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

New Music from the Giant Quintet; debuts live Fri 8/26 at the Oyster Bar!

From the Dogtown Records studio in St. Louis, two new recordings are being released this week, featuring the work of composer/arranger/musician Jonathan Taylor, and DR founding producer/musician Andy Coco.

A late Summer release on two singles titled “Snowdays” and “On the Humbug” may seem a tad early, but we could not wait to get them out, and start performing them live! Both instrumental tracks feature memorable melodies, the signature sound of Hammond Organ, and inspired adventurous electric guitar performances, which conjure an ethereal, almost spacey landscape. Close your eyes, and see where these sounds take you!

Recorded live at Dogtown Records and co-produced by Andy Coco, these are the first releases from of a greater body of work being produced in various setting and with multiple musicians in the area by producer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Taylor.

Jim Peters and Jonathan Taylor at DR

These tracks represent the first salvo from the Giant Quintet, a fresh ensemble recently hatched to perform original compositions from a greater body of work in progress titled “Giants Among Us.” The work comprises a diverse array of musical styles with a sizeable and diverse cast of Midwestern musicians and artists. The Giant Quintet performs pieces that best fit the melodic voices of organ, guitar, and woodwinds, occasionally featuring the vocal talents of its members and a few guests.

Nathan Hershey, Jim Peters at DR

Both tracks were recorded live at Dogtown Records by Andy Coco, mixed by Dan Mehrmann at Midtown Sound House, and mastered by Josh Harris, Seiren Productions.

This phase of the project is supported in part by a grant from the Kranzberg Arts Foundation. Jonathan is also a 2021-2022 Artist in Residence at KAF.

The Broadway Oyster Bar will host a showcase on Friday, August 26, 2022 and feature a live debut performance of these new songs and more by the Giant Quintet, a supergroup that features Hammond organist Nathan Hershey, guitarist Jim Peters, multi-instrumentalist Ben Reece, and Jonathan and Andy on Drums and Bass respectively.
The set begins at 11pm at 736 S. Broadway. Broadway Oyster Bar

Opening the show at 9:30pm is the also new Chris Shepherd Band, which features the vocalist doing his thing with the support of Benet Schaeffer on Drums, and the Service’s Andy Coco and Nathan Hershey on Bass, Organ and backing vocals. The CSB is shown here in the studio working on new tracks for release on DR this fall.

New music from CSB in progress at DR

***AND the Dogtown Records All Star Jam closes the August 26 bill, with them super funky soul jazz classics and special guests, beginning after midnight – NOT TO BE MISSED!**

Ticket price is $12 at the door. More info at BroadwayOysterBar.com

Meet the 2022 Schlafly Art Outside Performing Artists

Friday May 27, 2022

4-5:30pm Chris Shepherd Band

Chris Shepherd

Blues and Soul Singer/Songwriter & Guitarist Chris Shepherd is best known locally for his work with the Kingdom Brothers, and tours internationally with Rich McDonough. This Schlafly Art Outside performance is the debut of his new solo project, featuring the stalwart rhythm section of Benet Schaeffer on Drums, Andy Coco on Electric Bass Guitar, and Nathan Hershey on Organ and electric piano.

booking and info: https://www.facebook.com/chris.shepherd3
tips: venmo.com/Chris-Shepherd-50

6-7:30pm So Grand Polka Band

So Grand Polka Band

So Grand Polka Band is a polka band from St. Louis, MO led by accordionist Jess Adkins, playing a mix of class polkas and waltzes, Cleveland style polkas, as well as original compositions. 
booking and info: https://www.instagram.com/sograndpolkaband/
tips: venmo @SoGrandPolkaBand


8:15-9:45pm Dave Grelle’s Playadors

Dave Grelle

Pianist/Keyboardist & composer Dave Grelle and band, Playadors, is an all-star cast of some of St. Louis’s finest musicians. Grelle’s Playadors features brand new original music from one of the most in-demand pianists/keyboardists in St. Louis. A veteran of bands like The Feed, Funky Butt Brass Band, Celebration Day, and Kevin Bowers’ Nova, Grelle has also shared the stage with members of Allman Brothers, Dave Matthew’s Band, The Roots, Galactic, Lettuce, Snarky Puppy and many others. The band’s appreciation for the history of jazz, funk and soul and where the future of the music is headed presents itself in an incredibly magical mingling of sounds, styles, and grooves.

booking and info: instagram.com/grellvis | tips: Venmo @feedmemusic

Saturday May 28, 2022

11a-12:30pm Tom Hall

The Tom Hall

— I play a lot of roots music-originally blues based-gotten in world roots music.

