Oakwood Block Party Featuring Aaron Kamm & The One Drops, So Many Dynamos, Grass Root Kids

Aaron Kamm & The One Drops

A staple of the St.Louis music scene, Aaron Kamm and the One Drops play an intoxicating concoction of Roots Reggae and Mississippi River Blues. Improv-laced Jams, dubbed out grooves and Effervescent Vocals make this band must see. After the release of there second studio album "Grow" in 2010, this independent trio is beginning to forge there way across the country.

So Many Dynamos

As the old adage goes, not many people heard the Velvet Underground in their prime—but every one who did started a band. For those of us growing up amidst the modest-but-thriving indie rock scene of the late '90s, the experience was not all that different; for years, my likeminded friends and I left innumerable shows muttering to ourselves "some day I want to be in a band like that." Bound as we were by the noise constraints of apartment life, we could only imagine following through on this wish, but we could also imagine that there were kids somewhere else in America, blessed with the unfathomable luxuries of garages and drumsets, leaving those same shows, thinking those same thoughts and becoming one of the awesomest bands we would ever see. Turns out that band is from St. Louis, Missouri, and they are called So Many Dynamos.

So Many Dynamos have released two solid albums (The Loud Wars is their third, and their first for Vagrant) and toured relentlessly for years, slowly but surely picking up fervent devotees without succumbing to the bitterness of a band that sees themselves as "paying their dues." Somehow, they have retained urgency of four friends playing in their basement for the first time, while developing the confidence of a band with hundreds upon hundreds of shows under their belt. And finally, they have made a record that does them justice.
(Bio Written by Matt Lemay)

Matt Skinner

Frontman for The Great Waltz, singer/songwriter, lush.

"Hailing from our neighboring city of Decatur, The Great Waltz calls its music “aggressive folk,” and began with Matt Skinner writing songs in his basement. The rest of the band, Josh Dimmick, Joe Gerard, Luke Alan and eventually, Kevin Gillman, came along to flush out arrangements and give Skinner’s songs life on stage. Soon they became Millikin University house party favorites then moved on to playing shows around the Midwest. After signing to Blue Box Records, the up-and-comers released an EP and now have a full-length record in the works featuring the adept songwriting skills of Skinner. " Tom Irwin



The 1st show of the Oakwood Block Party Series. Event includes all day BBQ contest, kids activities, live music, food and more. LINE UP:: Aaron Kamm and the One Drops http://www.theonedrops.com/ The Grass Root Kids http://www.grassrootkids.com/ So Many Dynamos http://www.dynamos-music.com/ Smooth Times Trio http://bluesexpressions.com/ Millikin University Latin Jazz Project http://will.illinois.edu/liveandlocal/program/millikin-university-latin-jazz-project-and-synergy Nighttime line-up 4:30-6:00 Smooth Times Trio 6:15-7:15 So Many Dynamos 7:30-8:30 Latin Jazz 8:45-10:00 Grass Root Kids 10:15-12:00AM Aaron Kamm and the One Drops

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