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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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HalloWEEKEND at the Note

Halloween in CoMo has never been just a one-day festivity. Students, families and professionals alike take the whole weekend as a chance to let loose, dress up in more than just one costume and PARTY. Well, us here at The Blue Note understand your desire to get freaky this weekend so we have a couple things planned to help you out. If you’re not already partying and getting ready to make your way to the Note, then you’re doing it wrong. Here are four reasons why you should spend your HalloWEEKEND at The Blue Note:

1. Night of the Living Dead.

This is the perfect way to start your Halloween weekend off right.

The first performer will be The Stone Sugar Shakedown. If you’re looking for some Halloween funk and folk to jam to with some good company then this is the perfect place for you to be. Better yet, they are known for killing it live.

The other performer will be Al Holliday and the East Side Rhythm Band. This band puts the perfect R&B twist on good funk music. Give it a listen before you come watch them 🙂

2. 80s vs. 90s Halloween Costume Ball

When: Saturday Oct. 29

I don’t know about you guys but during the weekend of Halloween, I look for any and all excuses to go out, get weird and get dressed up in ridiculous costumes. Well, LOOK NO FURTHER. This is the answer to all your desires. Choose your favorite decade and get crazy with your costume. I personally believe the 90s was the best decade ever. But I was born in the 90s, so I might be biased.

Regardless, its gonna be a party 🎉

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3. Lucero

When: Sunday, Oct. 30

Ok, I know how it looks. There’s a lot going on and you’ve already gone hard for two days in a row and its not even Halloween yet! Well, why not take it down a notch without missing a night of fun?

Lucero will take you down to your country roots and give you a chance to kick back with good friends and listen to good music.

Here’s a little taste:

I’m not going to turn down good country during one of the most fun weekends of the year. You’d be crazy to do that.

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4. Yep, you guessed it… TECH N9NE

Its a tradition people. Tech N9ne will be at The Blue Note on Halloween night, just like every year.

You’re whole weekend has been leading up to this night and we saved the best for last.

Halloween only comes once a year! Spend it wisely… (hint, hint) at The Blue Note.

Yes, this show will sell out. Yes, this will be the best night of your life.

Caribou Lou is truly a classic. It brings back so many good memories. I just had to put it in there to remind people how freaking awesome Tech N9ne is.

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