I spent some time trying to figure out how to make this post on-topic and fit in with the blog. Then, I realized I was seriously over thinking it. There aren't many things more nostalgic than a radio station that plays good music by d.j.'s that are in the studio and picking the songs themselves. KDHX is one of the few radio stations that still do this and last night they had their annual party at the City Museum to thank all the listeners who donate money to run the station.
If you don't know already, the City Museum is a must visit if you are ever in St. Louis. This 600,000 square foot building has to be one of the coolest playgrounds on earth. I'm not sure how else to describe it. There are caves, trees, slides, rope swings, cat walks, even airplanes and buses. Everything is made out of local reclaimed building materials and found objects. The stuff in this fun house is as much a jungle gym as it is art. There is always fun stuff being added so if you haven't been in a while, you are almost sure to find new places to hide and different stuff to climb.
The City Museum is the perfect venue for KDHX to hold Midwest Mayhem. There is plenty of room for the twenty bands, burlesque show, poetry readings, and other performers to entertain the huge crowd. My girlfriend and I didn't have much time to climb around because we were busy watching the bands and burlesque show. The neatest part of the night, for me, was at the end of Al Holliday and the East Side Rhythm Band's set when the Funky Butt Brass Band jumped on stage to help Al and the guys close out the evening's music. As soon as the last song was over, the Funky Butt boys jumped off stage and started a parade going down the stairs and out the building while playing music. Those of us who were too far back in the crowd to hear the music didn't have to worry, KDHX dj, Chris Ward started chants that got the huge group to sing "When The Saints Go Marching In" followed by Biz Markie's "Just A Friend".
This giant celebration is always a really fun time and a great representation of why St. Louis should never be called "fly-over country". I can't wait till next year! Don't just take my word for it, listen to KDHX and visit the City Museum. You won't be sorry.