Live Music in St. Louis – Hear This Week: December 10-15

Monday December 10, 2018

Live Music in St. Louis

The weather is getting colder, so let’s warm ourselves up with some smokin’ live music with these Bands of Note:

Tuesday, December 11 – The new director of the St. Charles Municipal Band will step up to the podium at Lindenwood University’s J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts and take this premiere group of local musicians through their annual holiday concert. The concert band plays at 7 pm, and the big band version of the group takes over for the second set. 8 pm, free.

Wednesday, December 12 – This and every Wednesday for the foreseeable future, soul/blues artist Roland Johnson and the Soul Endeavor takes the stage at Beale on Broadway. 10:30 pm, $10.

Thursday, December 13 – For 13 years, Open Studio STL has provided studios and open spaces for scores of local visual artists. But tonight, they mix art with music as the Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Geoffrey Keezer performs with his trio. 8 pm, $25.

Friday, December 14 – An album release party happens at the Firebird as local duo (just bass and drums/vocals) Van Buren release a new collection of prog/punk originals. Also on the bill are Alan Smithee, Slow Damage, Kilverez. 7 pm, $10.

Saturday, December 15 – Has it already been 25 years?!? Regional rock cover favorites with perhaps the greatest band name of all time, the Well Hungarians, celebrate their quarter century of providing party music at Delmar Hall. These guys play over 200 gigs a year, so they have a lot to celebrate. A slew of celebrity musicians is joining them. Doors open at 7 pm, $28.

What the Locals Know:  It seems a little unlikely, but the Pat Connelly Tavern, one of our town’s favorite Irish pubs, has jazz every Thursday night. It’s a smaller place, so they typically have smaller trios and duos, but they get the best local players and the intimate space makes for a wonderful experience. Never a cover.

Music Note of Note: The third most popular Christmas tune of all time is “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” which first appeared in the 1944 film Meet Me in St. Louis. It was sung by Judy Garland on Christmas Eve of 1903, right before the opening of our 1904 World’s Fair. While filmed entirely on MGM’s backlot, the musical debuted here on November 22, 1944.

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.

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