Magic City performs “Good Times Ride.” Band members are Larry Bulawsky, J.J. Hamon, Adam Hesed, Sam Meyer and Anne Tkach.
Singer Davy Jones of the Monkees died today; he was 66. “I’m a Believer” was one of the group’s many hits.
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Navy blue(grass) • Guitarist Joe Friedman, on the left, was a successful musician, playing with orchestras for Broadway musicals, recording a solo jazz album and, for five years, touring with cabaret singer Eartha Kitt. But after Kitt died in 2008, Friedman needed a job. He auditioned and was hired on the spot as a guitarist for Country Current, a country and bluegrass band. The new job also meant he had to complete Navy boot camp.
Country Current will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Amphitheater in New Town St. Charles. The trip marks the first time Friedman has returned to the St. Louis area since he joined County Current and the Navy.
Band camp • This video — a rehearsal of the nine-piece group Sidewinder performing Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” — has more than 330,000 views in four days and has put the group in the spotlight. It’s a unique group: Sidewinder is also known as the 571st Air Force Band, 131st Bomb Wing, Air National Guard. The guard unit is stationed at Lambert Airport; most of the members are from the St. Louis/central Missouri area. The group now is on a two-month tour of Middle East war zones.
Carson Daly tweeted on Thursday that lead singer U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Angie Johnson, a St. Ann native who recently moved to Nashville, will have an audition to be on NBC’s “The Voice.” Producers for “Good Morning America” also are trying to line up an interview.
Did you hear? • Introducing Listen — a new music video project. The first video, above, features Troubadour Dali; about every other week (videographer Johnny Andrews is still working out the production schedule), we’ll release a new video starring the musical talent of St. Louis. Each performance will be filmed live, in one take.
Pearl Jammin’ • “Pearl Jam 20” will be shown at the Tivoli Theatre for one night: 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sept. 20. The documentary, directed by Cameron Crowe, looks at the pioneering grunge rock band; Pearl Jam’s debut album “Ten” was released Aug. 27, 1991.
U2? Why yes • On Friday, workers at Busch Stadium completed work on the Claw — a 90-foot structure at the heart of the set for Sunday’s U2 concert. The concert is expected to draw a record crowd of 52,000 people on one of the hottest weekends of the summer: An extreme heat warning is in effect until 7 p.m. June 22.
Fever pitch • The U.S. women’s national team played Japan on Sunday in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Final. A win would have provided a storybook ending for a team that took a thrill-ride approach to the championship. But regardless of the outcome, a U.S. team made up of new faces already has earned a loyal fan base of young St. Louis soccer players and given girls a new generation of stars to whom they can look for inspiration. (USA lost to Japan in penalty kicks.)
Sizzling show • Sunday’s sweltering heat made some diehard U2 fans question — at least briefly — their loyalty to the Irish rock band. The dilemma: Melting under a blazing sun all day to snag a highly coveted spot up close to the stage or coming later and viewing the concert from farther away. All told, more than 50,000 fans packed Busch Stadium to see U2. See photos from the concert.
The hoopla surrounding the Beatles was similar to what Bieber has been experiencing, but it’s even moreso with Bieber because of social media. John Lennon and Paul McCartney couldn’t send out a text or go to Twitter to talk to fans. Bieber can, and fans feel like they know him personally. He has more power if you compare the two eras. His popularity is bigger because of his reach.– Filmmaker Thomas Gibson • Yep, it’s a Beatles vs. Bieber debate. Gibson votes Bieber; his documentary “Biebermania!” (exclamation point required) is out now.
Beatle Bob, the man best known for showing up at concerts and dancing at the foot of the stage, has released his own app. The 58-year-old superfan has been to concerts for more than 5,000 consecutive days — a streak that he says started Christmas Eve 1996. His just-released $1.99 app, available for the iPhone, iPod and iPad, includes his top music picks, and favorite musicians and events for every state.