Speakers in Code celebrated their sixth anniversary by setting up Off Broadway to be the kick-off location for Escondido‘s inaugural headlining tour (with fellow Nashville songwriter Jace Everett along for a few dates). I’ve always dug the band’s hazy and mysterious Western sound and the crew was kind enough to let me tag along and shoot some behind the scene prep for the evening celebration.
American Aquarium filled up Off Broadway midweek, with plenty folks from St.Louis and nearby cities trudging through the snow and cold to celebrate the release of Wolves with the Raleigh crew. Also joining to open the evening was Chicago Farmer and his humorous storyteller vibes.
Post-Labor Day, Amanda Shires started a fall tour at Off Broadway, promoting her latest album Down Fell the Doves. John Henry opened up the evening with an atypical solo set, with most of St. Louis natives used to seeing him fronting John Henry and the Engine. Check out select shots from the show after the jump.
The Open Highway Festival opened at Off Broadway with a stellar showing from the Wild Rovers Tour, featuring Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons, The Candles, surprise guest Norah Jones and multiple mix-and-match combinations from the members. The banner of our buddies at Speakers in Code hung from the balcony over the sold-out crowd. While the (eventually confirmed) rumor of Norah Jones’ appearance drew some attendees out, it was clear that Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons has an ever-growing base in STL, with the crowd roaring with applause when the lanky songwriter took the stage. Photos were at a premium that evening, so enjoy the few below.
Summertime concert attendance is in full effect, as evidenced earlier in the week by the line outside Off Broadway waiting to hear the addictive indie-pop of Lord Huron and the spaghetti-Western sounds of Escondido. It was a packed sell-out, so congrats to all involved (including our buddies at Speakers in Code who sponsored the show)!
The folk trio of Staveley-Taylor sisters, better known of The Staves, returned to the city (this time gracing Off Broadway) with their amazing vocals and harmonies. When they first came through opening for The Civil Wars they caught everyone’s attention. This time around, they drew a full crowd to the room, bringing along Musikanto and Dubb Nubb.