Hear this Week – Live Music in St. Louis August 21 – 26
This might be the last unofficial week of summer for many of us, especially those who have kids … did you know that a lot of places that have live music on weekend afternoons are especially kid-friendly? Can’t get the kids started too soon digging local live music, and so here are just a few Bands of Note:
Monday, August 21 – For an enjoyable, Rat Packy way to get into your week, stop by One 19 North Tapas and Wine Bar in Kirkwood and catch Dean Christopher. He does a scaleddown version of his Las Vegas tribute to his favorite crooners including Tom Jones, Elvis, and of course, Frank, Sammy, and Dino. 9, no cover.
Wednesday, August 23 – At the Venice Café, they turn down the lights and turn on the mic for the L.S. Xpress, a folk-rock quartet. 8, no cover.
Thursday, August 24 – At the illustrious Ready Room, the Alarm is bringing what will be a dynamic old-school show. This UK-based alternative rock/new wave band is still thrilling and challenging audiences everywhere. Doors open at 7, $25.
Friday, August 25 – The Killer Wails return to C.J. Muggs, a great pub in Webster Groves. This talented three-piece band plays R&B, rock, and dance music. 9, no cover.
Saturday, August 26 – The National Blues Museum offers you no better opportunity to kiss August goodbye than its Blues Blowout Concert. The Renaissance Band and Dexter Allen show you how it’s done on the stage of our newest national treasure. 7, $15-$20.
What the Locals Know – Every year in Tower Grove Park, the world descends on us to share culture from every corner of our globe with the Festival of Nations. This is our region’s premiere multicultural celebration that includes over 40 ethnic food booths while offering up nonstop music and dance. It’s free, and happens Saturday 10 a.m. to 7, and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6.
Music Note of Note: It’s a return to school for many of our kids, but their education isn’t complete without music. Our area is filled with great institutions and local music stores that can get your kids on the road to playing classical violin or rock drums. One of the premiere educational facilities is the Community Music School. There’s also Mozingo Music, a School of Rock, Tower Music, and so many other great ones. (Psst … they all also teach adults.)
— Hear This Week is written by local writer, musician, and live music fan Kevin M. Mitchell