Hear this Week – Live Music in St. Louis May 29 – June 2
Don’t tell St. Louisans that Memorial Day is the “unofficial” opening of summer, because we are already wearing white shoes. This is a great festival town, and there are an amazing amount of festivals starting here and now, in addition to more live music happenin’ in general. Here are just a few Happenings of Note:
Hear This Week: Memorial Day Special Edition
Monday, May 29 – Get out and Eat, Drink, and Hear Great Music
- African Arts Festival. At 1:00 p.m. Rodney & Ayiti Rara perform an inspired drum call, followed at 1:30 by music and dance of the Congo. Then at 4:30 be there for Non Stop Reggae, one of our town’s best-known reggae bands. World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park, Free.
- Greek Fest. At Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Town & Country. Authentic Greek music by local musicians, all day long. Free.
- Hermann (MO) Memorial Day Celebration. About a 90-minute drive from St. Louis is the lush, beautiful German town of Hermann, which is chock full of wineries. Tonight the Hermann City Band performs a Memorial Day Concert featuring marches, overtures, show tunes, and patriotic music. At Hermann Amphitheater at 7:30. Free.
Tuesday, May 30 – At BB’s Jazz, Blues, and Soups we have Blind Willie and the Broadway Collective playing some amazing blues to get your (unofficial) summer headed in the right direction. 9, $10.
Friday, June 2 – Go to the dark side and check out three original up-and-coming local bands at the Heavy Anchor: Paperkit (dark wave/experimental); Powder River (STL horrow/shoegaze); and Giant Monsters on the Horizon (electronic). 9, $7.
Friday-Sunday, June 2-4 –Webster Groves hosts an annual Webster Arts Fair, which features nonstop music on three stages. Friday highlights include Flying House (6:30) and Grooveliner (8:15); Saturday’s include the Walrus is Paul (3:30) and the Hot Flashes (5:30); Sunday be there for local favorite Jake’s Leg at 3:00. But you can’t go wrong showing up whenever, as there are over 40 acts total! Free.
What the Locals Know: Pretty much the best blues band in the Midwest hosts a jam every Monday at the wonderful Broadway Oyster Bar. Do yourself a favor and bring your ax (or air guitar) and enjoy the Soulard Blues Band Open Jam, the longest running blues session in the nation! 9, $5.
Music Note of Note: The diversity of international music we get to experience (like the African Arts Fest and the Greek Fest this week) is a local treasure. Our International Institute contributes indirectly by welcoming new Americans to our community. The ethnic diversity makes our home culturally and economically stronger – and allows for more great music.
– Hear This Week is written by local writer, musician, and live music fan Kevin M. Mitchell