With a high contrast in style the initial announcement of a co headlining show with Yealwolf and Meg Myers for the annual USO Red Rock and Blue benefit show at The Pageant Friday night may have turned more than a few heads. But with a sellout crowd on hand that decision seemed to make sense.
Rock band CAVO opened the show with a partial acoustic set in their hometown, while being joined onstage by a few other local musicians from other St. Louis bands. It was the first show in over a year and they sounded like they had just played the night before.
With smooth harmonies and tight notes the band effortlessly sailed through a set that included their strongest material, like “Thick as Thieves”, “Let It Go”, “Crash” and “Champagne” as well as debuting some new strong material from their upcoming 2016 release Bridges. By the sound of the new material the new album should be huge. They even had a great cover of Duran Duran’s “Come Undone” which was brilliant.
Meg Myers had the first slot after CAVO and wasted no time fitting her latest single “Motel” into the mix. With her raw voice and attitude Myers seems at first to be best suited for angst ridden emo rock. But she is far more than that.
She exudes an attitude and emotion that flows through her music and engulfs her live performances, ala Alanis Morrisette and Janis Joplin.
With her debut major label album Sorry just over a month old Myers seems at ease on the stage and lets her emotions fly to sync with her powerful voice. Her vibe was contagious, especially on songs like “Lemon Eyes”, “Desire” and “Sorry”. While her catalogue isn’t very deep yet, it is clear that she has a strong future in the industry.
Hip Hop artist Yelawolf closed out the show with an electric, high-octane performance that touched on rap, country, rock and bluegrass.
Touring in support of his newest CD Love Story, Yelawolf shows his appreciation for rap, Rock and country and mixes it all into one. But unlike Kid Rock actually is from the south and has an appreciation for the music and culture first hand. And with it is a positive message. During the show Yelawolf paid respect to victims of shootings and crime around the country, including the 9 killed in the South Carolina church killings in June, saying that wasn’t the south he represents.
Throughout the show Yelawolf had the crowd jumping and yelling and even went into the crowd himself. Highlights were “Pop the Trunk”, “Johnny Cash”, “Best Friend” and “Till it’s Gone”.
Meg Myers Setlist:
A Bolt From the Blue
Make a Shadow
I Really Want you to Hate Me
Whisky in a Bottle
Friends in Low Places (Garth Brooks cover)
Box Chevy V
Growin’ Up in the Gutter
Pop the Trunk
Ball and Chain
Till it’s Gone