Hear this Week – Live Music in St. Louis July 31 – August 4
St. Louis is the crossroads of all things America, and that includes live music. Here are just a few Bands of Note:
Monday, July 31 – The Bellerive Park Summer Concert Series continues, and tonight the bluegrass trio Three Crooked Men take the stage. Along with the live music, there are always craft fairs and children’s book-reading with the St. Louis Public Library during concert intermission. 7, free.
Tuesday, August 1 – Ryan Adams will likely sell out the Pageant, so make your plans and get your tickets right away. Next time he comes through he’ll likely be playing a bigger venue. Doors open at 7, $40–$60.
Wednesday, August 2 – All the way from Jersey, Brick + Mortar comes to the Firebird. This two-piece indie pop duo is known for their choppy rhythms, smooth bass lines, intricate drumming, and solid lyrics. They’ve opened for Imagine Dragons so check them out. Yoke Lore and Hope & Therapy open for them. 7:30, $12–$14.
Thursday, August 3 – One of our finest sax players, Vince Sala, brings his instrumental jazz trio to that beloved institution, the Pat Connolly Tavern. Jazz with a burger and Irish beer? Count us in. 8, no cover.
Friday, August 4 – If you’re in the mood for some genre-bending renditions of classic and modern tunes from the likes of Johnny Cash, the Kinks, the Eagles, and even Mumford & Sons, head southwest to Eureka to O’Dell’s Irish Pub & Ale House where the Meramec Valley Misfits take the stage. 8:30, no cover.
What the Locals Know: August brings us Blues at the Arch, where every Friday at the North Gateway near the Eads Bridge there’s a free blues concert. This Friday it’s Lil’ Ray Neal Blues Band (he’s from Baton Rouge so he must know about the blues). Our own Big George Brock opens for him. Featured the next Fridays in order are: David Dee, Mark “Muleman” Massey, and Dexter Knox. 6:30, free.
Music Note of Note: There was a time a while back – oh, say a hundred years – when sheet music stores were on every corner. They have dwindled in the internet age, but we’re lucky to have the largest in the Midwest here in our county. Midwest Sheet Music started humbly enough in 1998 in a small 400-square-foot shop. Today it has the largest selection of all genres of music for all instruments you’ll likely find anywhere.
— Hear This Week is written by local writer, musician, and live music fan Kevin M. Mitchell