Live Music in St. Louis – Hear This Week: March 4 – 8
There are so many great bands in St. Louis it feels like Mardi Gras all the time … but this week beads are involved. And now here’s a special “Mardi Blog” featuring these Bands of Note:
Live Music in St. Louis
“Fat” Tuesday, March 5 –
The Central West End is having a big celebration, and the fun starts at 3:30 pm with three local high school bands taking over the neighborhood, performing live at various street corners. It ends at 5:30 at the 1764 Public House with a performance of the Saint Boogie Brass Band. No cover.
At Evangeline’s, they are celebrating Fat Tuesday with some local blues artists including Sharon Bear, Rich McDonough, and Miles Long. Starts at 4, no cover.
BB’s Jazz, Blues and Soups is certainly not going to miss out on celebrating – it all starts at 7 pm with the St. Louis Social Club playing blues, jazz, R&B, soul, and funk (no cover). Then they hold their Fat Tuesday Black and White Party at 10 pm ($5).
Out in Webster Groves, Hwy 61 Roadhouse is hosting a “Pardi Gras” with Paul Bonn & The Bayou Bluesmen. 6 pm, no cover.
Want your Fat Tuesday on the funky side? Broadway Oyster Bar is appropriately giving the stage to the Funky Butt Brass Band. 8 pm, $10.
Friday, March 8 – Adrian Belew is likely the most amazing guitarist you didn’t know you knew. He played with David Bowie for years, was a member of King Crimson, and has done tons of guest work with others like Nine Inch Nails, Talking Heads, Paul Simon, and so many others. He brings his own Power Trio to the Old Rock House tonight. 8 pm, $35.
What the Locals Know: Trending now are “private listening rooms” that like to fly under the radar – no website, no advertising, usually you BYOB … two that have been around for a while are Joe’s Café and Kinda Blue Club. Another one that just popped up is The Judson House. You’ll want to follow them on Facebook because a lot of talented jazz, blues, and everything else is played at these places, and played well.
Music Note of Note: The Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis is home to an annual Mardi Gras parade that can get pretty rowdy. The history of the neighborhood goes back to 1779 when the Soulard Market, still in operation, started (and there’s always a musician or two jamming for tips). There are at least 32 bars in the area, most of which have live music.
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.