9th Annual Royale Kentucky Derby Party w/ Sidney Street Shakers, The Thin Dimes w/ Madisen Ward & Mama Bear

9th Annual Royale Kentucky Derby Party w/ Sidney Street Shakers, The Thin Dimes w/ Madisen Ward & Mama Bear







Saturday May 3rd, 2014

Door 2pm, music starts at 2:30. Post time 5:24pm.

Ladies, procure your finest Derby hat and spring dresses. Gentlemen, get your seersucker suits pressed and your hats boxed. It is time to cheer on the ponies at the 9th Annual Royale Kentucky Derby Party on Saturday May 3rd. We have a hat contest for both the ladies and the gents. Proper Derby dress code will be enforced.

A full lineup of live music is on slate w/ the Sidney Street Shakers along with the Thin Dimes and a very special guest from Kansas City, Madisen Ward.

Mint Juleps and featured cocktails will be available at an additional satellite bar in order to keep the cheer flowing.

A limited number of advance $8 tickets(4 per person) are available at the Royale, and there will be allotted tickets available for $10 on the day of the race.

The party starts at 2pm with the music starting at 2:30. Post time at 5:24 and the music will continue until 8:30.

The HAT + STYLE CONTEST is set to start after the winner of the Derby is announced; around 5:30 p.m.


You must SIGN UP if you want to be in the contest. Look for the fancy sign-up sheets, once you arrive Saturday, either out on the patio or indoors in case of rain.

2013 HAT CONTEST CATEGORIES (one per person please):
Churchill Downs– best LADIES hat & ensemble
Triple Crown –best GENTS hat & ensemble
Derby Duo –best stylin’ COUPLES hats & ensemble
Colt and Filly –best GIRL’S and BOY’S ensemble
The Mint Julep–special recognition award for best dressed ROYALE STAFF person!

Retro 101 / Cherry Bomb Vintage
St. Louis Curio Shoppe
Levine Hat Company
The Vintage Haberdashery
Brooks Brothers
-and other great local STL shops!

June DJ Dates

Here’s the remainder of our June DJ calendar:

Friday, 6/7: Jim Utz of Vintage Vinyl
Saturday, 6/8: Bruiser Queen
Tuesday, 6/11: Mark & Mrs.
Thursday, 6/13: Scott Allen & Posse
Friday, 6/14: 18andcounting
Saturday, 6/15: Rob Levy of KDHX
Tuesday, 6/18: Cocoabutter
Thursday, 6/20: John Gassel of Brick City Social Club
Friday, 6/21: Mark Early of Tone Rodent
Saturday, 6/22: TANK
Tuesday, 6/25: Florida
Thursday, 6/27: Left of the Dial
Friday, 6/28: Thomas Crone
Saturday, 6/29: Matt Harnish of Bunnygrunt/Vintage Vinyl

October Events

Lots of great deejays and special events this month:

Thursday, October 4: David Kirkland
Friday, October 5: Jim Utz of Vintage Vinyl
Saturday, October 6: Rock the Vote party featuring live music by Mark Heil, Black Cat Heart Attack, Peter Noire and deejay sets by Jeff Burns, Derek Montaigne and RJ Swansin
Sunday, October 7: Cocktail Museum
Monday, October 8: Vinyl Side Monday
Tuesday, October 9: Dr. Ferocious
Thursday, October 11: JJ, plus Vice Presidential Debate Watch on the patio
Friday, October 12: Jet Star
Saturday, October 13: Robert Griffin
Sunday, October 14: Cocktail Museum
Monday, October 15: Vinyl Side Monday
Tuesday, October 16: Dr. Ferocious vs. DJ Whitey
Thursday, October 18: John Gassel
Friday, October 19: Mark Early
Saturday, October 20: Cuban Missile Crisis Party (period attire requested)
Sunday, October 21: Cocktail Museum
Monday, October 22: Vinyl Side Monday
Tuesday, October 23: TBA
Thursday, October 25: Scott Fiss & Mike Evans
Friday, October 26: Thomas Crone
Saturday, October 27: Very Special DJ
Sunday, October 28: Cocktail Sunday
Monday, October 29: Vinyl Side Monday
Tuesday, October 30: TBA
Wednesday, October 31: The Club Royal Experience with Thomas Crone vs. Mike Herr (grown & sexy attire requested)

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Feast Day Q/A

A Q/A with Sharon Smith, Curator of Civic and Personal Identity, Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center. She’ll be speaking tomorrow at The Royale, during our Feast Day activities. Some tips as to what to expect.

Discuss, if you would, the initial work surrounding “Kettle to Keg.” For example, what are the components needed to research that moment in our history?
I did a lot of background research on the many breweries that existed in St. Louis from the earliest in 1810 until the beginning of Prohibition for the exhibit “Kettle to Keg.” We purposely stopped prior to Prohibition because we thought that was possibly another exhibit altogether. In order to research the many 19th century breweries in St. Louis I needed to look through the city directories for where they were located, check archival materials for any information about their history as well as other books written generally on the topic of brewing.

Of all the beer companies that existed here, there are some that still have some “name-brand” value around St. Louis. Are there any interesting, smaller breweries or lines or product that have caught your attention?
I am somewhat curious about the new generations of the old family name breweries, such as Lemp and Busch reinventing their brands.

To what degree did Prohibition forever impact the brewing industry here?
Prohibition was one major factor impacting brewing in St. Louis. Prior to Prohibition, and at the brewing heyday in St. Louis, there were over 30 breweries competing in the city. By the time of Prohibition only a few still existed, due in part to some consolidation of companies and some just not continuing to compete with the bigger ones. St. Louis headed into Prohbition with Lemp and AB still going, but AB was the main one standing when Prohibition ended. The breweries that survived where those that could find ways to sell “legitimate” products or at least disguise products they sold to look legitimate. AB was especially good at this.

To your mind, what are some necessary ingredients to any feast? Food, drink, good company and…?
When I think feast I think lots of people and lots of stories and reminiscing along with the food and drink. The atmosphere is usually happy and party-like.

How will your lecture be built and when will it occur?
My lecture will mostly look at the many 19th century breweries that exploded in the city and how many of them were of a German nature introducing that new lager brand of beer. I understand from Steven that it will occur around 2:30 on Saturday and there will be time for a Q & A, although I suspect many that attend the Feast will know as much or more than I.