Julia Runge is a new arrival to St. Louis from Texas where she studied English and Music at the University of Texas at Tyler. Julia is the Production Director for RAW Natural Born Artists as well as a musician and part time employee for Easter Seals Midwest. She has been in a dozen bands in both Texas and St. Louis and has studied art and music abroad. Her career now is putting together large-scale productions with up-and-coming local talent! When she's not planning a show or interviewing an artist, you could probably find her pounding out something new on her piano or sitting on her back porch drinking coffee. Her goal for this particular blog is to highlight the fantastic emerging artists coming out of St. Louis and also review various events in the city!
Hi there, I'm Jules. I am a music addict-traveling guru-English junkie-people person. I successfully juggle two part time jobs and a music gig on the off time. Whatever “successfully” means. I take long walks in Forest Park and Castlewood, partake in many local shows and festivals, and have a dandy time hanging about with the creative types found in this city.
I am not a native of St. Louis. Gasp. I know, writing for OnStl without that as an attribute seems about as blasphemous as it can get, but I absolutely love St. Louis so hopefully that will suffice.
Where I grew up, I was lucky to get a metal show on the weekends, much less an art show every month. That was unheard of. Tyler Texas was even a dry county until (ironically) the day of my 21st birthday two years ago. And we still can’t buy liquor there. The only culture it could boast was the annual Rose Festival which consisted of the “old money” aka Tylerites getting together and crowning their most established young lady, a la Jane Austen’s ideal woman, and growing a load of roses to dress up floats in a parade.
**This actually happens**