Local Scenery | 06.06

Thanks to everyone who participated in the first annual KDHX/PLAYBACK:stl St. Louis Music Awards, presented by Boulevard Brewing Co. Trophies were presented May 2 at Mississippi Nights, along with live performances by Praiz’, Tom Hall, Dave Black Trio, Miles of Wire, Tiffany Foxx, and Bennie Smith. For a full list of winners, go to www.kdhx.org/awards
The long wait is over, as Wydown has finally produced a full-length CD. Noise of America (produced by Chris Hughes and mastered by Jack Petracek) is now available at shows or online at www.wydown.com.
Kevin Bowers and The Reels released My Love Is Yours, a new EP produced by Jeremy Lemos (Wilco, Loose Fur, Jim O’Rourke) last month. Guests include members of Ludo, The Feed, and Thos.
DozeMaryPool’s new CD will be mixed in L.A by Razor (Killing Joke, U2). www.myspace.com/dozemarypool or www.dozemarypool.com
Ken Williams (101.1 The River Homegrown Show) is planning a weekend camping trip/jam session for area bands during the weekend of July 21–23; look for PLAYBACK:stl staffers with beers in hand and stupid grins on faces.
Hooch & Daddy-O will be screening at the Night Gallery Film Festival this fall. Screening cities include Anchorage, Alaska, and Auckland, New Zealand, among others. For more information, visit www.nightgalleryfilmfestival.com.  www.myspace.com/hoochanddaddyo
The St. Louis–based act3 (www.act3studio.com) initiated a podcast series featuring guitar players sharing their passion. Episodes include “My First Guitar,” featuring The Bottle Rockets, of Festus, Mo. Other shows in the series include “Gearbox,” about artists’ favorite guitar gear, “Three Chords and the Truth,” about the soul of the guitar, and “Keep Your Day Job,” which profiles “regular people” who also play guitar. The series home page (http://guitarstories.com/) features additional audio from the interview sessions with the artists, as well as photos and downloads.
Bitch Slap Barbie’s drummer Longhead has left the band and been replaced by Tony Martin. www.myspace.com/bitchslapbarbie
The Board of Commissioners of the Saint Louis Art Museum adopted an architectural master plan for the Museum’s projected expansion in Forest Park.
Dave Simon’s Rock School Summer Camps are in motion. The school focuses on teaching rock ’n’ roll music to kids aged 8–18. Songwriting, music theory, private lessons, and group training are a part of daily lessons. Each camp ends with a live performance, with more experienced players featured as soloists. For additional information, contact Simon at 314-692-7625 or dsrockschool@yahoo.com, or visit www.dsrockschool.com.
You may have missed the CD release of Josh Kohn (Languid, Brandy Johnson) at Joe’s Café last month. The new disc features premier musicians like Steve Bunck, Mike Gregory, and Mike Flynn. joshkohnmusic.com
The Sounds of Summer concert series in Brentwood Park takes place on the first Friday of each month through September. Visit www.brentwoodmo.org for band listings and other info.
COCA Summer Arts Camps begin June 5 and continue through Aug. 18. With half- and full-day camps, programs for teens, and professional artists, there are plenty of opportunities to have fun and learn. www.cocastl.org.
On June 23 and 24, Shaw Park will host the sixth annual U.S. Bank St. Louis Jazz and Heritage Festival, sponsored in part by this very magazine; visit www.saintlouisjazzfest.com for details.

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