Stephens
The Roots. Fm
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Schlafly’s April Music Lineup

April 2024
at the Schlafly Tap Room, 2011 Locust Street, St. Louis, MO
Fri 4/5/24  Alexandra Sinclair & Neil C Luke 6:30-9pm 
Fri 4/12/24  The Faithful Strays 6:30-9pm 
Fri 4/19/24 Freedom Man/Zero to 90 – 6:30-9pm in the Club Room
Fri 4/26/24 Corey Sathoff Duo 6:30-9pm 

at the Schlafly Bottleworks, 7620 Southwest Ave, Maplewood, MO
Sat 4/6/24  Emily Wallace 6:30-9pm 
Sun 4/7/24  LOVE (exKDHX) DJ Spin 12:00-9:00pm 
Sat 4/13/24 Gary Hunt & Joel Ferber 6:30-9pm 
Sat 4/20/24 “420” Party
Matinee:  Brian Curran w/Nick Pence 1:00-3:30p  
Evening:  Mattie Schell 6:30-9pm 
Sat 4/27/24  Hershey Coco Duo 6:30-9pm 

2024 Schlafly S&O Fest Music Lineup

Schlafly Brewing’s annual Stout & Oyster Festival brings 50,000 raw Oysters (and oyster shuckers) from both coasts to St. Louis, and will introduce a group of new stout beers, per usual, but also will feature FREE Live Local Music for the duration of the 2 day event!
This year’s event will take place at Schlafly Bottleworks, at 7260 Southwest Ave. in Maplewood, MO from 5-9pm Friday and 11am-9pm Saturday, March 8 and 9, 2024.

Friday March 8, 2024

5:30pm-7:00pm Funky Butt Brass Band

Funky Butt Brass Band

The Funky Butt Brass Band was formed in 2008 by six talented musicians who respect and revere the New Orleans brass band tradition. The FBBB takes traditional New Orleans brass tunes and sprinkles in their own brand of special Saint Louis musical magic. At any given gig, you’ll also hear some Chicago blues, Memphis soul, Southern rock and St. Louis R&B.
TIP THE BAND: Venmo @TheFunkyButtBrassBand

7:30pm-9:00pm Aaron Kamm and the One Drops

Aaron Kamm and the One Drops

Hailing from St. Louis, MO, Aaron Kamm and the One Drops merge flavors of Roots Reggae, Mississippi River Blues, Improv-laced Jams, and Soulful Vocals. With their high-energy performance and unique sound, Aaron Kamm and the One Drops are a must see.
TIP THE BAND: PayPal OneDropFans@gmail.com

Saturday March 9, 2024

12:00pm-1:00pm Sophisticated Babies

Sophisticated Babes: Adam Hucke & Cody Henry

STL’s Premier Tuba/Ukulele Duo
featuring Adam Hucke and Cody Henry
Novelty with Integrity | Bring your Parents
TIP THE BAND: Venmo @AdamHucke

1:30-3:00pm Andy Coco’s NOLA Funk and R&B Revue

Andy Coco’s NOLA Funk and R&B Revue

Balls & Boils our specialty…its a dance party every time w/ Andy Coco’s NOLA Funk R&B Revue…a StL band, featuring the music born on and nourished by the mighty Missouri & Mississippi Rivers: Rock & Roll, R&B and the Funk!
TIP THE BAND: Venmo @DogtownRecords

3:30-5:00pm Saint Boogie Brass Band

Saint Boogie Brass Band

Saint Boogie Brass Band (SBBB) is a dynamic musical ensemble that was established in 2011. Comprising exceptionally talented musicians hailing from diverse backgrounds, SBBB shares an unwavering passion for music creation. The band’s distinctive sound is characterized by the fusion of horns and percussion, creating a lively and infectious party-like atmosphere. Drawing inspiration from various genres including Hip-Hop, Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, and Funk, SBBB consistently delivers performances that captivate audiences and get them on their feet, grooving to the rhythm.
TIP THE BAND: CashApp $StBoogieBrassBand

6:00pm and 7:30pm
Sean Canan’s Voodoo Soul featuring Hillary Fitz &Tish Period

Sean Canan

Sean Canan’s Voodoo Players began as a weekly jam at the Broadway Oyster Bar in January 2014 with Sean Canan at the helm of a revolving cast of the top musicians from the St. Louis region. For the Voodoo Soul performance, Sean will be joined by an all-star cast including Nate Hershey on keys, Andy Coco on bass, and Tony Barbata on drums, along with Tish and Hillary Fitz providing soulful vocals. Ranging from ’50s Motown hits to ’70s Stevie Wonder. with sounds of the Jerry Garcia Band and even some ’80s Prince, Voodoo Soul will offer something for everyone’s tastes!
TIP THE BAND: @Voodoo_Tips