“THE Tom Hall has been playing music in STL since his days with the Geyer Street Sheiks. He has been holding court at places such as BB’s, Evangeline’s and Venice Cafe for years and is considered one of the premier guitar players in town.”

booking and more info: tomhallmusic.com


1-2:30pm Miss Jubilee and the Yas Yas Boys

Miss Jubilee

Vocalist Miss Jubilee (aka Valerie Kirchhoff) leads this high energy jazz and blues ensemble, paying homage to the female blues singers of the 1920s and 30s and to the rich musical heritage of St. Louis. Performed with joy, precision, and an infectious energy!

booking and more info: miss-jubilee.com | tips: paypal.me/missjubileeSTL


3-4:30pm One Way Traffic

One Way Traffic

Born from an open-mic bluegrass jam in St. Louis, Missouri, One Way Traffic is a five-piece band with an eclectic sound. Inspired greatly by Americana, Blues, and Jazz, the band combines their individual influences to create a  gumbo chock full of musical deliciousness and surprise.  In just four years together, One Way Traffic have quickly established themselves as a premier band within the St. Louis music scene, selling out shows monthly at the storied Broadway Oyster Bar and playing world-class venues like The Sheldon Concert Hall, The Pageant, and Old Rock House. Their ability to connect with fans in their hometown has led them to stages across the country, opening for and sharing the bill with bands like Yonder Mountain String Band, Kitchen Dwellers, Leftover Salmon, Split Lip Rayfield, and Twiddle. Additionally, their name can often be spotted on festival line ups like Blue Ox, John Hartford Memorial, and Pickin’ On Picknic. Just after releasing their first album in 2019, they won the band competition at Northwest String Summit. 
One Way Traffic is Drew Lance (Drums/Vocals), Sam Avery (Guitar/Vocals), Leah Osborne (Baritone Uke/Vocals), Sam Aubuchon (mandolin), and Erik Ferguson (Bass). 

booking and more info: onewaytrafficmusic.com | tips: Venmo  leah-osborne-6


5-6:30pm Janet Evra

Janet Evra

 “Janet Evra delivers a fresh, romantic jazz spin to St. Louis’ music scene.” 
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Janet Evra… An absolute must-see for anyone in St. Louis who loves jazz.”  
Riverfront Times
Janet Evra is an international jazz vocalist, bassist, and bandleader from England based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.  Evra tours and performs on premier stages across the USA and Europe, including jazz festivals and concerts in Sweden, Denmark, Romania, Switzerland, and Finland.  Evra has collaborated with GRAMMY-winning artists and jazz superstars including Randy Brecker, Taylor Eigsti, Andrea Motis, Jeff Coffin, Roy “Futureman” Wooten, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Eric Marienthal, and Diego Figueiredo, as well as many St. Louis jazz legends.  She sings in English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French.

booking and more info: janetevra.com | tips: Venmo @Janet-Evra


7-8:15pm / 8:30-9:45pm Gene Jackson & Power Play

Gene Jackson

For the best in Jazz, Blues, R&B, Motown, Disco, and much more, come and experience the vocal talents of Gene Jackson and Swan fronting the Power Play Band, as they take you on a musical ride down memory lane.   Power Play is a 5-8 piece dance band based in St. Louis, MO, specializing in high energy, classy live entertainment. Power Play combines many different and popular styles of music to create a fun and energetic atmosphere. As a band, Power Play places emphasis on bringing you quality live entertainment that will keep the dance floor packed and lively all night long!  This dynamic band is comprised of 6 musicians:  Gene Jackson – Vocals, Swan – Vocals, Lorenzo Boone – Bass, Chuck – Drums, Tony Mitchell – Guitar, Pete Zimmerman – Keyboards 

booking and more info: power2playstl.com  | tips: Venmo @genejacksonmusic

 

Sunday May 29. 2022


12pm-12:45pm Hip Grease

Hip Grease

Dogtown Records recording artists Hip Grease began performing as a live unit in St. Louis clubs in 1999. Excited about finding classic “SoulJazz” recordings being re-done by contemporaries, STL musicians, Ben Reece (reeds/woodwinds), Andy Coco (basses), and Dave Grelle (organ/piano/keys) created Hip Grease, a part time project with the specified goals of having fun playing jazz that makes people dance.

