Hear this Weekend: Live Music in St. Louis August 4-10

Tuesday August 2, 2016

Live Music in St. Louis

Wallet Hub just named St. Louis number 1 for most live music venues! Here are just a few Bands of Note:

Thursday, August 4thGet down to the Pageant in the Loop and catch Lake Street Dive, a quirky alt-rock band that comes dance-party-ready. This Boston-based quartet on the Nonesuch label is a rising act, so catch them on the way up. Music starts a little after 9. $27.50.

Friday, August 5th – Catfish and the Big Boss Blues Band rock and groove the blues at Nathalie’s in the Central West End. There’s never a cover at this classy upscale eatery, and the music starts at 8.

Friday, August 5thYou must catch one of this town’s most beloved local groups, Jake’s Leg. For 35 years they have played music inspired by the Grateful Dead in addition to tunes by Pat Metheny, Carlos Santana, and Miles Davis. A joyful hybrid of great music starts at 10 p.m. at Cicero’s in the Loop. $7.

Saturday, August 6thLocal composer, guitarist, and improviser Todd Mosby and his band New Horizons is the featured act at the Dark Room, one of the area’s coolest jazz venues. Treat yourself to his “Special Evening of Musique Acoustique,” as he likes to say. Starts at 9, no cover.

Wednesday, August 10thTexas blues legend John McVey and his band take the stage at Hammerstones in the Soulard neighborhood. Critics label him a genius – locals just call him one rockin’ good time. Show starts at 8. No cover.

What the Locals Know: Every Thursday night in August, singer Dawn Turlington plays at Bartolino’s South in South County. This Italian restaurant hosts her as she plays from her 400-song repertoire ranging from show tunes, jazz, country, top 40, and more. No cover, music starts at 6 sharp.

Music Note of Note: If you like the piano playin’ on Chuck Berry’s early hits, let us tell you about our own Johnnie Johnson, who was the namesake of “Johnny B. Goode.” He helped Berry arrange a lot of those songs, but was in the shadows until Keith Richard’s documentary Hail, Hail Rock & Roll gave him his due. He died in 2005, playing the blues at local bars and festivals up to the very end.


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