Thursday, 13 November 2014 23:13

Life of an Indie Artist in St. Louis

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Part 1: The Week in the Life of an Indie Artist


Hello readers! How are you? I hope that you are well and staying warm in this cold. I’m back and ready to share my latest adventures in the “Life of an Indie Artist in St. Louis.”

So, I have had a very interesting yet busy month. I’ve been checking out different artists, different venues, and different foods. I’ve also been planning my life and working on my music. Let’s discuss the STL nightlife first. I use to be one of those people who said there isn’t anything to do in St. Louis. I would only go to clubs. After awhile, clubs become very boring. You begin to see the same people and after awhile, you turn into a zombie. We use to leave work and go straight to the club and then leave the club at sunrise. Yes, we partied hard! After awhile, it’s just not fun anymore. As you guys know, I volunteer with KDHX and I work for the RFT Street Team. I go to a lot of festivals and events. I’ve also started to go out to different venues to show support to artists who I believe can make it or who are making it. During this time I have discovered so much to do in St. Louis. There is literally always something going on in St. Louis. I am going to take you through my week in a three part blog. I’ve been a very busy girl!

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 This last week I attended so many events that I will have to write about them in sections. The first event that I attended was at II Restaurant in West Florissant. I was invited to come out and sing karaoke by Lamar Porter – on Facebook. I was invited as one of the featured singers. While we were driving to the club we didn’t even realize we were driving through Ferguson. My fiancé pointed out the now legendary Quicktrip. It was an eye opener, for sure. We made it to the venue safe and sound. It was located at the end of a shopping center. We entered the venue, which was very nice. The venue was very spacious, had plenty of seats, and had a laid back type of feel. I like that all of the seating faced the stage. I had a really great time. I sang karaoke and an original. I was even accompanied by a saxophone player while singing Erykah Badu’s “Tyrone”. They played musical bingo. I know you are wondering, “What is musical bingo?”. The concept of the game was the DJ played a song and we were given a list of songs to check off bingo style. I won once! There were only two rounds. I won a pass to get some grub from the kitchen! I ordered some buffalo wings and fries. They were delish. The sauce on the wings was perfect. The chicken was cooked well. And the steak fries were right on time! I know you are thinking big deal, it’s just chicken and fries. Well, let me tell you—everyone does not know how to cook great chicken and fries. I’ve tasted some disasters. Another aspect that I appreciated about this event was that anyone of any age could come and have a great time. My friends and I are in our late twenties and we had a ball. There were a lot of people in their 40’s and 50’s and they were having fun as well. Some of the men dressed just like my daddy. They wore hats with the feather and leather sweater suits. Maybe that is a St. Louis thing. This event took me on a trip down memory lane. A lot of the people that came out reminded me of my relatives and the feelings that I had as a child when we would come together and have real fun. A lot of the men that were at this event reminded me of the men I knew growing up that would protect the community and that were respected by the community. The bartender was nice. She laughed with us as well as took care of our needs. I have nothing bad to say about this place. I really enjoyed myself. They had the biggest book of karaoke songs that I have ever seen. So if you love karaoke and you wouldn’t mind playing some soulful bingo check this place out!

The next event that I attended was “Brew Fest” at Ballpark Village. I worked that event for my job. My co-worker and I signed up to take pics of people and to sign them up for our newsletter. Also, we gave out cool red RFT sunglasses. Ballpark Village teamed up with Anheuser-Busch and presented the first annual Brew Fest by Budweiser. There were food trucks, live music, live brewing, brew sampling, brew contests, and Clydesdale photo ops! It was a nice day. Not to cold and not too hot. I entered the building through the Midwest Live entrance and walked through the dining area to the back and outside to the area facing the stadium. That was my first time looking into the stadium. I hope to attend some games next year. My co-worker and I mingled, took photos, and enjoyed a few of the food samples. I sampled a chicken taco and baguette with some type of cheese sauce on it. For the life of me, I cannot remember the name of the company that I received my food samples from. I do remember one of the crew members saying that the restaurant was inside of Ballpark Village. Next event, I will be sure to write down the company name. But back to the food… the food was deelish. The chicken taco had chicken of course, corn, rice and some type of sauce. There may have been something extra on the taco but those are the ingredients that I tasted and recalled. The taco was very tasty and it wasn’t messy. It was perfect for the fest. You could walk and eat it and not worry about messing up your clothes. The baguette with cheese sauce was so tasty. It reminded me of the Bread Company’s Broccoli and Cheddar Soup with a baguette. I love the Bread Company’s Broccoli and Cheddar Soup. I love to take my baguette and soak it in the soap and then eat the bread. It tastes so good. After a few hours of pics and signing people up and after we ran out of shades, it was time to go. I had a great time and ate some great food. I wouldn’t mind checking out Ballpark Village off the clock. The food sparked my interest!

Welp, those were two of my adventures. I have several more to discuss. So stayed tuned for Part 2 and 3 of my blog! Comment/Like/ Share!