by Michael R. Allen
Last night’s historic preservation benefit, the Anti-Wrecking Ball’s Soulard Stable Hootenanny, was a success — at least judging from the money raised and the good time had by all. There’s something about rock ‘n’ roll, red brick and the early summer heat that makes a warehouse party just plain logical.
The show’s proceeds were split evenly between the Friends of the San Luis’ remaining legal costs and the St. Louis Building Arts Foundation’s capital campaign for its conservatory in Sauget, Illinois.
The event was held at the Foundation’s former warehouse in Soulard. Most people had never been inside of the historic former livery stable and its amazing space. The space, it turns out, was the perfect setting for a show.
One of the highlights of the evening was Bill Streeter’s unveiling of the trailer for Brick by Chance and Fortune — I can’t wait to see more!
The Union Electric, pictured above, Leadville and Pretty Little Empire rocked the house. These bands gave the gig their all. The brick and wood of the stable made the sound echo loud and clear throughout the building.
Galen Gondolfi and Dabney Frake donated a wide array of mid-century items for the raffle, which also included prizes from STL Style, St. Louis Cinemas and Schlafly. (And, yes, the pink lamp went first with winner’s choice!)
Bill Streeter has more photographs here.