November 2 is right around the corner, so get your tickets now for the Community Development Rocks! benefit concert featuring the critically acclaimed band, Five Eight, and the locally loved band, Last to Show First to Go. Proceeds from this benefit will help Old North St. Louis Restoration Group continue the good work of revitalizing the physical and social dimensions of the Old North neighborhood in a manner that respects the community’s historic, cultural, and urban character.
If you’re wondering why you should buy as many tickets as you can afford for the Nov. 2 concert, we offer a few reasons to think about:
(1) Great music
According to NPR’s All Songs Considered, Five Eight is one of the top five bands that should be way bigger than they are. St. Louis fans of Five Eight - and many who are just getting to know them - are excited about the rare opportunity to see the indie rock veterans in the Gateway City. The band has agreed to travel all the way from Athens, Georgia, to perform at this benefit for ONSLRG.
Although Last to Show First to Go is a local band - which means you may have seen them before and likely will get many other opportunities to see them - it’s worth pointing out to those unfamiliar with them how good they are. Here’s one review by Annie-Rose Fondaw on KDHX:
“On first listen, Last to Show First to Go appears to have its roots down in the landscape of heartland rock ‘n’ roll. Lead singer Bredon Jones’ earnest, earthy vocals lie simply against a backdrop of acoustic guitar, drums and vocal harmonies, all bolstered by a double bass. Yet as each song unfolds, it’s clear that Last to Show First to Go has a flair for genre-bending. From Jay Lewis’ rippling cello arpeggios to Miriam Keller’s jazz-infused trumpet, the band embraces a wide variety of sounds and textures. And lo and behold, they pull it off. What could easily veer into a trite modernization of the down-home Americana genre instead becomes a singular, engaging sound.”
(2) A Really Cool Venue
Plush, located at 3224 Locust between Compton and Grand, has earned a reputation as one of the hippest, hottest, coolest (or whatever term you’d use for the highest level of a positive experience) venues for food, drink, and live music in St. Louis. One recent review on Yelp described Plush as “as good at it gets,” while a review in the Riverfrtont Times last year was headlined, “Plush is the most ambitious drinking, dining and dance establishment St. Louis has seen in a decade.” Get your tickets now to check out Plush in person on Saturday, Nov. 2. And, if you can get there for dinner before the concert, be sure to mention that you’re there for the Community Development Rocks! concert to get a special deal on the meal.
The photo above is by Kate McDonald from St. Louis Magazine’s 2012 “A List” issue, which included Plush among their “Night Life” awards in the “Dinner and Dance” category.
(3) And, of course, a chance to support a Great Cause
When you support ONSLRG, you support the cause of urban core revitalization implemented in a manner that respects the community that lives there. The best way to respect the community is to pursue their vision and to involve them in the process of making that vision a reality. That’s what ONSLRG has been doing since it was created by residents of Old North in 1981. Everything ONSLRG does is rooted in a desire expressed by community residents. That’s why ONSLRG has taken on…
the preservation of historic properties - from small, single-family homes to to multi-family, rental buildings to large, institutional buildings, such as the Mullanphy Emigrant Home…
coordinating a farmers’ market in the heart of Old North since 2007 to bring healthy & affordable foods to the neighborhood…
Hosting theater, film, photography exhibits, and other arts programming…
Beautifying Old North through tree-planting, community gardens, supporting other green investments, and regular neighborhood-wide clean-up days…
Improving neighborhood safety by establishing a police substation at Crown Square, hosting neighborhood watch trainings, and coordinating implementation of the City’s “Neighborhood Ownership Model”…
Bringing residents together regularly to plan, discuss, and review ideas or proposals for development in Old North…
Plus, all sorts of community-building social events, and so much more!
In addition to supporting ONSLRG by buying concert tickets, you can also buy raffle tickets at the concert or before! ONSLRG’s tireless intern, Chris Umbertino, has lined up some phenomenal prizes for a raffle drawing that will take place at the concert. See the flyer below for details.
Raffle tickets will be sold at the concert, but you can also purchase them in advance - either in person at the ONSLRG office or online. Just follow the link below for online contributions - and make a contribution along WITH a note in the comments/special instructions or other notes section to alert us that the purpose is for raffle tickets in your name.
We’d love to get as many people out to Plush on November 2 as we can get to support ONSLRG and to show our appreciation for the generosity of Five Eight, Last to Show First to Go, and Plush; and we’d love it if you could purchase a large pile of raffle tickets as a way of letting the prize donors know their contributions were worth it. However, we also are willing to accept good, old-fashioned direct contributions straight to Old North St. Louis Restoration Group. We can accept contributions in whatever form you’d like to send us: cash (please not through the mail, though); checks (which can be dropped off at our office or sent by mail to 2700 N. 14th Street, St. Louis, MO 63106); or by credit or debit card - either in person at our office or online via PayPal by clicking HERE now or by clicking on the image below.
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