Live Music in St. Louis – Hear this Week: June 25–30
St. Louis is the crossroads of all things America, and that includes live music. Here are just a few Bands of Note:
Tuesday, June 26 – David Ramirez is out on tour promoting his new album We’re Not Going Anywhere and his unique singer-songwriter style will be on display at the Blueberry Hill’s The Duck Room. Matt Wright opens. Doors open at 7:30 pm, $19.
Wednesday, June 27 – There’s no better way to celebrate “Hump Day” than with Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers. Her hot jazz, hokum, and low-down blues will make you smile. At Schafly Bottleworks. 8 pm, no cover.
Thursday, June 28 – Hard to believe that Melissa Etheridge first burst on the scene exactly 30 years ago, but she is still rocking hard. In fact she brings her “Rock Show” to the Sheldon. 8 pm, $65–$125.
Friday, June 29 – Get to the National Blues Museum for another edition of “Howlin’ Friday” as this one features the dazzling Matt “The Rattlesnake” Lesch. Doors open at 5 pm for happy hour, music starts at 7 pm. $15, but $20 includes admission into the museum.
Saturday, June 30 – Off Broadway is serving up “A Tribute to Motown” and wow did they call in the big guns: Roland Johnson, Kim Massie, and Eugene Johnson are just a few of the local greats participating. Doors open at 7 pm, $12.
What the Locals Know: The Sheldon Concert Hall is beloved by musicians all over the country for its near perfect acoustics and its intimacy. It was named after Walter Sheldon, who founded the St. Louis branch of the Ethical Society, and designed by noted 1904 World’s Fair architect Louis C. Spiering. When Dave Brubeck was alive, he insisted that all his tours included a concert here.
Music Note of Note: Published in 1914 and still played by bands all over the country, W.C. Handy allegedly wrote “Saint Louis Blues” inspired by a chance meeting with a woman on the streets here, upset at her husband’s absence. Learn more about it and the history of the Blues at our National Blues Museum!
— Hear This Week is written by local writer, musician, and live music fan Kevin M. Mitchell