Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Best Bets for the Week of Aug. 29-Sept. 4

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Best Bets for the Week of Aug. 29-Sept. 4

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Tonight

Jimmy Rogers Blues Band: As much as anyone else, Jimmy Rogers helped put electricity into the blues -- playing brilliant backup guitar in Muddy Waters' band after that great Delta bluesman moved north, plugged in and propelled the Chicago electric-blues sound into the national consciousness. A lot of people will tell you that the band that Muddy led in the late '40s and early '50s, including at various times such players as Rogers, Little Walter, Otis Spann, James Cotton and Pinetop Perkins, was the greatest blues band ever. At 72, Rogers is one of the last major figures from that era still performing, and he'll bring his band to BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, for a 9 p.m. concert presented by the St. Louis Blues Society. Now playing in the Rogers band is St. Louisan Dave Krull. More info: 436-2227.

Goldenrod Ragtime Festival: Back for its 29th year, the Ragtime Festival opens at 6 p.m. aboard the Gol denrod Showboat on the St. Charles riverfront, featuring three stages of simultaneous music and a lineup headlined by the renow ned Salty Dogs jazz band and such ragtime ensembles as the Elite Syncopators, Tiger Rag Forever and the St. Louis Ragtimers. Sessions continue Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For more information call 946-2020.

Steel Guitar Conven tion: In years past we seemed to have missed this event, what with so much going on Labor Day weekend. This year, we searched out the source and got the lowdown from DeWitt Scott Jr., a member of the famous Scotty's Music family and organizer of this year's annual happening at the Regal Riverfront Hotel. Scott expects betwen 3,200 and 4,000 steel guitar enthusiasts from throughout the world to gather for four days of jamming, exhibits and schmoozing. One highlight includes Friday night's Super Jam featuring steel guitar virtuosos Jeff New man, Paul Frank lin and Tommy White. Admission ranges from $5 for the Super Jam to $60 for an all-weekend pass. For more info, call 427-7794.

Friday

B.B. King/Neville Brothers: Throw in Delbert McClinton and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and you've really got an all-star lineup on your hands. …

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