Hear this Week – Live Music in St. Louis May 1 – 6
St. Louis is the live music capital of the U.S., with scores of opportunities to catch great music every week! Here are just a few Bands of Note:
Monday, May 1 – Since the 1970s, pianist Pat Joyce has been dazzling audiences in taverns and restaurants all over town. Our true “piano man” will tickle the ivories at Evangeline’s. 7, no cover.
Wednesday, May 3 – Local singing sensation Roland Johnson and the Soul Endeavor take the stage at Beale on Broadway tonight. Get out and catch this smokin’ collection of blues, soul, funk, and rock and roll. 10:30, $7.
Thursday, May 4 – You don’t really know what the guitar is capable of until you catch the whimsical stunningly talented California Guitar Trio. Celebrating their 25th year together, they take the stage at the Old Rock House for an intimate evening of great acoustic music. 7, $15–$23.
Friday, May 5 – It’s Cinco de Mayo, baby! Lots to do, eat, and hear, but discerning ears will want to be Jazz at the Bistro. There, Kevin Bowers, one of our most respected drummers (he was recently featured in Modern Drummer), is performing his Latin-tinged album Nova. Accompanying him are some of our town’s greatest rock, blues, and jazz musicians. 7:30, $20.
Saturday, May 6 – Legendary LA punk band X come to Delmar Hall on a tour celebrating their 40th year. (Do punk bands celebrate? Do they stick together for four decades? Discuss amongst yourselves.) Doors open at 7, $30.
What the Locals Know: Nobody throws a street festival like Cherokee Street in South St. Louis, and when you add in a Cinco de Mayo celebration to that cool collection of shops, restaurants, and bars, and you are guaranteed a good time. It happens May 6 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Cherokee between Nebraska and Jefferson. There are lots of music acts reflective of the multicultural and spirited eclectic community in this neighborhood.
Music Note of Note: It was April 15th, 1958, when Buddy Holly’s guitar, a Fender Stratocaster, was stolen from the Crickets’ station wagon while the group stopped to have lunch before a gig at our old Kiel Auditorium. The gig was part of Alan Freed’s Big Beat Show that also featured Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, the Chantels, and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. Apparently he got a hold of a substitute six-string somewhere and the show went on.
— Hear This Week is written by local writer, musician, and live music fan Kevin M. Mitchell