Greasin’ was recorded in 2014 at Sawhorse Studios, mixed by Andy Coco, and released on Dogtown Records, with Adam Hucke (flugel/trumpet), Ron Sikes (percussion), and Kyle Honeycutt (drums) featuring the original compositions and a few funky interpretations of SoulJazz classics.
The current performing unit features Grover Stewart Jr. on Drums.

booking and more info: hipgrease.co   | tips: Venmo @DogtownRecords


1:00-2:15pm Ryan Marquez St. Unity featuring Paige Alyssa

Ryan Marquez

Missourian Ryan Marquez’s music has been called many things but “accessibly out there” might be the keyboardist, producer, songwriter, arranger, and vocalist’s favorite description of his unique sound that is baptized in Blues, indoctrinated by Jazz and raised in Hip-Hop culture. His music represents a diverse ecosystem of  “feel good vibes” that he channels by infusing tasteful jazz piano chops, a Pop songwriter/arranger sensibility, with vocal flavors from Progressive R&B/Hip-Hop. His recording and performance credits include Grammy recognized artists such as Terence Blanchard, Kirk Whalum, Fred Wesley, Chance The Rapper, Kingfish, Ernie Isley & more. His music has been featured on VH1, BET, MTV, The CW, ESPN & FOX networks.

“Passionate in everything he does” (WSIE 88.7, “The Sound”), he
“truly embodies the creative collaboration…essential to moving St. Louis forward full steam ahead.” (Regional Arts Commission of STL)

Currently, Ryan is campaigning his new jazz/pop release “Saint Unity,” a spirited record that incorporates the larger narrative of the current artistic renaissance and cultural climate present in St. Louis. Produced by the legendary engineer Carl Nappa (The Hit Factory) and Lenny Mink for Lotown Records, the album features 20 STL vocalists and musicians powering Ryan’s originals and jazz interpretations of hits from the world of rock – including songs from No Doubt, Smashing Pumpkins, 311, The Beatles and more. No matter the outfit, the 2 time NFL halftime performer sits squarely in the center of the upswing of creative energy radiating from the vibrant music epicenter that is Missouri.

booking and info: ryanmarquez.com | saintunitymusic.com | tips: Venmo: @consciouskeys 

2:45-4pm Al Holliday and The East Side Rhythm Band

Al Holliday and the East Side Rhythm Band

Here is just one band family who does their thing the way they do – a band who can sound as hot and as thick as the breath of the Mississippi River in the St. Louis summertime, and can turn around and lay it down as cool as the breeze.
Music lovers draw some comparisons to large groups like Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, and Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs & Englishmen – also you will hear influences of Taj Mahal, Billy Preston, Leon Russell, and Allen Toussaint – but AL HOLLIDAY & THE EAST SIDE RHYTHM BAND, with the muddy water in their veins – no doubt, come with their very own game in this generation. The young man and the band bring a package only describable as essentially American – a sound distinct to the “Big Muddy” and their river city home where the four winds blow.

booking and info: alholliday.com | Venmo @Al-Holliday 

2022 Schlafly ART OUTSIDE Performing Artist Lineup!

DR proudly presents the lineup for the 2022 Schlafly Art Outside, taking place Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29, 2022


Friday May 27, 2022
4-5:30p Chris Shepherd Band
6-7:30p So Grand Polka Band
8:15-9:45p Dave Grelle’s Playadors

Saturday May 28. 2022
11a-12:30p Tom Hall
1-2:30p Miss Jubilee and the Yas Yas Boys
3-4:30p One Way Traffic
5-6:30p Janet Evra
7-8:15p / 8:30-9:45p Gene Jackson & Power Play

Sunday May 29. 2022
11a-12:15p Hip Grease
12:45-2p Ryan Marquez St. Unity
2:30-4p Al Holliday and The East Side Rhythm Band

Get into the DR Music Catalog!

Once you have added Hip Grease, The Service, and Big Mike tracks to your favorite streaming service playlists, Spotify and Apple and all that, please consider supporting the artists directly, by going to https://dogtownrecordsstl.bandcamp.com/ to preview and purchase tracks online. OR….

32gigs of Funk!

If you are a DJ, musician, or just a super enthusiast and want to get access to DR music for your collection, interest in sharing or adding to your performance, just get in touch, coco [at] dogtownrecords.co, and let me know – I’ll send you a code to download the files from all of our Bandcamp published content. We REALLY want you to have it.

Or throw your boy a few clams (a steal at $75), and you get this new gorgeous USB Media Drive. 32 gigs of sweet soulful funk and jazz for you to enjoy. Jam packed with DR songs and video, it shows your cool taste, and makes a great gift.

Better yet, get in touch about buying up introductory price
$COCO-COIN* at $100/share, and I’ll send you one of these, customized.
Order yours by emailing coco [at] DogtownRecords.co TODAY!

*details related to my security & social NFTs, and the un-precedented upswing in value we’ve seen upon its introduction, keep an eye out for $COCO COIN, and hold onto yours!!

Bike Mike and the Blu City Allstars: pre-release single available now!

