Live Music in St. Louis – Hear This Week: July 22 – 28
The Thrillist blog made a list titled “7 Unexpectedly Great American Cities for a Weekend Visit” and appropriately we made the list for “… the renowned blues scene [and] the curious squeaky cheese.” Get out and appreciate it all with these Bands of Note:
Live Music in St. Louis
Tuesday, July 23 – Two of the best jazzers in town, Arvell Keithley and Jim Manley, are showing up at the Gaslight Theater backed up by Wild, Cool & Swingin’ Horns. 7:30 pm, $15.
Thursday, July 25 – There have been many copies and posers, but there is only one Alice Cooper. Halestorm opens for the master at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre. 7 pm, $24–$600.
Friday, July 26 – Sean Canan’s Voodoo Players are the chameleons of music. They regularly do shows reinventing themselves as different tribute bands, and tonight at the =Atomic Cowboy they take on Fleetwood Mac. They always sound great and are always entertaining. Doors open at 6 pm, no cover.
Saturday, July 27 – Take a drive out to the New Haven Music Fest where 11 bands are playing on three stages. They promise you’ll be “gettin’ down to the grassroots,” which seems to be the case as The Whispering Willows, the River Kittens, and Jon Bonham & Friends are among the bands playing. 1 pm, $20.
Sunday, July 28 – Charlie Hunter has worked with Norah Jones and John Mayer among many others, and as a solo act he’s put out 20 albums in 16 years. His latest is a collaboration with the equally talented Lucy Woodward. The magic happens at Off Broadway. 7:30 pm, $20.
What the Locals Know: The appropriately named Fiddlehead Fern Café in the Shaw neighborhood has a Bluegrass Brunch every Sunday, 12-2 pm. No Cover.
Music Note of Note: In the mid 1950s, the entertainment district known as Gaslight Square was one of the most swingin’ entertainment districts in the country – right up there with New Orlean’s Bourbon Street. Located in the Central West End, it was home to 50 businesses including a lot of taverns, cabarets, a nationally known comedy club, and live music joints. This beautiful 99-seat theater honors that great memory with music, theater, and comedy.
— Hear This Week is written by local writer, musician, and live music fan Kevin M. Mitchell