Hear this Week – Live Music in St. Louis June 12 – 18
The nice weather is upon us, and there are a lot of sweet sounds to be heard outside with outdoor concerts and festivals abounding. Here are just a few Happenings of Note:
Hear This Week:
Monday, June 12 – In Webster Groves at the historic Hawken House, you can see the first show of a free concert series. It kicks off in style with the bluegrass/country band the Mighty Pines. Bring lawn chairs and food and drink as they jam away on the front porch. 7, free.
Wednesday, June 14 – In downtown Clayton locals are celebrating 35 years of their “Parties in the Park” Series. The always entertaining variety band Griffin and the Gargoyles will be doing what they can to live up to Clayton’s claim that this is the “largest after-work happy hour.” 5, free.
Friday, June 16 – The world lost a great musician and songwriter when Gregg Allman passed away recently, but Devon Allman lost a father. Devon was supposed to play the Old Rock House tonight but understandably canceled. Sean Canan’s Voodoo Players have stepped in and will be doing a special tribute to Gregg. Proceeds go to Gregg’s Scholarship Fund. 9, $20.
Saturday, June 17 – Jesse Gannon & The Truth comes to our Jazz at the Bistro. Their music defies description, but we’ll try anyway: improvisational elements of soul, broken-beat, and post-bop grooves with lyrical melodies. 7:30 and 9:30, $20.
Sunday, June 18 – Sure you could get dad a tie … or take him to hear a great band! Pack up a beer cooler and head to Carondelet Park for the Sunday Concert Series for Tommy Halloran’s Guerrilla Swing band. 7, free. (Dads like “free”!)
What the Locals Know: One of the best open mic nights in town is at the 1860s Saloon, which is held every Tuesday. Bring your guitar, your songs, and your self-confidence (if you’re short on the latter, their full bar will come in handy.) 9, free.
Music Note of Note: A list of the top five most important members of St. Louis’ live music scene would certainly include Mark O’Shaughnessy—and he’d probably be number one. Mark was owner of BB’s Jazz, Blues, & Soups, which since 1976 has been a beacon music attracting national talent while giving local up-and-comers a chance. Mark passed away two weeks ago, but his legacy will live on.
– Hear This Week is written by local writer, musician, and live music fan Kevin M. Mitchell