Hear this Week: Live Music in St. Louis October 24 – 29

Monday October 24, 2016

Live Music in St. Louis

The sheer variety of acts in St. Louis is outpaced only by the talent of the musicians who perform here. Get out and hear some of these Bands of Note:

Monday, October 14 – At the Shaved Duck, Dizzy Atmosphere plays from 5:30 to 8:30 while patrons dine on fine BBQ and soul food. This violin/guitar duo plays great jazz from Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli through the Latin jazz work of Carlos Jobim and Xavier Cugat. A treat. No cover.

Wednesday, October 26 – Get to the picturesque Sheldon Concert Hall and catch Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen, two of our most acclaimed singer-songwriters (both from Texas, y’all). This will be a fusion of folk, jazz, country, and blues that will also have some laughs. Starts at 8, tickets $60-$100.

Thursday, October 27 – Take two outstanding musicians from our St. Louis Symphony, combine them with two of our best jazz musicians, blend, puree, and whip, and you get the 442s. This exciting acoustic group melds jazz, classical, folk, and rock genres. They perform at Jazz at the Bistro, a classy listening room. Starts at 7:30, $16.50.

Saturday, October 29 – As our local magazine Eleven puts it, “Money for Guns’ cigarette-stained vocals and woeful strumming is appeasing enough to quell a hangover.” These local original alt rockers are having a CD release party at Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room tonight. Show starts at 8, $8.

Saturday, October 29 – Shhhh … don’t tell the coppers, but we have a speakeasy—Thaxton’s Speakeasy, we tell ya. It’s downtown, it’s underground, and you have to know the password (get on the list via its website). Sweetie with Chase Garrett will be dishing out upbeat boogie and sultry blues. Starts at 9, $5 if you know the password, double dat if you don’t.

What the Locals Know: Seven nights a week you’ll hear great blues at the 1860’s Saloon in Soulard—but what we know is they also have great players on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2. Catch Tony Hall, Joe Lewis, Fred Pierce, Steve Pecaro, and so many other great acts who play those afternoons regularly. No cover.

Music Note of Note: Since the year Lucky Lindy flew the Spirit of St. Louis across the Atlantic (1927), our wonderful Casa Loma Ballroom has been the place to go to hear live big band music and kick up your heels (comfortably too, as the floor is maple wood laid on top of a one-inch bed of rubber). While other old-school ballrooms fade, this institution remains vibrant. Glenn Miller, Stan Kenton, Tommy Dorsey all played here back in the day, and our best bands continue to keep it swingin’.

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