You may have never heard of self-made singer/songwriter Meiko. I hadn’t, until June bought her CD and played it for me. You may just well recognize her music, though. We recently had a chance to see her perform at Blueberry Hill in St. Louis, MO on the 14th, along with opening act Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons.
We arrived in The Loop a little after 6:30, which gave us plenty of time to grab a bite to eat at Blueberry Hill before the show. I had the Hickory burger (mmmm soooo good!) and June had the fish ‘n’ chips. The show was in the famous Duck Room, where Chuck Berry performs once a month. The doors opened at 8 p.m. and we went downstairs. The Duck Room was a lounge-type setting, with tables and chairs near the stage and a bar in the back. It was the perfect kind of venue for a show like this.
I’m usually not that into opening acts, but Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons got my attention early on and held on tight. Their style is Americana and folk-rock. When the band first got onto the stage, I really had no idea what to expect. Cory Chisel is a tall, skinny white guy probably not too much older than myself, but, by the sound of his voice, you’d think he was someone totally different … kind of like how you never expected Rick Astley (“Never Gonna Give You Up”) to be a skinny, red-headed British dude until everyone started RickRolling each other. This is meant in a good way! Having an opener I could get into was a nice bonus. They played songs off their album Cabin Ghosts and a few more that will be released on their next one. You can hear a few tracks of the album on their Web site and it’s available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon. I didn’t catch their name at the show and had to look it up when I got home. I enjoyed their act so much that I bought the album online immediately. ZOMG! Yes, not all computer geeks are pirates … mostly (yaaarrrr!!!). I gladly support artists and software creators that I enjoy.
Next up, after a very short set change, was Meiko. You should check out her Wikipedia page to learn a little bit more about her. The story of how she made it this far on her own is pretty awesome and it proves how the Internet is enabling all kinds of talented people to successfully reach a type of audience that hardly existed just 10 years ago. Her style is folk rock/indie/pop and was different enough from the opening act to keep the show highly entertaining.
She’s very laid back on stage and kept us captivated not only with great music but also through hamming it up with her band and sharing some of her experiences along the way. This is her first headlining tour, and you can tell she’s definitely excited about it. Her sense of humor is witty and she certainly doesn’t pull any punches, at least for a 21+ show. She’s an excellent stage performer, because that’s where her roots are. One of the stories she shared with us on stage was how she moved to California, became a waitress at the Hotel Cafe, and, eventually, began playing there.
You know how I mentioned you may have heard of her music in the first paragraph? If you read the Wikipedia article like I suggested, you’d find out that several of her tracks have been featured in shows such as “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Ghost Whisperer,” and “One Tree Hill.” Some of my favorite tracks were “Boys with Girlfriends,” “Under My Bed” and “Piano Song.” You can hear her entire album online for free on her MySpace page, but I’m going to go out on a limb here and tell you to buy it because you’ll like it that much.
Check out the photos from the show below, along with some video we shot on a Sony DSC-T100 point ‘n’ shoot digital cam. You can also see her for yourself on June 10 at Pop’s in Sauget, IL.
I found another review of this very show after some quick searching. I’m pretty sure this person must have been sitting right next to us. What a small Interweb after all…