Schlafly, The St. Louis Brewery announces the return of LIVE MUSIC to their Brew Pubs with the 2024 Winter Music Series in partnership with Andy Coco’s Dogtown Records & Entertainment

ST. LOUIS, MO – Schlafly Brewing has been a part of grassroots St. Louis culture from its inception in December of 1991, and has had a long standing reputation for hosting live local musicians, performing both during signature events and on their brewpub stages at the Bottleworks in Maplewood and the Tap Room in the city of St. Louis. The pandemic sidelined the tradition. Schlafly’s management and staff are excited to bring it back, beginning with regular evening engagements without a cover charge, happy hours, and monthly matinee events featuring live music. There are also plans to begin doing regular ticketed live events in the Tap Room’s Club Room.  

Dan Jameson, the new Director of Brewpub Operations said. “It’s been a part of our atmosphere for a long time.  We listened to the community, appreciate their love for live music and really feel like it’s time to go for it again. And we sure hope the people will come to support and enjoy it. Bring the kids, have dinner and enjoy a wide array of beverages; especially our great beer! It’s an exciting time at Schlafly, and we’re excited for 2024.”   

Andy Coco’s Dogtown Records & Entertainment, a recording and publishing company turned talent broker, will support the initiative by booking and managing the talent relationships.  “I’m very excited to be involved in restoring both the idea of a place to go and hear some local music, for both locals and visitors, but that it will have a signature of authenticity in the booking.  I’m a huge fan of the history of our music in this city and the Mississippi River Delta region, and am excited to put as much of that on Schlafly’s stages as we can find.” said Coco.

Live local musicians can be heard every Friday at The Tap Room, and every Saturday at the Bottleworks. This Friday, January 26 the series continues at the Tap Room featuring pianist Alexandra Sinclair with singer songwriter Neil C. Luke. Then Saturday the 27th the Bottleworks will host the Kingdom Brothers Duo, featuring Chris Shepherd and Ron Roscowske. Sets begin at 6:30pm and 8pm for these “No Cover Charge / Donations Accepted“ engagements.

“The number one question we get on the phone from guests is ‘will you be having live music tonight?’” says Kara Donsky, Bottleworks general manager. “We have a new menu, regular trivia and game nights, and these wonderful stages in both brewpubs, so we are crazy excited to begin 2024 by bringing live music back regularly on Saturdays at the Bottleworks, and on Fridays over at the Tap Room. And of course, we always have live local music at our signature events, Stout and Oyster Festival, Pig & Whiskey and Art Outside.”  

Schlafly’s Stout and Oyster Festival event will move to the Bottleworks and be held on March 8 and 9, 2024, a favorite during which Schlafly brings in and sells out of 40,000 oysters. Shuckers representing the origin of different styles of oysters from the various coasts are also brought in to be on hand to literally shuck their regions’ crop for festival goers, while multiple creative varieties of Stout Beers are also featured.

More information about the 2024 Schlafly Winter Music series and the performing artists can be found at the Dogtown Records website dogtownrecords.co and at Schlafly.com/Events

2024 Schlafly Winter Music Schedule
all shows 2 sets beginning at 6:30pm and 8:00pm

Fridays at Schlafly Tap Room
2100 Locust, St. Louis, MO

  • 1/26/24  Alexandra Sinclair & Neil C. Luke
  • 2/2/24  Jason D Cooper
  • 2/9/24  Kevin Gruen 
  • 2/16/24  Hunter Peebles
  • 2/23/24  Alexandra Sinclair & Neil C. Luke

Saturdays at Schlafly Bottleworks
7260 Southwest Ave, Maplewood, MO 

  • 1/27/24  Kingdom Brothers Duo
  • 2/3/24  Tommy Halloran  
  • 2/10/24  The Fab Foehners
  • 2/17/24  Three of a Perfect Pair
  • 2/24/24  Farshid Etniko

Schlafly Tap Room  1/26/24  Friday  6:30pm & 8:00pm
Alexandra Sinclair & Neil C. Luke
Meet Alexandra and Neil, a duo from the original band Old Souls Revival. Drawing inspiration from John Prime, Bob Dylan and Randy Newman, they specialize in delivering captivating covers with a unique twist. Singer-songwriter Neil C. Luke and pianist Alexandra Sinclair bring a fresh and authentic sound to songs that are well-loved and tell stories that are both tongue-in-cheek and relentlessly sincere.

