January 9, 2017

IT’S A BRAND NEW YEAR.

We were able to close out 2016 on a high note — and a Blue note. We marched the St. Louis Blues alumni team onto the ice to the strains of “Saint Louis Blues” for the NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game on December 31st, then blew the roof off the Broadway Oyster Bar with a fun New Year’s Eve show. The NYE performance featured special guests Al Holliday, Phil Wright and Derick Tramel, with our original sax player Ben Reece playing electric bass (our sousaphonist Cody Henry was out of town). It was a solid way to wind up a crazy year, one that saw many of our musical heroes shuffle off the mortal coil and one that featured an election that could put many of the freedoms we often take for granted at risk. Here’s what we DO know: It’s a brand new year, and that means a clean slate. We need to focus on the important stuff, care for those who need caring and fight against oppression, abuse, misogyny and unfairness whenever and wherever we see it happening. “Fight the power,” said the Isley Brothers, and that’s as good a mantra as any as we begin 2017. Happy New Year to all our friends. Hope it’s your best one yet.

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