Hear this Week – Live Music in St. Louis January 23 – 28
Live Music in St. Louis
Wallet Hub has crowned St. Louis number one for most live music venues (tied with Las Vegas). Here are just a few Bands of Note:
Tuesday, January 24 – One man band Matt Lorenz, performing under the name “The Suitcase Junket,” brings his raw instrumentation and truly original songwriting to Off Broadway. Doors open at 7:30, $10.
Wednesday, January 25 – Over at the Focal Point in Maplewood, there is a special edition of their “Songbird Café” event featuring four great singer-songwriters: Joe Bizelli, Hope Dunbar, Kenny Lee Hall, and from Nashville, Aprille Goodman. The music starts flowing at 7:30, $20.
Thursday, January 26 – Have a fever for some high-octane Rockabilly? The doctor called, and the cure is Everett Dean and the Lonesome Hearts at the 1860’s Saloon. In addition to their own foot-stompin’ original tunes, they play great songs from the 1950s through the 1970s. 9, no cover.
Friday, January 27 – At The Pageant in University City, the Drive-By Truckers stop by. Founded in 1996, this alternative country/Southern rock quartet tells great stories in a sonic ambitious way. Hard-edged and finely honed tunes are heard from popular quartet, and they’ll be playing songs from their new “American Band” album. 8:00, $25 in advance, $28 at the door.
Saturday, January 28 – Across the river in St. Charles at Hollywood Casino’s 99 Hops House you’ll find local blues guitarist/singer Kevin Bilchik performing. He has a great band, but he’ll be doing a solo gig here on this night. 9, no cover.
What the Locals Know: Every Wednesday, at the Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood, there’s The Big “B” Jamboree – a raucous open mic/jam session covering music from the 1900s to the 1950s. If you’re into jazz, blues, folk, country, western swing, and/or rockabilly of that era, you gotta get over there. Banjo optional. 8, no cover.
Music Note of Note: Elwood Buchanan was born here in 1907, and learned to play trumpet from Joseph Gustat, the principal trumpeter with the St. Louis Symphony. He played in local dance bands before becoming a music teacher, and then became the first to teach 13-year-old Miles Davis trumpet. He would admonish the future jazz great when he played with too much vibrato, setting up the young artist to explore the “cool, east-coast” style he’d be known for.
Hear This Week is written by local writer, musician, and live music fan Kevin M. Mitchell