Schlafly Bottleworks  1/27/24  Saturday  6:30pm & 8:00pm
Kingdom Brothers Duo
Ron Roskowske is the lead guitarist and Chris Shepherd is the lead vocalist of the well known St. Louis Blues band Kingdom Brothers. Together they are The Kingdom Brothers Duo. The pair perform separate from the full band, playing many of the band’s original songs as well as some of their favorite interps that often have an original arrangement to keep the songs exciting and fresh for their fans. These two longtime St. Louis musicians represented their city at the 2018 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. Ron’s guitar playing and Chris’ vocals are just as amazing in this acoustic performance as they are with the full band. You don’t want to miss a chance to catch these guys in action.

Standby for an exciting announcement from DR&E and Schlafly Brewing!

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Dogtown Records & Entertainment

FREE LIVE Winter MUSIC Series to be announced this week, brought to you by Dogtown Records and Entertainment and Schlafy Beer, the St. Louis Brewery!!

With pleasure Dogtown Records & Entertainment will be announcing in mid-January our partnership with Schlafly Brewing to present FREE LIVE MUSIC in the Schlafly Brew Pubs through the 2024 Winter season.

FREE LIVE & LOCAL MUSIC will continue to be a central feature of signature events like RevolutionFest (1/13/24), Stout and Oyster Festival (3/8 & 3/9), , Pig & Whiskey (July), Schlafly Art Outside (Sept), and Full Moon Fest (Nov).

More events featuring FREE LIVE MUSIC are being planned on a monthly basis, featuring acoustic artists both from St. Louis and the surrounding region, presented in the intimate setting of the Tap Room and Bottleworks’ main room stage. Other special events at St. Charles, and Highlands Brewpubs, and well as the upstairs Club Room at the Tap Room with partners like New Music Circle and the DJs of LOVE.

Dogtown Records Presents 1st Annual FALL FUNK BALL

Dogtown Records Presents:
Saturday, November 25, 2023
7:30 pm Giant Quintet | 8:45 pm The Service | 10:30 pm St. Boogie Brass Band

Off Broadway
3509 Lemp Ave
St. Louis, MO 63118

Tickets are $15 in advance | $20 day of show

Saturday, November 25, St. Louis’s Dogtown Records will present the “1st Annual FALL FUNK BALL,” featuring performances by recording artists on the label: Giant Quintet, The Service, and special guests, the St. Boogie Brass Band at Off Broadway St. Louis, MO beginning at 7:30pm.

The evening begins with Kranzberg Art Foundation fellow Jonathan Taylor and his Giant Quintet, a band and body of work built during his fellowship. The group features Taylor on keyboard and drums, with Ben Reece on saxophone and woodwinds, Jim Peters on electric guitar, Nathan Hershey on organ and electric piano, and Dogtown Records founder Andy Coco on the Fender bass. With Taylor, Coco has produced and released 3 Giant Quintet singles on the DR imprint, with plans for a full length release in 2024.

St. Louis native Grover Stewart Jr. will return from Chicago to join the GQ on drums and percussion, and will continue the evening anchoring the 2nd act, The Service taking the stage at 8:45pm. He and guitarist Pete Lombardo (who has been serving a deployment in the Air Force bands in Qatar since June) will be welcomed home at this Fall event, re-uniting the original 4 that recorded the “Serve the Groove” LP, and multiple original songs released on Pete Lombardo’s solo effort “New Groove,” also on the DR Imprint. Ben Reece will join as a special guest.

Bringing the Fall Funk Ball to full on party mode, the St. Boogie Brass Band will take the stage at 10:30pm. Led by New Orleans native Sousaphone player Chris “Turtle” Tomlin, the SBBB features the strong horn section and amazing vocal styling of drummer Marvin Bell, and trumpet players Terrell Stringer and Keith Clair.

