Hear this Week: Live Music in St. Louis December 19 – 24

Tuesday December 20, 2016

Live Music in St. Louis

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 – Wednesday, December 19-21 – Doesn’t get any more festive than this: At Jazz at the Bistro, Jazz St. Louis Big Band plays Duke Ellington’s version of the Nutcracker Suite. Two shows a night, 7:30 and 9:30, tickets are $26.50.

Wednesday, December 21 – 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. Be prepared to sing along to “Sweet Caroline.” If you get there between 7:00 and 9:00, there’s no cover; otherwise it’s $5.

Friday, December 23 – Party it up with local alt rockers the Dock Ellis Band at Off Broadway. Singer/Songwriter Emily Wallace joins in the fun (and they are fun as they whiz-bang through their material of real country music from some old lost honky tonk jukebox). Make yours a very twanging Christmas. They take the stage at 11:00, $10.

Friday, December 23 – It’s a very Motown Christmas at Beale on Broadway as our number one diva, Kim Massie, does what is sure to be an amazing holiday show. Two performances, 7:00 and 9:00, $15.

Saturday, December 24 – It was the night before Christmas, and all through the Hollywood Casino was the sound of R3hab. Headed by Fadil El Ghoul, a Dutch DJ, record producer, and remixer, and you should stop by to hear why he’s already won the IDMA Best Breakthrough Artist Award. The boogie night event starts at 8:00, $5.

What the Locals Know: Our town, named for a saint, is rich in religious music, and it is all on display at houses of worship throughout the area on Christmas Day. To experience a traditional mass at our Cathedral Basilica in all its Christmas Glory is certainly an inspiring way to spend the 25th. There’s a midnight mass and an 8:00 a.m. Christmas Mass. The mosaic installation is one of the largest in the world, and to hear the choir in this 102-year-old church is glorious.

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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