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

Monday February 5, 2018

The weather is cold now, so let’s warm ourselves up with some smokin’ live music with these few Bands of Note:

Monday, February 5 – At the Shaved Duck, Dizzy Atmosphere plays from 5:30 to 8:30 while patrons dine on fine BBQ and soul food. This violin/guitar duo plays great jazz from Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli through the Latin jazz work of Carlos Jobim and Xavier Cugat. A treat. No cover.

Tuesday, February 6 – Bearings is at Fubar. This power pop quartet hails from Ottawa and are getting noticed with their latest recording, Home Is … Hold Close and Pastures open. Doors open at 6, $13.

Wednesday, February 7 – At the always wonderful Evangeline’s Bistro and Music House, two of our greatest local musicians, Glen Smith and Eric Slaughter, team up for an evening of great jazz, swing, and more. 7 pm, no cover.

Friday, February 9 – Indie rockers They Might Be Giants take the stage at the Pageant for what will surely be a multi-instrumental evening of wacky fun. Doors open at 7 pm, $25.

Saturday, February 10 – The annual Marleyfest is back at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room for the 11th time. Reggae madness will ensue as the local Murder City Band lead an evening filled with special guests. 9 pm, $15.

What the Locals Know: If you’re itchin’ to get your country on, our own Ballpark Village serves up its “Hot Country Nights” series. This Friday, the 9th, you’ll hear national recording artist Josh Turner do the pickin’ and a grinnin’. 8 pm, $20.

Music Note of Note: Melbourne E. Bay was born in 1913 in the tiny Ozark Mountain town of Bunker. He bought a guitar at 13, taught himself, and moved to St. Louis in 1933 to make it as a professional musician. He would teach guitar to supplement his living, and in 1947 he formed Mel Bay Publications, publishing a guitar method that went on to be one of the best-selling in the world. He built a publishing empire here, and the company still publishes his work. He died in 1997 at 84, still playing guitar every day.

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

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