Live Music in St. Louis – Hear This Week: August 5 – 11
It’s not just about the amount of live music in this town; it’s the diversity. You can find it all here, especially with these Bands of Note:
Live Music in St. Louis
Monday, August 5 – Cross the river and head to Fast Eddie’s Bon Air in Alton. They have music seven nights a week, with three acts on Fridays, Saturday, and Sunday! Get over those Monday blues with the Deluxe Duo playing down-home country blues. 6 pm, no cover.
Wednesday, August 7 – The last night of another wonderful Whitaker Music Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Singer/songwriter, bassist and poet Tonina performs her original music plus covers in both Spanish and English. 7 pm, free.
Thursday, August 8 – At the always wonderful Joe’s Cafe, two local guitars greats share the stage, so definitely make plans to see Farshid Etniko and Dave Black. You’re going to hear a little of everything, and it’ll be fantastic. Joe’s is a listening room, BYOB. If you’re not familiar with the place, go to its page first to learn the rules. 8 pm, $10 cash at the door.
Friday, August 9 – The Aught Naughts is a local band on the rise and tonight they bring their original high energy acoustic Americana to Off Broadway. If you’re in the mood for a mix of twang, punk, bluegrass, and pop, then get on down here. 8 pm, $7.
Sunday, August 11 – Brandi Carlile comes to the Fabulous Fox for what will be a fabulous show. Valarie June opens. 7:30 pm, $60–$80.
What the Locals Know: If you have an itching to be on the business side of a live music performance, you have plenty of opportunities in this town because we are filthy rich in open mic nights. We even have a website dedicated to all the ones happening. Just this week on Tuesday we have four – 1860s Saloon, Balentine’s Restaurant & Bar, Miss Aimee B’s Tearoom, and the Wolf. We have more than a dozen total going on during any week.
Music Note of Note: Michael Stipe graduated from Collinsville High School and started college at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He sang in a local pop/rock band called Bad Habits for a short time before moving to Athens, Georgia where he formed the band you know as R.E.M.
For more live music and entertainment happening in St. Louis visit our events calendar.
— Hear This Week is written by local writer, musician, and live music fan Kevin M. Mitchell