Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Next Event - Borders in Sunset Hills

Book signing by Kevin Belford,
November 7, 2009, 7 pm.

10990 Sunset Hills Plaza
Sunset Hills, MO 63127

Hope to see you there.

Friday, October 16, 2009

A rare St Louis appearance by Mr Bob Koester of Delmark records.
Vintage Vinyl, University City loop, Monday, October 19.

"DEVIL AT THE CONFLUENCE Pre-War Blues Music of St. Louis, Missouri" book signing and Q & A with Bob Koester (Delmark Records founder) and Kevin Belford (Devil At The Confluence author.)
Monday, October 19, at Vintage Vinyl, 6610 Delmar Blvd, University City. 7:30 pm - 9 pm, (314) 721-4096. Free.

Delmark Records is an American Jazz and Blues record label. Based in Chicago since 1958 it originated in St Louis, Missouri in 1953 when owner Bob Koester released a recording by the Windy City Six, a traditional jazz group in 1953, under the 'Delmar' imprint.

Moving to St Louis, Missouri to attend college Koester began his career as a record trader out of his dormitory room. Joining the local Jazz Club gave Koester his first taste of live jazz - seeing Bob Graf and Clark Terry perform. Koester would open his first record shop, the Blue Note Record Shop at the corner of Delmar and Oliver streets in St Louis. Taking the name from the street his shop was on Koester (then only 21 years old) recorded a local jazz group the Windy City Six in 1953. Shortly thereafter Koester searched out and found local talent in bluesmen such as Speckled Red, Big Joe Williams and J.D. Short.

After a period in St Louis Koester decided to move to Chicago in 1958. Delmark is the nation's oldest independent record label and Koester has received nearly all music-related awards one could hope for. He is one of a handful of nonperformers to have been inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. 


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Get your copy of Devil At The Confluence from the author at the 
Blues City Deli's 5 Year Anniversary Streetfest,
Sat. Oct 17, 2009.

Rum Drum Ramblers/Pokey LaFarge,
Miss Jubilee and The Humdingers,
Elliot Sowell/Chris Ruest w/Sal Ruelas and Joe Meyer,
The Funky Butt Brass Band,
Big Mike Aguirre and Rockin Jake w/Sal Ruelas and Joe Meyer,
Los Carnales featuring Felix Reyes and Dave Herrero,

at the Blues City Deli this saturday.
2438 McNair, St. Louis, Mo. 63104

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Devil At The Confluence book signing at 
Left Bank Books (Central West End),
Tuesday, Oct 13, 
7:00 pm.
399 N. Euclid Ave.


Author Kevin Belford and live music by Brown Bottle Fever.


Monday, October 5, 2009

Devil At The Confluence book signing at the Argonne Gallery 
from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., during the Downtown Kirkwood Fall 
Festival of Local Flavor, Saturday, October 10, 2009.

The Argonne Gallery (across the street from the 
Kirkwood train station entrance.)
101A W. Argonne in Kirkwood.
Hope to see you there.