Hear this Week – Live Music in St. Louis October 23 – 28
If you play the blues, or if you’re a fan of the blues, you come through or to St. Louis. Since W. C. Handy allegedly wrote the first official blues song, “St. Louis Blues,” on the riverfront here, we have been the crossroads for American music. So get out and hear some of these Bands of Note:
Tuesday, October 24 – Performing tonight at Old Rock House is Hip Hop artist Blackalicious. This California-bred due is one of hip-hop’s most progressive, forward-thinking creative forces. Illphonics opens. Doors open at 7, $22.
Wednesday, October 25 – Get to Beale on Broadway and catch Roland Johnson and the Soul Endeavor. They will get you on your feet and turn you into a dancing fool. $7, 10:30.
Thursday, October 26 – The absolutely coolest place to check out a band is Joe’s Café. This Thursday our own Jeremiah Johnson (“the voice of the Mississippi River”) performs his soulful, grinding, heart-pumping blues and rock and roll. Joe’s is an actual house, so it’s BYOB and food as only soda and popcorn are sold there. $10 (cash), doors open at 7.
Friday, October 27 – Joe Metzka stops by the National Blues Museum and performs in the Lumiere Place Legends Room. This monster of a guitarist shreds the blues. 7, $10.
Saturday, October 28 – Party animals Joe Dirt take the stage at the Bottleneck Blues Bar in St. Charles. They are considered the kings of the local rock cover band scene. 8, $7.
What the Locals Know – Every Friday Hammerstone’s hosts a “Honky Tonk Happy Hour from 4 to 7. No Cover.
Music Note of Note: Are you a member of the St. Louis Jazz Club? This organization works to preserve, support and encourage traditional jazz in our city. They put on special concerts a couple of times of month putting the spotlight on the best local jazzers we have.
— Hear This Week is written by local writer, musician, and live music fan Kevin M. Mitchell