Hear this Week: Live Music in St. Louis September 26 – September 30

Monday September 26, 2016

Live Music in St. Louis

St. Louis is the center of the country not only geographically, but also musically. From classical music to the birth of the blues through hip hop and rap, it’s all here. Here are just a few Bands of Note:

Monday, September 26 – For nearly 40 years our very own Soulard Blues Band has been entertaining everyone in earshot with their upbeat rockin’ blues. Find them tonight, and almost every Monday, at the Broadway Oyster Bar starting at 9, where they host an open jam that is the longest running blues jam session in the nation! $5.

Tuesday, September 27 – Pop stars times two are around tonight when Billboard chart-topper Andy Grammer & multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw perform at the Peabody Opera House. You’ve downloaded the co-headliners’ catchy pop tunes, now see them live. They will even sing a song or two together. Tickets start at $26.50, doors open at 7.

Wednesday, September 28 – Popular local cover band Griffin and the Gargoyles (named best cover band in 2010 by the Riverfront Times) will be performing their inspired takes on your favorite rock, funk, and hip-hop hits at JP’s Corner in South County. Show starts at 7:00. No cover.

Thursday, September 29 – Bill Charlap is one of the most admired interpreters of the Great American Songbook, and he brings his joyful piano proficiencies to the best jazz listening room in the Midwest, Jazz at the Bistro. This guy has played with likes of Tony Bennett and Phil Woods, so treat yourself to his trio. Tickets start at $35, 7:30; two shows Friday, 7:30 and 11.

Friday, September 30 – Theo Peoples isn’t just a local legend – he’s the only singer who has been a member of both the Temptations and the Four Tops. Catch him covering their songs and a lot more of Motown (including some of his own tunes) at Bartolino’s South in South County. Starts at 8, no cover.

What the Locals Know: There are always free concerts in this town, and one of our favorites is at the Missouri History Museum. Their Twilight Tuesday series this week (September 27) features local rockers Queens Boulevard “taking it to the streets into the 1980s hit parade,” as they like to say. Like so many other wonderful events in town, this is free. A strolling magician kicks it off at 5:30 and the band starts playing at 7:30.

Music Note of Note: In 1876 the nation was celebrating its centennial, and St. Louis was coming into its own as a sophisticated city appreciative of the arts. In a storefront on the river, Alex Ludwig opened his Ludwig Aeolian piano store. The store would peddle sets of ivories for 113 years before it closed, but a stunning four-story building built in 1905 still stands at 1104 Olive, the place it called home for more than four decades.

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