Hear this Week – Live Music in St. Louis May 22 – 28
As the weather turns warmer, the local music scene gets hotter. Get out this week and hear some of these Bands of Note:
Wednesday, May 24 – There is always delectable local jazz at The Dark Room, and if you’re looking for something different and even challenging, you won’t be disappointed by The Kasimu-tet hosted by trumpeter Kasimu Taylor. Their abstract and lush improvisations applied to original and standards makes for a stimulating night of music. 9, no cover.
Thursday, May 25 – Those looking for a local smooth jazz experience won’t be disappointed going to Troy’s Jazz Gallery. Tonight they feature The Mahogany Experience. 9, $10.
Friday, May 26 – The Ameristar Casino Resort & Spa has a great room for live music, the Bottleneck Blues Bar. Local rockers Superjam take the stage where they will knock out their covers of stadium rock from the 70s and 80s. Doors open at 7, $5.
Friday and Saturday, May 26–27 – In the 1980s and 1990s, one club in town reigned above all others: Mississippi Nights on Laclede’s Landing. It folded in 2007, but now there’s a festival capturing the spirit of it in the first ever Mississippi Nights Festival. Friday night is free, Saturday tickets are $10 each or $15 for two; festivities start at 7 on Friday and 3 on Saturday. Local bands including Steve Ewing, Jake’s Leg, Miss Jubilee, Bottoms Up Blues Band, and the Sigmund Frauds, among a dozen others.
Sunday, May 28 – The great local blues guitarist Marquise Knox takes the stage at the National Blues Museum for another edition of its Soulful Sunday program. 4, $10–$20.
What the Locals Know: Every Spring, St. Charles hosts the Missouri River Irish Fest, so go and get your Celtic on. Starting Friday the 26 and going through Sunday the 28, there’s music, dance programs, Irish-related vendors, and fun activities for the kiddos. Lots of toe-tapping music every day and night, but the highlight is Kansas City-based The Elders, a rockin’ original Irish band that plays at 9 both Friday and Saturday nights.
Music Note of Note: St. Louis has a rich musical theater history, and one of our local treasures is acclaimed Broadway dancer, actor, singer, theater director, and Webster University College professor, Lara Teeter. He performs occasionally at the Muny, and often teaches workshops. He will be teaching a Broadway Bootcamp with former student Kirstin Chenoweth next month in Broken Arrow, Okla.
— Hear This Week is written by local writer, musician, and live music fan Kevin M. Mitchell