Hear this Week – Live Music in St. Louis September 11 – 16
Science says that regularly attending concerts makes you happier – but we already knew that, that’s why we have so much live music every single week. Here are a few Bands of Note:
Monday, September 11 – Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals bring their eclectic mix of blues, folk, soul, reggae, and rock to the Pageant. Hey King opens. Doors open at 7, $50-$60.
Tuesday, September 12 – Since the 1970s the incredible pianist Pat Joyce has been entertaining St. Louis audiences with his dazzling piano playing. He is truly our Piano Man. Tonight he’s at Evangeline’s. 7, no cover.
Thursday, September 14 – One of the coolest places for live music is Joe’s Café, and tonight audiences there are getting treated to the return of home town heroes Rum Drum Ramblers. This blues/country string band trio is the real deal. Joe’s is BYOB, but the converted house is cool just to hang out in. 7, $10 (cash).
Saturday, September 16 – The annual Old Webster Jazz and Blues Festival in Webster Groves has another great lineup this year that includes Miss Jubilee, Marquis Knox, Two Times True, Roland Johnson & the Soul Endeavor, and Funky Butt Brass Band. Two stages make for continuous music. Noon, free.
Saturday, September 16 – Arguably the single hottest ticket in the touring concert world is U2’s celebration of the 30th anniversary of Joshua Tree. Word is Bono has never sounded better, and this show seems to be less about the monster sets and more about the music. Edward Jones Dome, 8 p.m., $35–$917.
What the Locals Know: The annual Great Forest Park Balloon Race is this weekend, Friday at 7 and Saturday at Noon. To accent the color, they have live music including Boogie Chyld (Friday) and Super Majik Robots and a performance by the Muny Kids (Saturday).
Music Note of Note: Our treasured outdoor theater, the Muny, puts on touring musicals all summer long. Part of it all is their Muny Kids and Muny Teens troupes. Through a rigorous audition process, the best younger singers and dancers in town get to perform in most of the musicals. Perhaps more importantly, they are also goodwill ambassadors to our surrounding region.
— Hear This Week is written by local writer, musician, and live music fan Kevin M. Mitchell