Sept. 13--Fun hangouts usually don't involve a lineup of bands, a birthday party, acrobatic fire breathers and belly dancers. Then again, this type of thing only happens once a year.
Pop's Musicfest is an annual musical celebration with a festival feel, minus the actual festival.
Featuring 10 hours of live music, starting at 2 p.m. Sept. 14 at Pop's Place, 238 Illinois Ave., the music showcase will show off everything from the alternative country sounds of Grindstone Creek to the hard rock of Stormbourne to the punk rock sounds of Airport Novels.
Lead singer of the band Coverboy and organizer of the event Chris Ellis says he loves booking for the event because it offers people, including himself, a chance to see something out of the norm.
"Sometimes it drives you to do better with your music to see someone else up there or doing something different (from) the way you do it," he says.
Originally a music showcase for metal bands, Ellis says he was compelled to open up Pop's Musicfest's lineup to bands of all types.
"In the past, they were all good. This year, I wanted to keep the music in town, instead out-of-town. That way, I get to meet people around town," Ellis says.
For the Musicfest, that means newer groups like the rock band Magnum Opus will rub elbows with the veteran acoustic DC & Key, and maybe the two will learn a few things from each other. Meanwhile, the fans benefit as well.
"They're all great people. They all have good music and good attributes to St. Joe, which I like," Ellis says.
Playing in Coverboy, which covers everything from Chuck Berry to Chevelle to Jackyl, Ellis says there's a nice blend of original and cover bands to the mix so people of all types will be entertained.
"You go out there and just have as much fun as you can. That's what we do," he says.
If that doesn't do it, maybe some acrobatic women will. With the addition of the Midwest Voodoo Dolls, Ellis says they bring a whole new energy to the mix.
"They do some hula-hooping and other types of aerial stuff, all sorts of neat stuff to watch. The girls are real nice and sweet and they come out to perform just as hard as what a band would," he says.
It's something Ellis says he couldn't imagine doing in a million years.
"I couldn't accomplish the hula-hoops and the aerial stuff they do," he says. "Some of the stuff they do is real cool."
If that still isn't enough, anyone that is having a birthday will get a solid shout-out and song from the people at the bar. After, whether they know them or not, they're friends at Pop's Place.
'The main point is to listen to music, meet new people and have a nice, relaxing time.
"It's just a good time to chill out with friends and hang out with some good music," he says.
When: Saturday, 2 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Where: Pop's Place, 238 Illinois Ave., St. Joseph, Mo.
How much: $5
--DC & Key
--Shoot For Wednesday
Andrew Gaug can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter: @SJNPGaug.
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