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Open Highway Festival kicks off tonight, runs through August 9th

Those of us here at 3minrecord.com are excited for the kickoff of the Open Highway Music Festival tonight at Off Broadway. In just three short years, the festival has expanded to five nights of shows at two different venues in St. Louis. We recently discussed the festival with John Henry on Episode 10 of our podcast which you can listen to here. Here is just a quick summary of each night's shows. So many nights of great music ahead of us this week. We hope to see you at every night!

Night One: Cory Chisel's Soul Obscura
Date: August 5, 2014
Place: Off Broadway
Time: Doors at 7PM, show at 8PM
Ages: All ages
Price: $15 ($3 minor surcharge)

Night one brings Cory Chisel back to the Off Broadway stage with his new project, Cory Chisel's Soul Obscura. This night promises Stax-era soul music, and I cannot wait to see the band that Chisel has formed for this project. Come dance your booties off!

Night Two: The Baseball Project w/Water Liars
Date: August 6, 2014
Place: The Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
Time: Doors at 7PM, show at 8PM
Ages: 21+
Price: $15


Night two sees The Baseball Project make their return to The Duck Room. The Baseball Project consists of members of Dream Syndicate, The Minus 5, and some little band you may have heard of, R.E.M. The Baseball Project create well-crafted pop songs about the only sport that matters, baseball. Their performance back at Twangfest 15 was an extremely fun night and this appearance is not to be missed. St. Louis' own, Water Liars, open the show so you definitely want to get there before the show starts at 8.

Night Three: Sturgill Simpson w/The Dock Ellis Band and Brian Henneman and Kip Loui
Date: August 7, 2014
Place: Off Broadway
Time: Doors at 7PM, show at 8PM
Ages: All ages
Price: $14 advance, $16 day of show ($3 minor surcharge)

If you are not familiar with Sturgill Simpson, you will be very soon. Simpson is blowing up with his latest release, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music. For the folks that have been waiting for country music to sound like country music, Simpson is your guy. Get on out and see this artist in a small club environment while you can. Opening the show will be the one and only Dock Ellis Band and Brian Henneman and Kip Loui. If you have not seen The Dock Ellis Band you truly are missing out on one of the finest bands St. Louis has to offer. Such a great mixture of humor, songwriting, and musicianship. Brian Henneman really needs no introduction in this town. Henneman has been writing, recording, and performing tunes with his band The Bottle Rockets for well over 20 years now. Those that caught Henneman and Loui opening for Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis recently at Off Broadway know what a great treat is in store for their set on this night.

Night Four: Justin Townes Earle w/Emily Wallace
Date: August 8, 2014
Place: Off Broadway
Time: Doors at 7:30PM, show at 8:30PM
Ages: All ages
Price: $23 advance, $25 day of show ($3 minor surcharge)

Justin Townes Earle makes his way back to St. Louis for a highly anticipated show at Off Broadway on the fourth night of the festival. Although fans will be looking forward to hearing their favorite JTE songs on this night, there is the added excitement of hopefully hearing some of the new material from his upcoming release, Single Mothers. That record will be out on September 9, 2014 and is being released on Vagrant Records. Opening the show will be Emily Wallace, who John Henry said will be one of the St. Louis artists he expects to be doing big things very soon.

Night Five: Dave and Phil Alvin with the Guilty Ones w/Candye Kane
Date: August 9, 2014
Place: Off Broadway
Time: Doors at 7PM, show at 8PM
Ages: All ages
Price: $25 ($3 minor surcharge)

I should just get this out of the way before writing anything else about this show. I love Dave Alvin. I love The Blasters. I might be just a little excited for this show. The Blasters are a band I wish everyone knew about, and Dave Alvin is someone that I think everyone should go see live any chance they get. Dave and Phil started The Blasters in 1979, with Dave leaving for a solo career in 1986. Dave plays with The Blasters every once and a while, but it usually happens nowhere close to St. Louis, so this may be one of the few chances I ever get to see Dave and Phil on the same stage together. Add the fact that The Guilty Ones (Dave's current backing band) will be backing the brothers Alvin, and this will be an amazing night of music. The brothers are out on tour promoting their recent release, Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill BroonzyLooking at reviews and set lists from recent shows, attendees can look forward to hearing a lot of the Big Bill Broonzy material from the record mixed in with other blues covers and plenty of Blasters favorites. I really do not think I can stress how badly you should want to go to this show. Blues artist Candye Kane gets the night off to a rollicking start.

Such a great week ahead and a major tip of the hat goes to John Henry and Steve Pohlman for putting together such a great lineup. Head on over to www.offbroadwaystl.com to pick up tickets ahead of time to all the shows, they all look to be well attended so get those tickets before they are gone. See you there!