Meet the 2023 Schlafly Art Outside Performing Artists

Friday September 8, 2023

5:00pm-6:15pm Three of a Perfect Pair

Three of a Perfect Pair

Three instruments.
Three voices.
Three of a Perfect Pair

Brad Springmeyer (guitar/vocals) Gregg Hopkins (bass/vocals) and Bill Yaeger (percussion/vocals) have enjoyed a musical association spanning several decades. Three of a Perfect Pair, their latest incarnation, in its twelfth year, brings familiar songs you may not have heard performed live. Three-part harmonies are their stock-in-trade.

booking and info: gregg.hopkins@gmail.com
tips via Paypal: vintageamp@aol.com

7:00pm-8:30pm Hillary Fitz Band

Hillary Fitz Band

Hillary Fitz is a Saint Louis-based singer-songwriter who puts her heart into her craft. With a big voice and homegrown guitar and harmonica chops, her style is a fusion that draws from a wide range of musical influences such as soul, rock, blues, and folk music. That said, her passion for music is fully expressed through her songwriting, using original music as a tool for creative expression. For her, writing is a reflection of experiences, memories, and observations. She learned from an early age that songwriting is a powerful tool for making sense of the good, the bad, the beautiful, and the craziness of this world.

Her incredibly talented band takes the songs to new heights. The music takes flight with a rocking rhythm section and soaring melodic soundscapes. Together they form the Hillary Fitz Band with Chris Turnbaugh on bass/vocals, Drew Lance on drums/vocals, Matt Lyons on guitar, and Mark Hochberg on violin. Their debut full-length album release “A Vibrant Shade of Blue” is a compilation of 10 original songs and can be found on all major streaming platforms.

booking and more info: insta & facebook @Hillary Fitz Music
tips: venmo: @hillaryfitzmusic

Saturday September 9, 2023

11:00am-12:00pm Alexandra Sinclair

Alexandra Sinclair

Alexandra Sinclair is a St. Louis born-and-raised pianist and vocalist. With influences such as Otis Spann, Champion Jack Dupree, Sippie Wallace, Alberta Hunter and Billy Preston, Alexandra plays piano and sings. Alexandra has performed as a pianist and organist with a wide range of acts including Old Souls Revival, Brother Francis and the Soultones, Grace Basement, Torrey Casey and the Southside Hustle, the Burney Sisters, and more. She tours internationally as organist for Al Holliday and the East Side Rhythm Band. As a soloist, Alexandra has found a home amongst the vibrant history and performs as resident artist in various jazz and blues venues around the area. You can see her around town, driving the Piano Van with Jackson Pianos. 

    Growing up in the church choir, Alexandra has been singing and playing her way through life. Throughout grade school, she had sung with church and school choirs as well as served as accompanist for her music teachers. When she was fifteen, she began her career playing piano and organ with friends in a blues band and spent weekends playing in bars around St. Louis and Labadie, Missouri. In addition to performing, Alexandra is a music educator at New City School in St. Louis, Missouri.

booking and info: asinclairm@gmail.com | alexandrasinclair.squarespace.com
tips: Venmo @asinclairm

12:30-1:45pm Rum Drum Ramblers

Rum Drum Ramblers

For over a decade, Rum Drum Ramblers have bridged the gap between punk and country blues with a blend of deep-welled influences, instrumental prowess, and raw feeling. Mat Wilson (guitar, vocals), Ryan Koenig (harmonica, washboard, mandolin, vocals), and Joey Glynn (upright bass, vocals) have recorded two studio albums and have become one of St. Louis’ most celebrated roots outfits through their dynamic, feel-good live performances.

booking and more info: www.rumdrumramblers.net

2:15-3:30pm Matt “Rattlesnake” Lesch Blues Band

Matt “Rattlesnake” Lesch Blues Band

Born in 1997 in St. Louis Missouri., Matt “The Rattlesnake” Lesch started playing guitar at the age of 11 and started out playing mostly rock and hard rock.  By the age of 12 he took a serious interest in blues and started studying the masters such as Albert King, B.B. King, Freddie King, Buddy Guy, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf.  At the age of 16 he was taken in and mentored by local blues legend Big George Brock and quickly became Big George’s lead guitar player.  Matt learned the meaning of the blues and where the music came from first hand from a sharecropper out of Grenada, Mississippi.  After performing at many national blues festivals across the country with Big George, Matt quickly became a seasoned veteran at an early age.

He has played with national and international artists like Mud Morganfield, Bobby Rush, Kenny Neal and many more. Matt has had his own band since the age of 16 playing all the local blues clubs and festivals in St Louis, Missouri and Illinois.  At the age of 18, Matt started attending Webster University as a Jazz Performance major.  In October of 2018, Matt released his debut album Furious Strike at the age of 20.

