Live Music in St. Louis – Hear this Week: June 4–9

Sunday June 3, 2018

Wallet Hub has named St. Louis number one for most live music venues! Here are just a few Bands of Note:

Live Music In St. Louis

Monday, June 4 – B.B.’s Jazz, Blues, and Soups is serving up their third annual Piano Festival. Hosted by our own master of the ivories, Ethan Leinwand, it features nine great pianists from around the country. It’s dedicated to local piano legend Johnnie Johnson who passed away in 2005, so no doubt some of his music will be heard. Doors up at 6 pm, $20.

Tuesday, June 5 – Out at Civic Park in O’Fallon, Mo., there’s a free concert featuring Breakdown Shakedown as part of its Jammin’ Concert Series. Food trucks will be around to feed you while you enjoy the pop, rock, and country covers from the quintet. 6:30 pm, free.

Wednesday, June 6 – Saturday June 9 – Twangfest! Hold onto your horses and grab a beer as our nationally-renowned Twangfest is back for a 22nd time. We’re talkin’ 12 bands, four days, one place: Off Broadway. It kicks off with Edward Burch on Wednesday, and finishes up with our own great The Bottle Rockets on Saturday. Doors open at 6 pm nightly, $22.

Friday, June 8 – The Stone Spiral Coffee House in Maplewood always has great music, and tonight it’s served up by The Yard Darts. The acoustic trio made of multi-instrumentalist does interesting arrangements on your favorite pop and rock tunes. 7 pm, no cover.

Saturday, June 9 – Tonight is the last night to catch David Sanborn, one of our greatest living saxophonist. He grew up right here in St. Louis so there’s no doubt he’ll fill up the room at Jazz at the Bistro. The  9:30 pm, $46.50

What the Locals Know: The city of Des Peres hosts a free summer concert the second Friday of June, July, and August. This week it’s local popular variety band Spectrum playing at Des Peres park. 7 pm.

Music Note of Note: Johnnie Johnson was born in Fairmont, WV, but moved to St. Louis in 1952. The pianist would hire Chuck Berry for his jazz trio, and then the two collaborated for more than 20 years with Johnson playing piano on Berry’s biggest hits. He later became a staple of our blues clubs and festivals. He died in 2005, and was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for breaking racial barriers in the military as a Marine during World War II.

Hear This Week is written by local writer, musician, and live music fan Kevin M. Mitchell

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