Hundreds of music lovers descended upon Gazebo Park in Old Orchard to enjoy Euclid Record's Gazebo-A-Go-Go. Five bands performed while attendees sipped beer, relaxed and listened to music.
However, the new event had a few hitches. While Cyrano's provided a selection of craft and domestic beers and Milagro Modern Mexican had margaritas, there was little else offered in the way of food and drink. Craft and artist booths failed to materialize, and the much anticipated Go-Go dancers were a gone-gone.
In addition, the event—scheduled to go until 12 a.m. with music film historian Spike Priggen showing rare music videos on a big screen—was shut down early. By 10 p.m., the park was empty and returned to its normal, peaceful condition.
Joe Schwab, owner of Euclid Records and organizer of the event, said: "We were told last Wednesday that the park had to close at 11 p.m. Otherwise, we creakily would have taken it up to 12 a.m. or maybe beyond."
The early closure in no way hampered anyone's spirits however, and a sense of community was the theme of the afternoon.
“There's a real sense of community and a neat energy,” said Nate Bleazard, of St. Louis City. “The bands seem very supportive of each other—they visit with the crowd and stick around to listen to the other bands. I'm impressed.”
Steve St. Cyr, the creater of a new singer/songwriter venture called Songbird Cafe at the Focal Point in Mapelwood, concurred. “I think it's marvelous,” St. Cyr said. “I love what Joe does for Webster and these shows at the Gazebo. It's about local artists, and everyone is mixing and mingling.”
The perfect weather also did not go unnoticed. “I love it,” said Heidi Wilucki, who was manning the beer table from Cyrano's. “It's awesome. The weather's good, and the people are great. I'm having a wonderful time.”
Attendees sat on the benches in Gazebo Park, on chairs they had brought with them, on the ground or simply stood as the bands Black Fast, The Incurables, The Painkillers, Sleepy Kitty and Trobadour Dali took the stage throughout the afternoon. Several people brought their dogs to enjoy the festivities.
“I think it's a good crowd,” Schwab said. “People are enjoying themselves. There's so much going on in this town. St. Louis offers so much and we're happy to be a part of that. Maybe we'll do this again next year.”