 With the ability of an old, seasoned professional, Matt can bring a fierce show to any stage that he plays on.  Make no mistake; his young age is far outweighed by his bleeding passion for music.  When you see “The Rattlesnake” on stage you can see and feel the intensity of his passion channeling through him and into the crowd.

booking and more info: www.mattrattlesnakelesch.com
tips: Venmo – @Stratpack97

4:00-5:15pm SoulCity Organ Trio

SoulCity Organ Trio

SoulCity Organ Trio is a funk/soul and soul-jazz group based in St. Louis, MO. It is co-led by organist Luke Sailor and guitarist Matt Lesch. They specialize in original music with accessible, carefree grooves, while also delivering unique renditions of classic soul tunes.

Their debut album, “Meet Us Here”, was released independently in June of 2023. Songs from the album have received radio play from 88.7 WSIE and 88.1 KDHX. 

booking and more info:  1lukesailor@adminzax
facebook.com/soulcityorgantrio |  instagram.com/soulcityorgantrio
tips: Venmo: @sailawaymusicllc

5:45-7:00pm Ivas John Band

Ivas John Band

From Chicago to St. Louis, to the banks of the Mississippi River in Cape Girardeau, guitarist/singer Ivas John and his band have been making a mark on the midwestern circuit for nearly 20 years. He has a style that is both a breath of fresh air and a link to days of yore, combining vintage blues sounds with his own soulful originals…all performed with joy and superb musicianship from some of STL’s finest players.

booking and more info: ivasjohnband@yahoo.com
tips: PAYPAL: @paypal.me/IvasJohnBand

7:30-9:00pm Red & Black Brass Band

Red & Black Brass Band

The Red and Black Brass Band was created in April of 2020 after Ben Kosberg and Dominique Burton took to the street to cheer up the neighborhood. 2.5 million Twitter views later, the band was formed. A dream that had been fueled and talked about for years by the 8 members of this creative ensemble became real and R&BBB has been on the upswing ever since. Born out of a pandemic, the goal was what it will always remain; to bring love and joy through the spirit of music and to help us all remember that we still have much to be grateful for.

The Red and Black Brass Band quickly became highly recognized by many in the great city of St. Louis, MO and were always met with smiles, dancing feet, and tears of joy. The band, ever busy, performs big stage shows to corporate events to backyard parties. The blend of powerful horns and smooth singing with an array of music genres over a New Orleans Second line beat sets this band apart from many as they pay homage to the music so deeply embedded for most of its members, since birth. “We just want to have some fun and make the people feel good. We’re available for any occasion. Come and party with the Red and Black.”

booking and more info:: redandblackbrassband@gmail.com
facebook.com/redandblackbrassband | instagram.com/redandblackbrassband
twitter.com/redandblackbb | tiktok.com/redandblackbrassband

tips: Venmo: @redandblackbrassband | Cashapp: $redandblackbrassband


Sunday September 10. 2023

11am-12:15pm Cree Rider Family Trio

Cree Rider Family Trio

After living on both coasts from 2005 to 2012, making music and touring the United States, Cree Rider moved back to his hometown of St. Louis in April 2012. He promptly started the americana/country-influenced Cree Rider Family Band with his then-fiancée and now-wife, Cheryl Wilson Rider.

Cree Rider Family Band is known for their original compositions, as well as an array of country covers. They have two full-length feature albums and an additional album solely dedicated to covering the songs of country songwriter Misisipi Mike Wolf, Cree’s pal and former bandmate.

Cree Rider Family Band as a Trio includes Andy Coco on vocals and Bass, and they continue to travel wherever the road may lead them, entertaining audiences along the way.

booking and more info:  creerider@gmaiol.com | creeridermusic.com
tips: Venmo @CreeRider | CashApp $CreeRider

12:45-2:00pm Opera Bell Band

Opera Bell Band

The Opera Bell Band is an experimental musical-comedy revue based in Saint Louis, MO. Their music is a technicolor stew of various historical American genres: from country-western to tin pan alley, cajun to sea shanty, calypso to novelty jazz. Live performances are one-of-a-kind experiences featuring DIY costumes, props, games, sight gags, comedy sketches, and a menagerie of instruments and cartoonish noisemakers.

