Historic St. Louis Venue Features SIUE Grad Student & Indie Rock Flutist, Courtney King

Where: The Chapel, 6238 Alexander Dr. St Louis, MO 63105
When: March 13, 2015 at 7:00 PM
ST. LOUIS – Sounds reminiscent of Jethro Tull's rockin' flute will fill the halls of a now converted gothic style-church in up-town St. Louis.
The structure was once a Presbyterian place of worship built in the 1930s, but now serves as a non-profit venue for local musicians and visual artists to showcase their latest works.
Five-piece metro-east indie-rock group “Slow Down Scarlett” has been touring the greater St. Louis area for more than four years. They gained popularity at several local venues for their signature mix of what lead guitarist Dylan Tucker calls “Jambalaya Rock,” complimented by the experience of a former U.S. Air Force Band flutist with a very unique musical career.

 "The SDS flutist /vocalist is fearless! Her ability to go from flute to vocals appears effortless but is nothing short of amazing. What a talented and beautiful creature! Whether she is performing new or old/classic tunes, she adds her own unique touch! I just love this girl!” said Tanya Miller, who has attended several of the band’s shows.
Courtney King, a graduate student at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, is one of the lead vocalists, and a decorated concert flutist who toured the mid-western music scene for the armed services up until 2007. In that time, she was best known for playing classical scores, but in recent years has been better known for laying down more sultry rock licks with her bandmates from the St. Louis Suburbs.

"Working with the creative minds in SDS challenges me as a musician. From ditching the music stand, to blowing a solo over changes, I really love the direction we're headed," said King, who separated from the military to home-school her children after learning she was expecting a second child. She now has three kids, all of which play violin. 
“I got out [of the Air Force Band] to take care of my children, thinking that was the end of music for me... but I couldn't stay away.  My husband’s a professional trumpet player, my kids have picked up violin now, and… well, I just had to get back into things,” she continued.
She found a musical outlet with four fellow church members, with whom she would help lead music at church services for First Baptist Church of O’Fallon in St. Clair County Illinois.
“We enjoyed working together so much, we started performing as a cover band around town,” said Danny Walls, who plays drums and manages the group's tour schedule. “Before we realized what was happening, we were writing our own songs, getting asked to perform at different places, and even traveled to a television studio to shoot a music video."

Slow Down Scarlett fan Matt Gilreath says, “SDS is without question a group of excellent instrumentalists and vocalists. The raw talent and obvious extended study of music by Courtney on the flute is not only unique but captivating. Slow Down Scarlett is very entertaining." 
Slow Down Scarlett members are also something of a jambalaya, all from differing backgrounds coming together to make music. Along with Courtney King, (vocals/flute) they feature Andy Lewis, (vocals/guitar) a high school history teacher and a football coach in O'Fallon, IL. Dylan Tucker (lead guitar) is a wedding videographer, photographer, and web designer. Dan Kaltenbaugh (bass guitar) is owner of Dijatek, a website development company for businesses.  Danny Walls (drums) is a youth pastor at First Baptist Church in O'Fallon, IL.
The concert will open with performances by Colin Rigsby, from the Columbus, Ohio-based band “House of Heroes” and “The Fade,” a Belleville indie rock band.  

Tickets are $8 advance at http://thechapel.bpt.me and $10 at the door (cash or card accepted). Each patron will receive 2 free drinks for the evening.
The Chapel Venue is located at 6238 Alexander Dr. St Louis, MO 63105. 
Parking is available along Wydown Blvd. and Alexander Dr.  Please be careful not to block residential driveways. Any vehicle blocking a driveway will be towed at the owner’s expense.  Please note that parking around the triangle across from The Chapel is not permitted.

Contact: Danny Walls (618) 531-0526 *cell phone*

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