This was where it all started for many of us- St. Louis' professionals in an urban scene in the historic neighborhood of Lafayette Square. Some say this spot was ahead of its time, a drinking hole reminiscent of what you might find in a thriving big city. It was one room with 17 tables and a half round stage that created the perfect atmosphere of sophisticated noise for mature drinking amongst peers. Live jazz was the backdrop, potent martinis were acclaimed, and Wednesday nights introduced spoken poetry to the local scene. Within those walls class was boss, a secret society of underground tempo lovers that kept this quant martini headquarters to themselves. The regulars were proud to claim Troy's on the Park as their own. That was 1999.
These doors opened with the intent to offer St. Louis a new type of entertainment, a unique space with an edge. Far from the cookie cutter bar or tavern, Troy's had elegance with attitude and used music as a movement. This small eclectic establishment introduced and opened the doors for several entertainers that work amongst the local social music scene. Many artists got a start at Troy's on the Park from the ultra-groove band The Usual Suspects to Dj Needles, from The Syd Rodway Quartet to the funny poetry host Doug James. From then to now, several entertainers, musicians, poets and speakers have graced the mini stage. Now it's time for a new experience.
It started from a spark and a thought near a historic city park, not far from the river Mississippi Guarded by the Gateway's Amazing arch. A visionaries' thought manifest into, blueprints, building ordinances brick and mortar & sweat equity , a dream realized, that was cultivated and fertilized by ambition, a mission and a gameplan! Same Man with an Eagles eye for Opulent Decor, A knack for Nicer than Average things, Pretty Ladies And the Nostalgic sounds reverberated by Brass, Upright Bass, Drums and Melodic Harmonics TrainSpotted and Plotted by 88 Keys! Whoooo Weeeeee! This is the place where Live Jazz Be! A Proverbial Playground for Those Who Like to Trip The Light Fantastic, Sip on Something Smooth and Absorb the Alchemy of Archaic Algorithms Be Bopped, Free Styled Aanndd Scatted! Where Fat Cats in wool caps with Churchill Cigars Swirling Single Malt Scotch Sending Sweet Moscato to One of the Baddest Bombshells the Human Brain Could Acknowledge Was only a Small Part, because the Roar from the Crowd's applause was so Loud, ... The Band Brought the Room to their Feet! Then The Word Got Around, That Spoken Word Could Be Found and Infused with Mellifluous Tunes, Griots and Orators, New Poets to Word Whores ripped Acapellas as well as recited from Journals. Thats why, Creve Couere, Clayton, the Cochrans and Baden Zoomed to the Spot that Burned Nova Hot, The Poets came Out! And St. Louis would Never be the same.Carl "7'' Grey