The band’s debut full length album, Bell Slide, was named one of RFT’s best local albums of 2019, and “Green Lemon Buggy,” a stop-motion animated video made by the band, was screened at the 2019 St. Louis International Film Festival. Their sophomore album, Giant Crab, is expected to be released Spring 2024.

booking and info: operabellband@gmail.com | Instagram: @theoperabellband
theoperabellband.com | operabellband.bandcamp.com
tips:  Venmo: @TheOperaBellBand

2:30-4:00pm Colonel Ford

Colonel Ford

With an enduring musical journey spanning a remarkable 25 years, Colonel Ford has cultivated a timeless bond through the harmonious world of Honky Tonk music. Comprising unwavering and original band members, Gary Hunt, Dade Farrar, John Horton, and Danny Kathriner – Colonel Ford has woven a rich tapestry of melodies and memories. They play with a commitment to carry the spirit of classic country.

booking and info: facebook.com/colonelford/
tips: venmo john-horton-174

Dogtown Records presents: “Sunflower Soul LIVE! A Cross MO Showcase of Soul and Jazz,” feat. THE FREEDOM AFFAIR Friday, February 24, 2023 at The Golden Record

Dogtown Records (DR) presents a collaboration of two independent Missouri-based labels and performers featured on the publishers’ rosters. With the three-band event “Sunflower Soul LIVE! A Cross MO Showcase of Soul and Jazz,” DR founder Andy Coco and the founder of Kansas City-based Sunflower Soul Records, Chris Hazelton, begin a state-wide event collaboration to support each others’ funky home-grown sounds! 

On Friday, Feb. 24, 2023, the evening begins at 8 p.m. with The Chris Hazelton Organ Quartet, featuring Chris Hazelton on the Hammond B3 organ, and local guitarist Pete Lombardo, who lived and worked with Chris previously in KC. The event headliner is The Freedom Affair, who will take the stage at 9 p.m., followed by Andy Coco’s Dogtown Records Allstars at 11 p.m.

The Freedom Affair is on the road, carrying their positive message with a powerful big band that features their three lead vocalists, Shon Ruffin, Seyko Groves, and Paula Saunders.  The uplifting soulful vibe of The Freedom Affair is led by Sunflower Soul founder and organ master Chris Hazelton, who plays electric bass guitar on this project.

Click for –> The Freedom Affair’s EPK 

Dogtown Records founder Andy Coco, bassist, producer, and bandleader will present the late-night entertainment with Hammond B3 master Bob Row, drummer Canon DeWeese, and guitarist Pete Lombardo, whose original songs and recordings are featured on the DR Imprint.  

“Sunflower Soul LIVE! A Cross MO Showcase of Soul and Jazz”

Friday Feb. 24, 2023

The Golden Record | 2720 Cherokee Street, St. Louis, MO

8:00 pm  The Chris Hazelton Organ Quartet | chrishazelton.com

9:00 pm  The Freedom Affair | thefreedomaffair.com

 Featuring Shon Ruffin, Seyko Groves, and Paula Saunders

11:00 pm Dogtown Records Allstars featuring Bob Row 

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show, on sale NOW at: Event Brite (Feb. 24, 2023)

DR presents… Fall 2022 LIVE Music Series at Llywelyn’s

With pleasure Dogtown Records announces our partnership with Llywelyn’s Pub in Webster to present FREE Live Music in the Pub, featuring artists presented by the Dogtown Records imprint, in combo form, anchored by bassist/vocalist Andy Coco with label regulars Pete Lombardo, Nathan Hershey, Mike Murano, Ryan Marquez, Jonathan Taylor, Benet Schaeffer, and special guests Cannon DeWeese and Eric Slaughter!

This month’s presentation is The Service. The show begins at 9pm, with a second set starting at 10:45. More info here: Dogtown Records presents The Service at Llywelyn’s Webster

Mark your calendar for these DR Presents… dates at Llywelyn’s:
– Sat, Oct. 8: The Service with special guest Jonathan Taylor
– Sat, Nov. 12: Dogtown Records Allstars, featuring Bob Row & Cannon DeWeese
– Sat, Dec. 3: The Service – Original Lineup!!

Our deepest thanks to the the owners and management at Llywelyn’s Pub for hosting live local music, and presenting it to you for FREE! There’s NO COVER at LWs! Please come on down, have some din and drinks, and tell a friend!

Pete Lombardo, Mike Murano, and Andy Coco
at Llywelyn’s Webster Pub on Aug. 12, 2022