Live Music in St. Louis – Hear This Week: May 13 – 18
St. Louis is the live music capital of the U.S., with scores of opportunities to catch great music every week! Here are just a few Bands of Note:
Live Music in St. Louis
Monday, May 13 – “The Young Cats of Jazz” are the Keith Bowman Quartet, and tonight they perform at the Dark Room. Keith is a talented kid who is headed for big things. 7 pm, no cover.
Tuesday, May 14 – Bring Me the Horizon, an English rock band formed in Sheffield in 2004, is making a stop at the Pageant while they are out promoting their album Amo. Scarlxrd opens. Doors open at 6:30 pm, $48.50.
Wednesday, May 15 – In what will surely be an evening talked about for a long time, David Crosby and Friends come to the Sheldon. Expect to hear tunes from his days with the Byrds, CSN&Y, and probably some unexpected tunes. 8 pm, $46–$76.
Thursday, May 16 – Spring also brings the free outdoor concerts, so grab your blanket and head to the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site to hear the dynamic Irish duo Ian Walsh and Kevin Buckley performing under the name “Keeping it Reel” – get it? 7 pm, free.
Saturday, May 18 – Jeff Lynn and ELO is touring but alas not stopping here, so we’ll more than make do with Mr. Blue Sky, a tribute to that band’s music at Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room. Sponsored by K-SHE so there is no doubt some DJs will be in the room. Emily Wallace opens. 9 pm, $15.
What the Locals Know: For 31 years Laumeier Art Fair has been popular with art lovers. In addition to the great art, it also features some of our best local musicians. Stop by May 10–12 and you’ll hear a dozen great local bands including The Maness Brothers, Dave Black Group, River Kittens, Funky Butt Brass Band, Kim Massie, and more.
Music Note of Note: Willie Atkins was born in 1939, and attended the all-black Douglass High School in the St. Louis suburb of Webster Groves before the school district was integrated. In 1957 he moved to New York City to work as a musician, but would return home in 1968. In additional to playing with his own bands and recording two albums here, he taught at the Faculty of Jazz Studies at Webster University. He died in 2015.
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