Last week’s featured concerts — Groovethang and Mirage

by Romondo Davis
We braved cool nights this past week to hear two of the St. Louis area’s best dance bands. Thursday evening it was Groovethang, a band we might have missed if they had not been playing in our own community, Creve Coeur; we had already seen them twice this summer.

The crowd on this damp, chilly Thursday night was sparse, but those who braved the cold were rewarded by Groovethang’s two long sets of back-to-back dance hits. The band’s performance was tight and clean overall, but I must say my favorites were their treatment of the Steely Dan songs they did. See our photos here.

Mirage — who we’ve seen at least three times over the previous two seasons — played their only free concert of 2014 Saturday evening. We had two good reasons to make the long drive to Lake St. Louis: we had never attended a free concert at Lake St. Louis’s Windjammer Point, and Mirage drummer, Darren George, personally invited us to come see the show.

Windjammer Point doesn’t feature a grass-covered seating area like most other venues, but the beautiful lake offers a great backdrop and the seating area/parking lot provided ample space for lawn chairs plus a handful of picnic tables. This show was the last in the Lake’s summer concert series and coincided with their 2014 Fall Festival, which probably contributed to the crowd being larger than it might have been due to the cool weather. The festive atmosphere and weather were most likely the reason so many people took the opportunity to dance to the great music of Mirage. See our photos here.

This Week on the Free Concert Scene

Note: Please check our calendar for the up-to-date listings.

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Monday, September 15
Fabulous MoTown Revue at Frontier Park in St. Charles

Tuesday, September 16
Fanfare at the Missouri History Museum
Bob Kuban Band at Tilles Park in Ladue

Wednesday, September 17
Strange Brew “Women of the Blues” on Main Street in St. Charles

Thursday, September 18
River Rats at Kirkwood Station Plaza

Friday, September 19
Taste of St. Louis at Chesterfield Amphitheater
Maddenfest at Brentwood Park
Lunar Levitation at Tremayne Shelter at Creve Coeur Lake

Saturday, September 20
Taste of St. Louis at Chesterfield Amphitheater
Dogtown Street Musicians Festival at Clayton and Tamm Avenue
Maddenfest in Brentwood Park
Old Webster Jazz and Blues Festival at Gore & Lockwood

Sunday, September 14
Taste of St. Louis at Chesterfield Amphitheater
St. Ann Days at St. Ann Park

Be sure to check our website for more events. We hope to see you at a free concert soon.