Ewert and The Two Dragons
Trapper Schoepp, Great Isaac
2706 Olive St
Saint Louis, MO, 63103
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
Ewert and The Two Dragons
Ewert and The Two Dragons are an indie-folk band from Tallinn, Estonia formed in spring of 2009. The line-up consists of vocalist Ewert Sundja, guitarist Erki Pärnoja, drummer Kristjan Kallas and Ivo Etti on bass, guitar and other instruments. Their second album "Good Man Down" became the best-selling record of 2011 in Estonia with sales up to 13 000 copies and got them 5 Estonian Music Awards, incl prizes for "album of the year", "song of the year" and "band of the year". Title track "Good Man Down" also got Estonian Radio 2`s "Hit Of The Year" award. Among the other awards the group has received during the last year are Skype`s "Go Change The World" award from Tallinn Music Week 2011 and Finnish music community award FEMMA.
Ewert Sundja, Erki Pärnoja and Kristjan Kallas are old time friends who started playing together in 2008 for couple of concerts where they mostly played covers of Sting, Radiohead, Jeff Buckley and others. Soon the trio decided to start writing their own material and it resulted in the release of their debut album "The Hills Behind The Hills" in autumn of 2009. When the band started to perform live, Ivo Etti joined the group.
Although the songs from the album got only a moderate airplay on the radios, they soon became known as a great live band in all three Baltic countries. Critics agreed: "the crown jewel of Estonian music" was said, Finnish music magazine Rumba caught them at the early stages of their career and was stunned by their performance at the biggest Baltic music festival Positivus in 2010, calling them "the best band at the entire fest" where they were on the line-up alongside Muse and Scissor Sisters.
On the 25th of September, Ewert and The Two Dragons signed a record deal with Latvian indie label I Love You Records. Second album "Good Man Down"
was released on the 5th of April 2011.
First single off the album, "(In The End) There`s Only Love" gained momentum in all 3 Baltic countries and it was a breaking point in the band`s career – they were suddenly becoming a pan-Baltic indie sensation.
After their performance at Tallinn Music Week 2011, Dragons were on everyone`s lips.
In autumn 2011, Ewert and The Two Dragons performed in various European countries, also at the festivals like Popkomm (Germany), Waves Vienna
(Austria) and Lost In Music (Finland). On November 9th and 11th, they had sold out shows at Nokia Concert Hall in Tallinn (capacity 1800) and Palladium in Riga (capacity 1000). With these two major local shows, they turned a completely new page in their careers.
In January 2012, Ewert and The Two Dragons took their success to a new level when they performed two sold out shows at Eurosonic festival in Groningen, Holland. Overnight they had become one of the hottest new acts in Europe securing festival slots and shows all across Europe.
In March this year, Dragons had 4 shows at Canadian Music Week and in the beginning of April, they performed at the Piano`s and the Knitting Factory in New York City.
One year after the release of "Good Man Down", it is enjoying wide critical acclaim in France where the album was released by Talitres Records. Right before their first French tour, newspaper Le Monde compared their melodies to the ones of the Beatles and harmonies to Simon & Garfunkel`s.
Trapper Schoepp has the ear of a troubadour, the eye of a journalist and the heart of a young poet. In 2012, his Milwaukee-based band Trapper Schoepp & The Shades released its national debut Run, Engine, Run on SideOneDummy Records as a love letter to their beloved home state of Wisconsin. The album's mix of rocking tunes and sweet Americana-laced tales has helped paved the way for the group to share stages all over the country alongside such kindred spirits as The Wallflowers, Old 97's, Soul Asylum, Murder By Death and more.
In addition to being respected by some of their favorite artists, they've been featured in Rolling Stone, American Songwriter and Alternative Press – which gave Run, Engine, Run 4/5 stars and said that their "Replacements-meets-Uncle Tupelo influence rings clear…Trapper Schoepp & The Shades can only get better." Huffington Post calls 23-year-old Schoepp "A master storyteller."
Trapper will be leaving his trusty Shades at home while supporting Ewert & The Two Dragons this fall, bringing only his six-string, songs and stories.
Great Isaac is a folk rock quintet based out of South St. Louis. Forming in May 2011 after all frequenting the same bar, their dynamic harmonies and dark lyrics often get them compared to the likes of Neutral Milk Hotel, Mumford & Sons, and The Good Life. Their line-up (which consists of Steve Lickenbrock on guitar & vocals, Casey Kell on drums, Jeremy Theel on bass, Scott Wilson on banjo, Nick Ebeling on piano & backing vocals, and part-time trumpet player Chris Kepley) lends itself to the diversity of those comparisons, and their initial 45-minute set of completely original material does not fail to deliver.