Hear this Week – Live Music in St. Louis December 11 – 17

Monday December 11, 2017

Holidays are for getting together with friends and family – put a group together and go out and hear some fabulous local live music. Here are just a few Bands of Note:

Monday, December 11 – Get your week started off on the right foot and head to BB’s Jazz, Blues and Soups. Music Unlimited, the Filipino lounge band (yes that’s a thing), comes from the Big Apple to play BB’s once again. 8, $10.

Thursday, December 14 – For a howlin’ good time, get to the dueling piano bar at Howl at the Moon in Ballpark Village downtown. They have a rotating group of pianists who are not only amazingly talented, but usually hilarious too. No doubt holiday tunes will ensue along with the usual “Sweet Caroline.” From 7-9, no cover; otherwise it’s $5.

Friday, December 15 – It’s actually not painful at all, so get to the Old Rock House for Jon Wayne and the Pain, electronic reggae-dub innovators from the Twin Cities. Backup Planet opens. Doors open at 8, $15.

Friday, December 15thOn the third Friday of every month, the ever cool Third Degree Glass Factory throws a party for all ages. It features original art, glass blowing demonstrations, and great gifts for sale. The band this month is the Steve Kauffmann Trio, a local trio fronted by one of our town’s greatest sax players. They play instrumentals from the early days of R&B and rock and roll … and jazzy holiday tunes of course. Doors open at 7, free.

Saturday, December 16 – The Kranzberg Arts Foundation presents “Joyful Noize! Rockn’ the Holidayz,” and what they lack in proper spelling procedures, they more than make up in serving up a good time. This show features our best pop and rock ’n’ roll musicians. 2, $20.

Sunday, December 17 – St. Louis Symphony Orchestra join with the Holiday Festival Chorus for a concert full of timeless holiday classics. This is an annual tradition for many St. Louisans, so if you haven’t already, make it your own. 2, $45–$77.

What the Locals Know: Lindenwood, a local four-year university, has a beautiful looking and sounding performing arts center. Saturday, December 16, they present the Colors of Christmas featuring a star-studded gaggle of performers, including Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis Jr., Ruben Studdard, and more, singing holiday tunes. 8, $39–$79.

Music Note of Note: The third most popular Christmas tune of all time is “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” which first appeared in the 1944 film Meet Me in St. Louis. It was sung by Judy Garland on Christmas Eve of 1903, right before the opening of our 1904 World’s Fair. While filmed entirely on MGM’s backlot, the musical debuted here on November 22, 1944.

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