I’m in High Fidelity the Musical

and now I’m gonna blog about it.

“what street is that?” June 10, 2008

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In case you, like many others, were wondering where the lovely mural in this photo is…

It’s on Cherokee and California, right next to the taco stand. The tacos are frickin’ delicious, so you should go get one!

Also down the street is the firecracker press and apop records, and anarchist bakery and a pasta-making store. And a tortilla factory. And a grocery store. And a ballroom. AND MORE! wooo.

Be a tourist in your own town, people!

-Lori

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The Bluebird May 29, 2008

So there’s live music a’plenty in St. Louis, and I took advantage of it last night.

I went straight from work, so I have my friend Rebecca to thank for letting my borrow some concert wear – clothes which may or may not (depending on your worldview) have contributed to how silly and fun the night was! We went to see Tally Hall (amazzzzzzinnnng. When I was an english teacher for a few weeks a couple summers ago, I ran a sortof rap/songwriting workshop for the older creative writing kids…like 14-15 year olds…and I made’em listen to Tally Hall and they were like OMG THIS IS AWESOME. Needless to say, I was a cool teacher.) Heard’em described as “Astonishing musicality, but also fun and infectious.” Gotta agree.

We bopped around plenty during Tally Hall’s set, and since The Bluebird was so small (and perhaps b/c it was a Wednesday night concert) it was totally and completely feasible to talk to the band afterwards…gotta love that. They’re a bunch of pre-med dudes from the University of Michigan, and they’re v. charming and funny. How ’bout that?

Speaking of which, the keys player, Moose, from the band that played afterwards, De Novo Dahl (based in Nashville! feel the regional pride) was an adorable vision in powder blue. I feel like I should also mention that his dad played with Dolly Parton. Did I mention he was adorable?

denovodahl

Also exciting is that De Novo Dahl will be playing this June in DC, and my sister‘s going to see them! They’re like a music postcard traveling from me to my sister. How cool is that?

I particularly like these bands’ blend of kooky goofiness and excellent musicianship. I would reccomend them to anyone who likes to dance and be happy about things.

(also, I’d just like to note that one of the opening bands was like, 87% swedish, which means I got to use my swedish skills and tell them all that, “I want to live in a mushroom” — the only swedish phrase I know. Though don’t be mistaken – I may know precious little swedish, but I totally love the swedish folk…everyone I meet reinforces my belief that swedes are an awesomely kooky people. )

 

How I found out about the auditions April 16, 2008

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In a rather odd place (contextually, i guess, sorta) — on a local events, arts & culture blog and magazine called 52nd City. They list a lot of music events, so in case you’re trying to be method, find all the info you can handle there.

They’re good people!

 

St. Louis has good music

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So at the first rehearsal we had to say our favorite pop song – obviously mine was “Hit Me Baby One More Time.” I stand firmly behind that choice, but I also do really like music, especially talking about it, so I made y’all a list!

Top 5 things you should know that I know about St. Louis Music and such:

1) TINA! (and Ike) (and the Ikettes! ah, why not me?)

That R&B sound belongs to St. Louis people, so I make sure to represent by always doing my best Tina Turner Funky Chicken whenever possible in honor of those Gaslight Square glory days.

2) “we’ve got blues and soul and R&B” yessssss

OLD school 50s and 60s R&B from the East side and such. Called “Down on Broadway ad Main – A Decade Of Blues & R&B in St. Louis”. Features Willie King, Screamin’ Joe Neal, Little Aaron, Johnny (The Twist) Williams, Benny Sharp and of course (!) Little Miss Jessie. Someone for real download the vinyl to digital format. You should download it b/c it is amazing – even though it is *dance* music, I happen to think dance music is The Most Important Music Ever, so there.

3) Bill Streeter’s LoFi St. Louis and LoFi Sessions highlight some greeeaaat local stuff – check them out, hello!

4) Kopper’s Garage Punk podcasts – famous in like The Netherlands (no kidding)

  • it, too, has a corresponding community of followers at The Hideout – lots of love for garage punk in this town. Elsewhere, too.

5) Once Chuck Berry signed my arm with his name and a smiley face/self portrait (or maybe it was a picture of ME!)

chuck berry signed my arm

See? People in St. Louis Really Care About Music. I think its the proximity to the Mississippi River. We’re good people.

 

Finally – I can be a backup singer

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Hey fellow rock/musical enthusiasts, I’m Lori, I’m in High Fidelity, I play Sarah, and I’m pretty much really excited to:

1) be in a bona fide musical after a 3+ year hiatus…dang was it really that long since college..whoa.

2) get to sing backup on like, a lot of songs. I have always wanted to be a backup singer, and I will still want to be a back up singer when this whole “show” is said and done.

3) get to have Robin as my choreographer again! OMG that woman is a genius/changed my life for the better. My sister and I (we’ve both experienced The Robin Effect) talk about her whenever we’re together.

4) there are all these new people in the show and I don’t know them! whoa.

5) My character was played by Lili Taylor in the High Fidelity movie — I really loved her character in Say Anything (John Cusack connection, anyone?) singing “Joe Lies” and “That’ll Never Be Me,” so I’m feeling in really good brown-haired company.