If you've been anywhere that’s anywhere there's live music in St. Louis, you've seen Beatle Bob near the stage dancing and seemingly enjoying the music more than one should be allowed. In fact, some say the show didn't happen if Beatle Bob wasn't there. And now Bob (Robert Matonis) is here on OnStL to share his local music knowledge with us.
Here's the latest list of St. Louis' top ravin' 45's pounders and wigout LP platters from a wipeout week as based on St. Louis' #1 Top 40 radio station KXOK 630 AM's "Sing-A-Long-Survey."
The frantic festival that's whipping young America into a footstomping frenzy! This 18th installment comes on like gangbusters with the rockingest of today's bands at their live n' wildest hot stompin' best! Rock n' roll, gut-bucket country, rockabilly, soul floor shakers, hairy squallers a-plenty! Sure to elevate your status in all sudsy circles! More vivid living proof that St. Louis is m-m-movin! Absolutely staggering array of sounds! All sizzle, no gristle!
Children have fun in the fantasy world. The multitude of colors, the bright colors, sometimes the cartoon or storybook characters, and, of course, the rides, all help to make the amusement park a thrilling experience for everyone - from the youngest child to the oldest adult.
But, what happens to "the magic" when an amusement park closes? I've always held a wonderment for closed parks. These special places where the fantasy, the magic, used to excite children, young and old, and are now just ruins or maybe a mall or office building.
Describing Wakarusa Festival to someone who has never been would be like… well, fill in your favorite cliché that describes something that is impossible to describe (sex to a virgin, rock ‘n’ roll to a stranger, etc). It’s like that. But I’ll try anyway.
Beatle Bob St. Louis Music And Memories
CLOSE YOUR EYES. TAKE A DEEP BREATH. OPEN YOUR HEART.
THE SUNBURST DELL: PART OF NORTH ST. LOUIS CITY'S COLORFUL HISTORY
“Words and photographs could never do those dancers justice because you had to be there - in a club with great music, like minded people and loads of atmosphere.” David Meikle of Glasgow, Scotland wrote those words in an article remembering the Twisted Wheel, the legendary northern soul club in Manchester, England. Yet, Mr. Meikle could just as easily have been describing the scene at my favorite "in" spot of the 1960s, the Sunburst Dell.
What began as a home based restaurant and bakery in 1945 evolved over the next two decades into the hottest teen nightspot in north St. Louis complete with indoor and outdoor dance floors.