Hear this Week – Live Music in St. Louis April 10 – 16

Monday April 10, 2017

Like everyone else, St. Louis peeps must pay their taxes by Saturday … but out at our 50-plus live venues, there are musicians paying their dues. Check them out! Specifically, these Bands of Note:

Monday, April 10 – Over at Pop’s Blue Moon it’s another edition of “Keep it Grassy Mondays” where local musician Gerard Erker and friends play great bluegrass music. If you have your fiddle or mandolin, they will probably let you sit in. 8, no cover.

Tuesday, April 11 – Local musicians Glen Smith and Eric Slaughter join forces to play their jazzy, bluesy, and foot-tap-inducing music at Evangeline’s. 7, no cover.

Thursday, April 13 – Through his 17-year career that includes a dozen albums, Aaron Watson has always put on a great show filled with character-driven songs. This is real country music, folks, so stop by our new Delmar Hall tonight and you’ll hear how it’s done. 8, $20.

Saturday, April 15 – Taxes done? Then treat yourself to catching some sets of Big Rain, a local all-star cover band that concentrates on play new rock including tunes from OneRepublic, Imagine Dragons, Pharrell, Maroon 5, and others. They perform at one of our best kept secrets: Sky Music Lounge in West County. 9, $10.

Sunday, April 16 – We welcome one of the newer music venues in town, Troy’s Jazz Gallery. This Sunday they bring Shades of Jade from Kansas City. This sextet, lead by trumpeter and St. Louis native Joshua Williams, are genre-breaking, mixing jazz with R&B and hip hop. 6, $15.

What the Locals Know: Every Sunday, the Dark Room Brunch Sessions happen—always a wonderful combination of good food and music. This Sunday the Tommy Halloran band serves up a gumbo of jazz, blues, bossa nova, folk, and even rock and roll. 11 a.m., no cover.

Music Note of Note: Hard to believe we lost Chuck Berry a month ago. This pioneer is considered by many to be the true king. When asked what caused the popularity of rock ’n’ roll that took place in the 1950s, Berry said, “Well, actually they begin to listen to it, you see, because certain stations played certain music. The music that we, the blacks, played, the cultures were so far apart, we would have to have a play station in order to play it. The cultures begin to come together, and you begin to see one another’s vein of life, then the music came together.”

Hear This Week is written by local writer, musician, and live music fan Kevin M. Mitchell

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