Live Music in St. Louis – Hear This Week: December 16 – 20

Sunday December 15, 2019

Holidays are for getting together with friends and family – put a group together and go out and hear some fabulous local live music. Here are just a few Bands of Note:

Live Music in St. Louis

Monday, December 16 – It’s a Holiday Spectacular by a spectacularly talented local group, the 442s. What has become an annual event at Washington University continues to grow, and these four classically trained musicians continue to experiment with crossing genres. Plus for this show, special guests ensue! 7:30 pm, $15–$30.

Wednesday, December 18 – The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra presents Kevin McBeth – A Gospel Christmas at Powell Hall. Talk about the best of both worlds. 7:30 pm, $57–$165.

Thursday, December 19 – Why is the St. Louis–based Pink Floyd tribute band El Monstero a holiday tradition? Don’t ask, just go to the Pageant. Amazing band, amazing lights and sound. Doors open at 7 pm, $30–$40.

Friday, December 20 – Sing! An Irish Christmas with Keith & Kristyn Getty & Friends is happening tonight at the Stifel Theatre. As Irish and religious – and beautiful – as it gets. 7:30  pm, $20–$90.

Friday, December 20 – You are not done with shopping or decking the halls until you’ve spent the Friday before Christmas at Third Degree Glass Factory. It’s part of its Third Friday series, and always the most popular. Celia is performing. Doors open at 6 pm, no cover.

What the Locals Know: Our town, named for a saint, is rich in religious music, and it is all on display at houses of worship throughout the area on Christmas Day. Experiencing a traditional mass at our Cathedral Basilica in all its Christmas Glory is certainly an inspiring way to spend the 25th. There’s a midnight mass and an 8:00 am Christmas Mass. The mosaic installation is one of the largest in the world, and to hear the choir in this 103-year-old church is glorious.

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, set 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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