Tuesday, June 1, 2010

2010 RFT Music Showcase- My Completely Biased Choices

The 2010 RFT Music Showcase hits Washington Ave this Saturday.  UG Project plays at 3 followed by Brothers Lazaroff at 4 PM at 11th and Washington.
Vote by clicking here.

Many great artists are nominated so feel free to look around....Below are the blurbs on my favorites.  They are from this original RFT post .

You may notice a theme...but honestly after years in this game I know many deserving folks that aren't ever recognized which is unfortunate.

But it is always nice to have your work acknowledged and its cool that the RFT continues to pull this together year after year.

Blurbs are below. Because of our shows at River City and Lola that weekend (and CocoSoul's Chaka tribute at the Black Rep Sunday night) the Soul Alliance won't be part of the showcase.

Best Funk/Soul/R&B (Group)
The Soul Alliance featuring CoCoSoul

Led by musical director Mo Egeston and featuring devastating vocalist CocoSoul, the Soul Alliance is not a musty oldies band. Together the act demolishes the boundaries between funk, R&B — and, yes, soul — with impressive instrumental skill. There may be louder rhythm sections in St. Louis, but the one-two punch of Jason "Dirty Lynt" Moore on drums and Sean "Hollabass" Holland on bass keeps the Soul Alliance as tight as any unit in town. (RK) 

Best Americana/Folk (Untraditional)Brothers Lazaroffwww.brotherslazaroff.com
To be clear, Jeff and David Lazaroff — the look-alike, but not twin siblings of Brothers Lazaroff — have moved beyond all things folk, even as their songwriting retains its connection to their heroes: Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. Backed up by the supremely tight rhythm section of Teddy Brookins and Grover Stewart and pushed into the funkosphere by jazz and electronic maestro Mo Egeston on keyboards, Brothers Lazaroff can jam your ass and stir your heart. (RK)

Best Funk/Soul/R&B (Group)
UG Projectwww.ugproject.com
Urban Groov Project (UG Project for short) is co-helmed by veteran sonic-alchemist and keyboardist Mo Egeston and composer and brassman DJ Nune. Along with percussionist Duane "Jingo" Williams, the UG Project plays a funk-based form of jazz fusion that will appeal to electronica heads, experimental hip-hoppers and anyone who wonders what electric Herbie Hancock mashed up with deep house sounds like. (RK)
3 p.m., 11th & Washington Outdoor Stage