Dessa, A. Wolf and Her Claws, Farout and Dj Mahf
Words/Photo’s by BeezNutzSTL
Each year thousands of artist converge on Austin, Tx for the annual South By Southwest Music Festival. Many of them book shows throughout the midwest en route to the Music Fest each year. This year Dessa announced a show at The Firebird in St. Louis, and I made sure I had that night off. The day started off rainy, and very gloomy, a normal wet and cold St. Louis afternoon. My day got better as the night went on, by 9 p.m I was parked outside The Firebird. I got inside in time to check out Farout and DJ Mahf, whom are two of my favorite local acts. There was a rather nice sized crowd on a Monday night. I found a good spot and rocked out upfront with Farout. I have been privileged to have see him and the rest of the Indy Ground Crew on numerous occasions. They always come to rock and put on great shows,
Farout has a new project ” Brett Gretzsky ” with another artist, ” J. Bomb ” which drops next week. You should download it at the link provided below. (It’s Free). They rocked the stage for 30 minutes, DJ Mahf was extra funky backing up Farout with scratches and cuts. Each time I see the
m they impress me. Farout is constantly improving, I am very excited to hear this Brett Gretzsky album when it drops, make sure you check it out.
Next to the stage was Aby Wolf, also know as A.Wolf And Her Claws, I was very excited to see her. After a very brief soundcheck, she launched into what would turn out to be a shining, impressive set from the Minneapolis, Minnesota native. She had a very unique, powerful voice, and blended it beautifully with the music. She played tracks from her two releases that can be find at the links below.The crowd grew as her set progressed, by the time she finished her 30 minute set, the crowd had doubled in size and sent her off stage with a loud applause.
Dessa took the stage dressed in a super dope red leather jacket, and rocking a fierce hip hop attitude that can not be put into words. She started the night off with ” Alibi ” from the 2010 release ” A Badly Broken Code ” and had everyone packing closer and closer in to the stage. Dessa hails from Minneapolis, MN and has the kind of stage prescence that only comes after countless performances. Between songs she would often talk to the crowd, and made sure to reconize the dedication of one loyal fan who came to the show on crutches.
The four piece band backing her really made the show special, live music is always better. It was a Monday night, and Dessa promised the crowd a $14 dollar show for the low price of their $12 dollar admissions. By playing a great mix of old and new songs Dessa kept the set fresh, and it was great to see her talent focused in the spotlight. The song ” Into The Spin ” from the 2011 release ” Castor, The Twin ” was another highlight of the night for me. She shows such beauty, depth, range and just inspiring creativity when she performs, it is something to see live.
For the majority of the show I occupied the front row, and enjoyed every second of that spot. However, about midway through the show, some guy pushed his way up front and stood right in front of this girl whom had been standing there the whole time. Being nice, I gave the girl my spot and watched the rest of the show from a few feet back. It made me feel good, and she got to continue to watch the rest of the show from a good spot. The show was just as great from the back of the crowd as it was from right up front. Dessa and her band put forth amazing effort to make sure everyone indeed, did get there 12 dollars worth, and that we did.
Aby Wolf helped out on back up vocals, and sounded just perfect alongside Dessa. Between songs, Dessa remarked the two had been singing together for a very long time, and it showed on stage they had awesome stage chemistry. I was very surprised when Dessa covered ” Going Down ” by Bruce Springsteen, the cover was nothing short of amazing. She ended the night on a high note closing the set with ” Chaconne ” with her and Aby performing from the crowd. The crowd loved it and it ended the show on a very high note. She told the crowd she would be racing us all to the bar after the song ended, such a great all around performance, Dessa and her band were incredible. Go see this show, or else you will be missing out.
I stuck around afterwords and chatted a bit for a bit, and rumor has it DoomTree just might be in your town this summer. So be sure to keep up with them online, you don’t want to miss that. Dessa took time for each fan and was super friendly signing T-shirts, Cds and Vinyl with stopping to pose for photo’s. For those of you that didn’t get your Dessa fix on Monday, this upcoming Friday (3/21) she will be in Columbia, MO so fuel up that car. Its road tripping time. Thanks to everyone who made this night so great, go support these great artist by clicking on some of the links below.
Dessa’s Upcoming Shows
New Orleans, LA
Thanks for reading, until next time…..
Thank You to : Mary T, Dessa, The Firebird and their awesome staff, Aby Wolf, Farout, DJ Mahf (that Steddy P, is jamming in my stereo), Adam, Jessica, and everyone else that made this night special, thank you. Oh yeah, thanks to the girl on crutches, you rock!!!!
A. WOLF and Her Claws
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