Dogtown Allstars
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Dogtown Allstars

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

St. Louis, Missouri, United States
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"2005 Riverfront Times Music Awards"

Best Funk/R&B/Soul Band: Dogtown Allstars

We love them because they're funky. We love them because they're from Dogtown. We love them because they don't hyphenate the word "Allstars," and really, it looks much better that way. It's hard to say when the band officially began -- three years ago, was it? Out of the combined efforts of members of Hip Grease and Gumbohead and various solo projects was birthed the Dogtown Allstars, a quartet of musicians who (sometimes) nix vocals in favor of deep, soulful, rhythm & blues-laden funk. And when we say funk, we mean funk. The real deal, not a white-boy impression or a brick house tickle.

All seasoned St. Louis musicians, the Dogtown Allstars know how to work the scene and a crowd, and they can make even the most sparsely populated weeknight bar seem like Dance Party USA. Consisting of Drew Weiss on drums, Andy Coco on bass, Adam Wilke on guitar and Nathan Hershey on keys, the band throws down sets with some original material but heavy on spicy covers from Robert Palmer to Jimmy Smith, Grateful Dead to Grant Green. They take notes from the Meters and Parliament, and are constantly tweaking their consistent repertoire while remaining dedicated to playing locally.

The band rarely ventures out on the road, but we're selfish enough to be happy that they have every intention of sharing their flavor with St. Louis and St. Louis alone. They appear monthly at Magee's in the Central West End and are regulars at Pop's Blue Moon and a host of other local and metro-east establishments including the Famous Bar, the Broadway Oyster Bar and the Stagger Inn. No one ever said St. Louis doesn't have soul, but thanks to the Dogtown Allstars, we can also say we have plenty of funk.

-- Jess Minnen - The Riverfront Times - June 15, 2005


Discography

(2007) "Live at the Venice Cafe"

(2005) Dogtown Allstars EP

"Root Down" (heard on KDHX, St. Louis FM 88.1)
"Organ Grinder Swing" (heard on KDHX, St. Louis FM 88.1)
"Remember" (heard on KDHX, St. Louis FM 88.1)

Circulated Live Recordings:

"Root Down" - Live at ZoeJam 5-14-05 (heard on KDHX, St. Louis FM 88.1)

"Doin Like Eddie" Live at JackSon's Clambake 8-31-05 (heard on KDHX, St. Louis FM 88.1)

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St. Louis-based Dogtown Allstars was formed in 2003, building on the resurgence of 60/70s era soul jazz and funk style music, and do it solely to make people move their feet and shake their tails. We arrange and interpret the classic soul-jazz stylings of players like Jimmy Smith, Booker T and the MGs, and "Boogaloo" Joe Jones, the funk and soul of James Brown, The Meters and Al Green, mixing in our own grooves with the sounds of contemporaries MM&W, Galactic, John Scofield and Soulive. We're funky and groovy and got all kinds of fat bottomed soul.