Festus man's 'The Voice' appearance shows off local music scene

FESTUS, Mo. (KSDK) - Patrick Thomson's battle round appearance on NBC's "The Voice" Tuesday night won't just help his own music career. It could also help the burgeoning music scene in Festus get national exposure.

"There's a lot of talent out here that doesn't get the spotlight that it deserves," said Luke Tetrault, whose family owns and operates Taytro's Bar & Bistro in Festus. "The fact that Patrick's out there leading the way, there couldn't be a better musician in the area to lead our charge. I think it's going to be great for everybody."

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Thomson is a musical fixture at Taytro's, and has been a close friend of Tetrault's for years.

Shortly after Thomson's successful audition on "The Voice" was televised, he played a show at Taytro's – something familiar for music fans in the region, despite his success.

"There were a few people who were like 'yeah, he's on 'The Voice,' that's the coolest thing," Tetrault said. "But really, it's just our buddies coming to see Pat play, just having a good time."

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Thomson wowed judges Blake Shelton and Adam Levine with his performance of the Marshall Tucker Band's "Can't You See," --- ultimately deciding to become a part of Team Adam.

During the Battle Round, he'll sing "Whenever I Call You Friend" by Kenny Loggins and Stevie Nicks with Kat Perkins, a full-time nanny for a family of five who started an unofficial band on a whim.

Thomson, by contrast, is a member of two bands – Black Tie Affair and Tricky-n-M.E., which regularly perform around the St. Louis area.

Tetrault says Thomson's musical style is hard to pin down.

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"I know Patrick real well, so I know that he has a very eclectic view of music," he said. "Just pinpointing him is always tough. He can really sing anything, you know, from Joe Cocker to Blind Melon, he really does a great time with it. If it's good music, you can expect him to try to sing it."

Music isn't Thomson's only talent, according to Tetrault. He helped put in the tile at Taytros, and "build that place from the ground up."

"He's probably just as good at carpentry as he is at singing," Tetrault said. "He can rewire your entire business…and manage it too."

Tetrault thinks Thomson's appearance on "The Voice" will only help the community. That's why he's met with multiple business owners and city officials, and led an effort to make t-shirts and print posters to build his fan base.

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"We're really just trying to get the word out. We want everybody to know," he said. "The biggest thing is we want to bring 'The Voice' out here, out to Crystal City, out to Festus."

That's why he's helping coordinate what he describes as a "huge" watch party.

"The biggest thing is really putting the spotlight on our community out here," Tetrault said. "There's so many good things going out here for people to know."

It's been a lot of work for Tetrault, but he says it's worth it.

"I feel like his promotional manager," he said. "I've barely got time for my restaurant. But I love doing it because he's one of my best friends in the world."

You can cheer on Patrick during "The Voice" battle rounds on Monday night on NewsChannel 5 starting at 7 p.m.


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