Hear this Week – Live Music in St. Louis May 8 – 14
St. Louis is the crossroads of all things America, and that includes live music. Here are just a few Bands of Note:
Hear This Week
Monday, May 8 – There’s a very special show at Foam tonight as Extravision (Ryan Stier) from Iowa takes the stage to perform his beautifully layered acoustic psych-folk. Also on the bill are local acoustic acts Nubb and Deeds. Doors open at 7, $5.
Wednesday, May 10 – Can’t get much cooler than Sean Canan’s VooDoo Players, unless the VooDoo Players take on the music of Bob Marley. Catch the special show at the Broadway Oyster Bar. 9:30, $5.
Thursday, May 11 –Yaquis on Cherokee is offering up one of the town’s favorite blues bands, the Bottoms Up Blues Gang. Fronted by vocalist Kari Liston and guitarist Jeremy Segel-Moss, the group has electrified with their covers and originals of acoustic blues, soul, and jazz for 15 years. A hometown treasure. 8, no cover.
Friday, May 12 –Local star Brian Curran sings and plays authentic delta blues at the Naked Vine, a great wine, whiskey, and music venue in Chesterfield. 8, no cover.
Saturday, May 13th – Arguably this town’s most popular party band, Dr. Zhivegas takes the stage at the Lumiere Place Casino. 7 and 9:30 shows, $10.
Sunday, May 14 – What is promising to be one of this year’s biggest you-gotta-be-there tours, Chicago-based Chance the Rapper performs at our Scottrade Center. 8, $36–$76.
What the Locals Know: The Laumeier Art Fair celebrates its 30th year, and in addition to the obviously great art held in one of our nation’s greatest sculpture parks, it features great music. The fair is held May 12–14, and $10 gets you in. You’ll hear 11 great local bands including the previously mentioned Brian Curran. Also on the bill are Autumn’s Child, Trip Daddys, Funky Butt Brass Band, and Trixie Delight. A personal favorite is the gypsy jazz duo Dizzy Atmosphere playing at 2:30 on Saturday.
Music Note of Note: With the recent passing of Chuck Berry, we should also pause to remember our own Johnnie Johnson, who was the namesake of “Johnny B. Goode.” He helped Berry arrange a lot of songs but was in the shadows until Keith Richards’s documentary Hail, Hail Rock & Roll gave him his due. This great rock and blues pianist died in 2005, playing the blues at local bars and festivals up to the very end.
— Hear This Week is written by local writer, musician, and live music fan Kevin M. Mitchell