We’re SO excited to be working on the first full length release of original St. Louis Soul and Rhythm and Blues from Big Mike and the Blu City Allstars. The band has been lighting up area stages for years, and is excited to share these new tracks with fans and new friends. Recording is nearly complete, and you can get a sample of things to come with this recently released 2 song set, available now! Stream and download at the Dogtown Records Bandcamp , or request on CD via: coco@dogtownrecords.co.

Look for our full length release date announcement in early 2019!

 

FF13 is near!!

This Friday and Saturday, Schlafly Beer and Dogtown Records are proud to announce and invite you to enjoy Funk Fest 13 – the 13th annual South Broadway Rhythm & Blues, Soul, and Funk Festival, a showcase event and collaboration between St. Louis’s hardest working musicians and the 3 historic daily live music clubs:  BB’s Jazz Blues and Soups, The Beale on Broadway and the Broadway Oyster Bar.

24 bands will perform 75-minute showcase-style sets each night from 7:30 p.m. until 2:30 a.m. One-day wristbands at $12 will allow access to all 3 music venues during the festival.
 
Grab some Advanced Tickets here:

 

 

 

 

 

The Schedule:

 Friday, September 28
 
The Beale on Broadway
7:30-8:45pm Devil’s Elbow
9:15-10:30pm Kingdom Brothers
11:00-12:15a Jeramiah Johnson
12:45-2:30a Mz. Sha
 
BB’s Jazz Blues and Soups
7:45-9:00p Hip Grease
9:30-10:45p Hazard to Ya Booty
11:15-12:30a Naked Rock Fight feat Dawn Weber
1:00-2:15a The People’s Key
 
Broadway Oyster Bar
8:00-9:15 The Scandaleros
9:45-11:00 The Provels
11:30-12:45a Funkify Your Life: A Tribute to The Meters
1:15-2:30a Fu*k Monster
 
 
Saturday, September 29
 
The Beale on Broadway
7:30-8:45pm Miss Jubillee and the Humdingers
9:15-10:30 Roland Johnson
11:00-12:15 Big Mike and the Blu City All Stars
12:45-2:30 Marquise Knox
 
BB’s Jazz Blues and Soups
7:45-9:00p The Service
9:30-10:45pm Torrey Casey & the South Side Hustle
11:15-12:30 iLLPHONiCS
1:00a-2:15a Love Jones
 
Broadway Oyster Bar
8:00-9:15 The Grooveliner
9:45-11:00 Pig War feat Teddy Presberg
11:30-12:45a Al Holliday & the East Side Rhythm Band
1:15-2:30a Sean Canan’s Voodoo Players

FUNK FEST 13: Fri-Sat Sept. 28-29, 2018!!

Schlafly Beer and Dogtown Records are proud to announce and invite you to enjoy Funk Fest 13 – the 13th annual South Broadway Rhythm & Blues, Soul, and Funk Festival, a showcase event and collaboration between St. Louis’s hardest working musicians and the 3 historic daily live music clubs:  BB’s Jazz Blues and Soups, The Beale on Broadway and the Broadway Oyster Bar.

24 bands will perform 75-minute showcase-style sets each night from 7:30 p.m. until 2:30 a.m. One-day wristbands at $12 will allow access to all 3 music venues during the festival.
 
Grab some Advanced Tickets here:

 

 

The Schedule:
 
Friday, September 28
 
The Beale on Broadway
7:30-8:45pm Devil’s Elbow
9:15-10:30pm Kingdom Brothers
11:00-12:15a Jeramiah Johnson
12:45-2:30a Mz. Sha
 
BB’s Jazz Blues and Soups
7:45-9:00p Hip Grease
9:30-10:45p Hazard to Ya Booty
11:15-12:30a Naked Rock Fight feat Dawn Weber
1:00-2:15a The People’s Key
 
Broadway Oyster Bar
8:00-9:15 The Scandaleros
9:45-11:00 The Provels
11:30-12:45a Funkify Your Life: A Tribute to The Meters
1:15-2:30a Fu*k Monster
 
 
Saturday, September 29
 
The Beale on Broadway
7:30-8:45pm Miss Jubillee and the Humdingers
9:15-10:30 Roland Johnson
11:00-12:15 Big Mike and the Blu City All Stars
12:45-2:30 Marquise Knox
 
BB’s Jazz Blues and Soups
7:45-9:00p The Service
9:30-10:45pm Torrey Casey & the South Side Hustle
11:15-12:30 iLLPHONiCS
1:00a-2:15a Love Jones
 
Broadway Oyster Bar
8:00-9:15 The Grooveliner
9:45-11:00 Pig War feat Teddy Presberg
11:30-12:45a Al Holliday & the East Side Rhythm Band
1:15-2:30a Sean Canan’s Voodoo Players