When singer/songwriter Katarra Parson, known professionally as “Katarra,” began performing before a live audience three years ago, her hands shook so badly that she couldn’t play her keyboard. Her voice trembled to the point where she couldn’t sing.

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Fantasia took her time getting to the stage for her first headlining arena tour in St. Louis, but the performance was worth the wait. With a packed house waiting patiently, it was nearly 10:30 when her performance commenced for a show that began at 7:30 on the dot. And yet with energy, an or…

This upcoming weekend is a long time coming for Nichol Stevenson. It marks the grand opening of the House of Soul, a live music and entertainment venue she envisioned when she and fellow co-founders Angela Brown and Rochelle “Coco Soul” Walker established the monthly open mic series Café Sou…

The bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963 is a historical tragedy that some know all too well. But for others, not so much. Addie Mae Collins (14), Cynthia Wesley (14), Carole Robertson (14), and Carol Denise McNair (11) became angels of the Civil Rights mo…

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About 40 minutes into her relentlessly paced show, Lizzo had barely taken a breath in between the singing, dancing, rapping and twerking. But she stopped to soak in the love that came from the other side of the stage at The Pageant Tuesday night during the sold-out St. Louis leg of her “Cuz …

St. Louis audiences owe opera great Jessye Norman a recent debt of gratitude. Norman was among the early influences of Karen Slack, who delivered a critically acclaimed performance as she originated the role of Billie Blow during the world premiere of Terence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up In My …