Mid-performance, Drew Holcomb shared a story about playing to a near-empty Off Broadway during his first trip through St. Louis. Flash forward just a few years and the songwriter has continuing his slow rise, drawing out a sizable crowd to The Ready Room just a few days after announcing the latest lineup for his curated Moon River Music Festival. As an added plus, along for this particular evening were the soothing tunes of Jill Andrews.
Obviously the big event of the day at Vintage Vinyl was the Mumford & Sons in-store performance, but the party was going on all day at the store with a slew of performances outside. I took in several sets, experienced some great new bands and had a few Schlafly beers and came back some shots for those of you who might have missed it.
With some help from Vintage Vinyl and The Pageant, a select few fans of Josh Kelley lucked out and got the chance to take in a private performance by the singer-songwriter. Featuring some acoustic renditions of songs from his upcoming release New Lane Road, Josh interspersed the performance with color commentary on some of his favorite tracks and requests from the audience.
To celebrate their Record Store Day release of “There Will Be Time” (w/Baaba Maal), Mumford & Sons and 300 lucky fans filled out Vintage Vinyl for a rousing four-song performance. Back when it was announced, I was anticipating a scaled-back acoustic session, but I have to give huge thanks to Mumford’s crew and the store for blowing away those expectations and delivering what has to be one of the biggest events in this record store’s history.
The store also featured an entire day of live performances from various St. Louis acts and we’ll be back in another post to wrap up the rest of what I saw, but in the meantime, enjoy some photos from Mumford & Sons‘ set. Also definitely can’t give enough praise to Jim Utz who’s been the brainchild of these events over the last 25+ years at Vintage Vinyl, who’s moving on to greater things in the STL music world and sure picked one great way to drop the mic.
Last weekend, Yonder Mountain String Band fans had the chance to take in an early preview of their evening show in the Halo Bar thanks to The Pageant and Vintage Vinyl. Even neater than the bluegrass band’s performance was some of the unexpected memorabilia brought out by loyal fans during the meet & greet afterwards.