Winter Blues Sweet Cure 2013

There were plenty of home-made sweets to go along with the sweet sounds of Jerry Epperson and Pat Joyce as they warmed the crowd with classic jazz tunes on a cold winter Sunday. I stopped by for a set and a few sweets myself. Then I got a few pictures to share. I hope to see you all there next year. Enjoy.

Winter Blues Sweet Cure 2013


Great food and live music from Jerry Epperson and Pat Joyce to bring you in from the cold. Last year was a great event, so the Raintree Arts Council is putting it on for the 3rd year in a row.

It on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 20, 2013 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. When you come in town for coffee and a sweet, the Apple Shed is the place to be on Jan 20th.

Tickets are $20 at the door, which includes all coffee, homemade desserts and the sweet sounds of Jerry Epperson & Pat Joyce.

St. Louis native Barbara Carr coming to Club Mississippi


  • Saturday Jan. 12, 2013 9:00 PM

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St. Louis native Barbara Carr got her start singing like so many soul performers did – in church singing in the choir, before forming a family gospel group. She soon got into singing secular music, forming a popular local group called the Petites, which opened for artists such as Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. Barbara got her first big break when she auditioned and won the job as a singer in St. Louis legend Oliver Sain’s band, which she held until 1972.

During her time with Oliver Sain’s band, Barbara Carr also secured a solo deal with Chess Records and released several singles for the iconic label (“Don’t Knock Love,” “I Can’t Stop Now,” “Think About It Baby”). When those didn’t sell like she’d hoped, Barbara stopped recording for a time to raise a family. After a short return to Chess in the early ‘70s, Barbara and her husband eventually formed their own label and began releasing a number of singles, mostly recorded at the legendary Muscle Shoals Studios in Alabama. These resulted in the release of her first album, Good Woman Go Bad, in 1989, as well as several others in the ‘90s on several other labels, including Paula, and a very successful string of singles and albums that followed over the next 10 years on the Ecko label.

For more information on Barbara Carr, visit

Today’s Pike County Fair Schedule

Tuesday, July 24 Adult $10, Children $8

7:00 PM Music By The Blue Grass Martins:

The Bluegrass Martins

The Bluegrass Martins

Followed by Clay Hess:

Clay Hess

Clay Hess

The Whole Schedule:

8:00 am
Sheep and Goats in place and weigh-in – Livestock Barn

9:30 am
Goat Show – Showmanship, Breeding Stock, Wethers/Sheep Show – Sheep Showmanship, Breeding Stock Show, Market Lamb Show

1:00-11:00 pm
Food Stand Open

5:00-8:00 pm
Food Stand Serving Dinner Special – Roast Beef

5:00-10:30 pm
Commercial Exhibits Open
Download Commericial Exhibitor Information and Contract

5:30-10:00 pm
4-H Exhibits Building Open

5:30-10:00 pm
Petting Zoo & Pony Rides – Commercial Building

6:00 pm
Moto-Cross Dirt Bike Races – Motocross Track – View Details
(Sign-in 3 pm; practice 5 pm)

6:00-11:00 pm
Carnival Rides Open – Price of Admission includes unlimited rides

7:30 pm (NEW TIME)
Little Mr. & Miss Pike County Fair Contest – Small Stage – View Details/Registration Form

7:00-11:00 pm
Beer Garden Open

7:00 pm
Bluegrass Concert – Main Stage – View Details
Music by Bluegrass Martins followed by Clay Hess Band

8:00 pm
Rodeo & Wild Cow Milking – Horse Arena – View Details

Pike County Missouri Fair: July 24 – 28th

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The 2012 Pike County Fair is set to officially open on Tuesday, July 24 and will run through Saturday, July 28th. Events leading up to the opening, including an Archery Shoot, Gymkhana, Miss Pike County Fair Contest, Gospel Music, and 4-H and FFA Judging, will start on the preceding Sunday, July 22nd.

Tracy LawrenceThe McClymonts
Bill Whyte

Concert entertainment on Saturday evening opens with Bill Whyte for the 7 p.m. show followed by The McClymonts at 8 p.m. and Tracy Lawrence for the 9 p.m. show.

In addition to the musical entertainment on Saturday on the Main Stage, new this year will be Bluegrass Music on Tuesday night.

There will be plenty of fun for everyone throughout the week including the every popular Rodeo, being held two nights this year, a Truck Pull and Tractor Pull on the Main Track and the Demolition Derby, always a crowd-pleaser.

In addition to the rodeo, the Horse Arena will also feature a Western Speed Horse Show, and Team Sorting. The Moto Cross Track will be buzzing with the Dirt Bike and Quad Races. The popular Lawnmower Derby will also return this year.

An added feature this year, the “Show-Me” Missouri State Chili Cook-off, coordinated by the Raintree Arts Council, will be held on Saturday of Fair Week.

Go to the Schedule of Events to see the full lineup of activities along with details of each event.

Jeff Jam 2012

The Jeff Allwood memorial benefit jam happened on Sunday June 3rd at Clopton High School. I went out and tried to keep up. I was easily the worst player there, but everyone was welcoming and patient, and I had some fun.

Just about everyone there got up to sing or jam, and some of those guys can really play. It’s pretty cool to see a whole family take a turn and tear it up!

The Allwoods raffled a harmonica and guitar away from Duane’s Music of Troy Missouri. Proceeds benefit Pike County Missouri Home Health & Hospice. It was a lot of fun for a good cause and I hope it continues.

Stephanie Trick to Perform in Clarksville Missouri


Stephanie Trick is one of the best Stride and Ragtime piano players in the world. She calls St Louis, Missouri home, and thanks to the Raintree Arts Council she will be playing the Appleshed Theater in Clarksville Missouri on Sunday June 10th at 2:00pm in afternoon. If you’re looking for a unique Sunday afternoon a short drive from St Louis or Hannibal Missouri this is it!

See if you’re interested, listen to Stephanie Trick on STL Public Radio’s Cityscape June 1st program:

A discussion about the 2012 Innsbrook Institute Summer Music Academy and Festival.

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David Halen: Concertmaster, St. Louis Symphony
Artistic Director, Innsbrook Institute Summer Music Academy and Festival

Stephanie Trick: Pianist