Hear this Week – Live Music in St. Louis March 20 – 26
Spring is trying to break through here, so better take your umbrella with you lest she douses you with rain on your way out to hear great live music … here are just a few of this week’s Bands of Note:
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Monday & Tuesday, March 20 & 21 – The legendary Latin jazz pioneer Poncho Sanchez brings his band to Jazz at the Bistro. He’s dazzling the audience for two shows each night, 7:30 and 9:30. $40.
Thursday, March 23 – The chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band Gaelic Storm comes to the Sheldon Concert Hall. They’ll be playing new songs off their latest release, Matching Sweaters, an album that mixes traditional Irish music with modern influences. 8, $30-$35.
Friday, March 24 – Bryan Foggs has been on the local scene for quite some time and has been lending his soulful vocals to some of the town’s most popular variety bands (Galaxy, Encore). He’s got his own group now, and he covers hit R&B, pop, and light jazz tunes at Nesby’s in South County. 8, No cover.
Saturday, March 25 – If you like your 80s rock, Helen Fitzgerald’s in South County is the place to be as the band Platinum Rock Legends takes the stage. They will turn the place into a big dance party. They claim over 20 authentically impersonated rock icons, from boy bands to hair bands. 9, no cover.
Sunday, March 26 – At Howards in Soulard, PicN’Lic’n, a rocking “new grass” band is worth checking out. The six-piece band plays with a lot of energy and humor. The pickin’ starts at 2, no cover.
What the Locals Know: You haven’t had a “throwback Thursday” until you’ve thrown it all the way back to Prohibition … at Thaxton Speakeasy, they celebrate “Prohibition Thursday” with live music of the era every single week. You must get on the list and get the secret password to get in – which is done in a decidedly un-1930s way: on their website.
Music Note of Note: In 1919, the St. Louis Municipal Opera Theatre (“Muny” for short) opened and has entertaining crowds ever since. It is the oldest and largest continually operating outdoor theater in the country, and offers 1,500 free seats in the last nine rows – first come, first served.
Hear This Week is written by local writer, musician, and live music fan Kevin M. Mitchell