Country megastar Dierks Bentley released his latest album, Black, during his stop in St. Louis and the singer and 150 fans packed into Vintage Vinyl for an acoustic mid-day performance and meet and greet.
Members of The Arcs set aside some time before their show at The Pageant to do some record shopping down the street at Vintage Vinyl and a crowd of fans joined along in browsing the stacks.
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.
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.
Currently making his way around the country with pals Titus Andronicus, Craig Finn dropped by Vintage Vinyl the afternoon before his show at Off Broadway to play a short set for the store crowd. Featuring a few songs from his solo release, Faith in the Future, and intermingled with his trademark storytelling, Finn’s acoustic set made for a nice interlude to break up our busy work week.
On a Friday evening earlier in December, Ross Christopher played a solo set at Vintage Vinyl and quietly showcased his multi-instrumental songwriting that has landed him on shows a wide range of artists including Guster, Kishi Bashi, Jars of Clay and Kopecky. With two smaller releases this year (Ozark EP, Paint It Black), be sure to check out this local STL musician that may have slipped under your radar.