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Midwest Rhythm & Blues Revue: Show Preview and Interview

Where: The Blue Note

When: Saturday, March 11. Doors 7:30 | Show 8:30

Tickets: $7

Featured local artists: Jenny Teator , Aina Cook, Ben Hinkebein, Danielle Nicole Band (formerly of Trampled Under Foot), and the The Flood Brothers.

The nine-piece soul, rhythm and blues band known as Al Holliday & the East Side Rhythm Band will be bringing funk and soul from their home of the blues by the Mississippi River to The Blue Note’s stage. They’ll be joined by some of the hottest young singers from Mid-Missouri, St. Louis and Kansas City in a revue-style performance.

What is a revue? You may ask. Simply put, it’s a performance consisting of several musical acts that lead up to a headliner, like Al Holliday & the East Side Rhythm Band.

Al Holliday came to Pat Kay, our regional talent buyer at The Blue Note and Rose Music Hall, with this revue concert in mind. In case it wasn’t obvious, we focus on amazing live music, and this concept concert definitely fell into that category. Holliday has never performed in a revue-style concert with his band but he is “So looking forward to working with my fellow artists, my good friends and the band to bring some really special arrangements of their original music.”

“We want it to be unique. From downbeat to encore, we want it to be something special, something that only happens once a year,” Kay says.

Holliday is quite the singer and quite the character. His enthusiasm for his craft makes “soul” a very fitting name for the type of music he creates, which he describes as “Mississippi River soul music.”

Holliday says that in St. Louis, “We all really dig New Orleans R&B and think of them as some kind of sister city.” The New Orleans feel worked its way into their music with a loose, funky feel.

Holliday lives, eats and breathes this Motown, funky, soulful generation of music. He says one of his main inspirations is Tina Turner, but he’s “Not talking about that “What’s Love Got To Do with It” Tina.” Other inspirations include The Band, Bob Dylan, Leon Russell, Gil Scot-Heron, D’angelo and Allen Toussaint.

Shows like this help connect the last resurgence of this kind of music to the modern version that is played today. This playlist illustrates this concept of connecting then and now.

Holliday is an eccentric personality with a lot of faith in music and even more faith in the people that listen to it. He says his fans are the type of people that keep it real and “go hard ‘af.’”

Although Al Holliday and his “nine-piece soul R&B warrior tribe,” as he refers to them, play all the time, you won’t see them any other time in this format. The same goes for the rest of the talented singers that will be joining him on the stage.

In preparation for the show, Holliday had the East Side Rhythm Band learn the charts for all of the different singers that will be performing. Doing this requires a lot of work on their part, but it allows the show to have a backing band and switch between band leaders on a dime.

In addition to bringing inspiration and passion to their music, Al Holliday & the East Side Rhythm Band send a message. Holliday describes this message as, “Love, baby. Soul f*cking power. Strength. Community. The feeling that life will sometimes kick you in the head but it can’t overpower these things.” I know we all could use a little more love and soul power in our lives these days.

“If you like real music in your community, if you like funky music, if you are alive in the world today, this is a show you do not want to miss,” Holliday says. We couldn’t agree more.

So get your funky, soul-loving, groovin’ booty down to The Note for one of the most creative events this year.

This post was written by Erin Curry, contributing writer for The Blue Note and Rose Blog. 


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T/F Film Fest comes to the Note

It’s the most wonderful time of the year because True/False Film Festival is here! The Blue Note and Rose Music Hall are lucky enough to be part of the magic and we’re beyond excited for what T/F has to bring this year.

Every year, downtown Columbia is graced with T/F’s unique and eye-catching art installations, happy volunteers, powerful musical performances, and of course, the brilliant, eye-opening, perspective-altering documentaries the festival is known for.

The whole experience can be a little overwhelming and we don’t want you to experience any FOMO so we outlined three events that will be happening at The Blue Note and Rose that you absolutely do not want to miss.


T/F Screening: Long Strange Trip at The Blue Note

Date: Thursday, March 2

Time: Doors at 6:30 p.m.| Film at 7:15

Tickets: Click here.

Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead is an inside look at the never-before-seen side of the legendary and iconic band, The Grateful Dead. This film will take you on an emotional journey that spans from the band’s acid-test experiments, to a rare look at Jerry Garcia’s past and his transformation by psychedelics. This doc includes the “unearthing of rare film footage, audio recordings, photos and live tracks,” and is described as making a “mind-expanding case for the band as a utopian, cosmic phenomenon.” Director Amir Bar-Lev spent 15 years creating this legendary film that is said “to make even non believers grateful.” The run time is 240 minutes long including a 20 minute intermission. If you think that sounds like a long time, you’re clearly not very familiar with The Grateful Dead. In a recent article, Rolling Stone magazine said “Anyone who walked in thinking there was no more left to be said exited the theater after midnight thinking that four hours was way too short.” Oh and did we mention there will be a full bar? So the longer the film, the longer the party! (That’s how we see it at least.) So all Deadheads and non-believers alike, come to Note and unite for an experience and a night you won’t forget.


T/F Friday Night After Party: MNDR DJ set at The Blue Note.

Date: Friday, March 3

Time: 11 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Tickets: $6 GA | Free for Super/Silver, Busker Band, $3 Lux & Juggernaut passholders.

If there is one thing to know about the True False Film Fest, it’s that the fun never ends. There comes a point in the day when the film screenings will end but that means it’s time for the party to begin. MNDR will light up the stage of The Blue Note with her electro-pop sound and bass-dropping beats after the last film of the night at the Note. Good music is a staple of the festival so that means we wouldn’t provide you with anything but the best musical experience. MNDR is a master of getting in touch with the energy of the room and getting people to dance and connect with the music. If you’re not already on a mind and body high from all of the amazing films you have seen, this performance will definitely get you there!


T/F Music: Saturday Night After Party at Rose Music Hall

Date: Saturday, March 4

Time: Doors 8:30 p.m. | Show 9:30 p.m.

Tickets: $5 GA | Free for Super/Silver, Lux, Busker Band, Juggernaut passholders.

If you can’t tell by now, the two things that we love as much as T/F are good music and a good party. Rose Music Hall is the perfect venue for an even more intimate musical experience. Wind down your Saturday night of film watching and festival exploring with an amazing indie-folk-country lineup featuring The Big Sky, Max and the Martians, Very Be Careful and Jack Grelle. Spend this time meeting new people, discussing your experience at the fest and connecting with friends — all while listening to some amazing tunes. Check out this catchy, folky awesomeness by Jack Grelle!

 


P.S. Want cool merch so you’ll have something to remind you of this amazing experience? We’ve got you covered!

You can buy T/F AND Blue Note merch at Muse Clothing this weekend in order to fulfill all your purchasing and souvenir-desiring needs.

So come one, come all! This is a special experience unique to CoMo that film fanatics and directors seek out for the relaxed atmosphere it offers in the world of film festivals. There’s no place like home when it comes to T/F and we can’t wait to be a part of it!


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2016 in one infographic

There are 365 days in a year and between The Blue Note and Rose Music Hall, we had 552 total events this year! Thanks for loving live music as much as we do, CoMo. It’s been a great year!

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