Hear this Week: Live Music in St. Louis December 5 – 10

Monday December 5, 2016

Live Music in St. Louis

Believe it when we say there is a lot of live music in St. Louis—Wallet Hub recently named St. Louis number one in the country for most live venues! Here are just a few Bands of Note:

Monday, December 5 – The Marcus King Band comes to the Duck Room at Blueberry Hill in University City. This will be a great time for anyone into fiery, original Americana roots music. Show starts at 8 with opening act local rockers Nick Bifano and the Innocents. $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

Tuesday, December 6 – Beloved local treasure Kim Massie and the Solid Senders take the stage at the Beale on Broadway tonight. Come hear the soul and R&B stylings of one of the most popular singers in St. Louis. 10:30, $10.

Wednesday, December 7 – At one point in time the Ozark Theatre Concert Hall in Webster Groves was a movie theater, but it has recently been turned into a listening room for music. Tonight the Route 66 Big Band starts swinging at 7. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

Thursday, December 8 – Three great acts play at the Schlafly Tap Room tonight: Edgefield C. Johnston Duo (Americana-laced garage pop); Oddsoul & the Sound (rock ‘n’ roll with flavors of blues, country, and jazz); and the Reimer Roth Duo (jammy originals). The music starts at 9, no cover.

Friday & Saturday, December 9 and 10 – Since 1975 we’ve had a wonderful folk music listening room in Maplewood called The Focal Point. Local legends Rough Shop play a unique mix of pop, rock, and Americana-inspired original songs. Their two-night holiday party is a tradition, with proceeds going to charity. Starts at 8, Friday’s tickets are $10, Saturday’s are $15.

What the Locals Know: For the professional jazz musician, Jazz at the Bistro is one of the finest listening rooms to play in the country. It’s an experience where an audience happily cuts the chatter to just listen. But … there’s also Nancy’s Jazz Lounge, a classy bar next door that features the live music act on a 90-inch TV and pipes in the wonderful music being played there. This is more casual, conversations ensue, and there’s never a cover. An absolute delight.

Music Note of Note: Great blues guitarist Albert King perfected his searing guitar sound during the 1950s and 1960s in this town’s vital blues and R&B scene. He’s been called “the most imitated blues guitarist in the world” and the bulk of his early work happened here – that’s why he has a spot on our St. Louis Walk of Fame.


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