Posted on July 7, 2011 - Written by Scott Allen
Seriously, who doesn’t like ice cream? You’d be a supreme curmudgeon not to enjoy this summer time favorite. Plus, St. Louis has a plethora of independent ice cream establishments making yummy concoctions to beat the heat. So, when organizer Michael Tomko decided to combine ice cream with rock ‘n roll, an event was born.
Presented by Tomko Bomb Co. and 88.1 KDHX and now in its fifth annual year (with one year off for reflection), the Indie Rock Ice Cream Social will sweeten up the space at The Firebird this Saturday, July 9.
Originally organized in 2006 as a promotional vehicle for his former band, Gentleman Auction House, the event took on a life of its own, so much so that Tomko won’t let it die. He says,
“There is nothing like hundreds of St. Louis music fans slammed up against the stage with a beer in one hand and a sundae in the other.”
Over the years the event has featured local bands and up and coming bands from around the country. In 2007, the band Canada (actually from Ann Arbor, MI) officially released their live performance from the Indie Rock Ice Cream Social. Further, two years ago Chapel Hill, NC based Lost In The Trees, scheduled to play LouFest next month, had their first performance in St. Louis at the event.
On Saturday, doors open at 7:30 p.m. while admission is $10 for those 18 and up allows you in to see live music from JC Brooks and The Uptown Sound, The Breaks and Bear Hive while DJ Chris Bay provides the remainder of the evening’s soundtrack.
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