Live Music in St. Louis – Hear this Week: April 30 – May 6
April showers bring May flowers, and what does the Mayflower bring? Pilgrims in search of great live music. Here are just a few Bands of Note:
Live Music in St. Louis
Monday, April 30 – The Ready Room is hosting Chicano Batman – how cool is that? The four-piece L.A.-based group is gaining a strong following with their psychedelic soul, funk, indie, and ropicália (yes that’s a thing look it up!) mix of tunes. Doors open at 7 pm, $11–$18.
Wednesday, May 2 – East Siders Review return to BB’s Jazz, Blues, and Soups for an eclectic evening of R&B, soft rock, and country! 10 pm, $10.
Thursday, May 3 – Joe’s Café and Gallery is a quirky, fascinating listening room that always has great acts on Thursdays. Tonight jazz vocalist Joe Mancuso swings by with his group. Doors open at 7 pm, $10 cover (cash only, BYOB).
Friday, May 4 – The Motto Pilots tour comes Pop’s Blue Moon, which is a collection of electronica/punk/rap groups include Rich Jones, CURTA, and Rooster Jake. Doors open at 7 pm, $10.
Sunday, May 6 – A living legend, Audra McDonald, comes to the Touhill Performing Arts Center. Spend an evening listening to this Tony Award–winning performer sing songs from American musical theater. 7 pm, $40–$125.
What the Locals Know: Every Sunday there’s a brunch with great jazz at the Dark Room. Some of best, most happenin’ bands rotate Sunday mornings including Tonina, Tommy Halloran, the Bonbon Plot, and Montez Coleman. 11 am, no cover.
Music Note of Note: Local jazz historian and radio personality Dennis Owsley did this city a great service when he wrote City of Gabriels: The History of Jazz in St. Louis, 1895–1973. It’s a wonderful book full of little-known and well-known great players who influenced jazz music.
— Hear This Week is written by local writer, musician, and live music fan Kevin M. Mitchell