Beat-boxers, crooners, gospel and the outdoors: A weekend of music in St. Louis
In the world of music, "fusion" and "world" are overused, occasionally no more than a way to excuse a lack of description. The music group Balkan Beat Box, who will appear at the Old Rock House Sunday night, intentionally breathes an honest life into those words.
An Israeli-American band, they make music that is best described as world-funk-punk-dance rooted in Balkan musical traditions. In the fusion, new sounds emerge. The woodwinds and strings in the background of their single "Balkumbia" ring of the Meditarranean, but would be at home in American hip-hop. Dissecting the group's influences is nearly impossible, which is all for the better; in their "fusion," the members create something brand new and distinct.
Even the comments on their YouTube videos point to the genuinely international quality of their work. Hebrew, Spanish, Serbo-Croat and English exclamations pepper the page, speaking different words of the same thing. It is show to marvel in, an tangled web of inextricable influences that are all about one thing: Get dancing.
Also coming up, the Beacon Moveable Fest hosts its annual Sunday morning of gospel, the Shaw Neighborhood and Webster Groves each hold arts and music fairs, and singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur croons, loops and distorts at Off-Broadway.
Balkan Beat Box
Where: Old Rock House, 1200 S. 7th St., St. Louis
When: 8 p.m. Sunday, June 3
How much: $18 in advance, $20 at door
Gospel's Glorious Sounds
Where: New Sunnymount Missionary Baptist Church, 4700 West Florissant, St. Louis
When: 10 a.m. Sunday, June 3
How much: $25 suggested donation
Thurman Loop Fest
Where: Thurman Grill, 4069 Shenandoah Ave., St. Louis
When: 5 - 9 p.m. Friday, June 1 and 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday, June 2
How much: Free
Art & Air
Where: Eden Theological Seminary, 475 E. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves
When: 6-10 p.m. Friday, June 1; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, June 2; Noon-5 p.m. Sunday, June 3
How much: Free (donations accepted)
Where: Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis
When: 8:30 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show Friday, June 1
How much: $12 in advance, $15 at door