Live Music in St. Louis – Hear this Week: May 14 – 19
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
Tuesday, May 15 – At Off Broadway tonight, the seven-member Brian Jonestown Massacre performs. Fronted by Anton Newcombe, this San Francisco psychedelia, electronica, folk, blues group was the subject of a 2004 documentary called Dig! which was kinda about how unstable Newcombe is. It won a jury prize so this will be an interesting evening. Doors open at 7 pm, $25.
Wednesday, May 16 – Cabaret is big again dontchaknow, and at Sophie’s artist lounge and cocktail club they have a Cabaret Open Mic. “Bring sheet music and sing your favorite Broadway, pop, or jazz tunes” or just take in a drink and a bite and enjoy it. Why not? 7 pm, no cover.
Thursday, May 17 – Looking for a laid-back delight trio that entertains and challenges? Hit Thurman’s in Shaw where the amazing Adam Maness performs with great musicians playing jazz tunes – but not the ones you’re expecting. 8 pm, no cover.
Friday, May 18 – The Bedlam Brothers “mix genres and artist to fit the moment” all built on solid classic rock/blues. Show up to the Highway 61 in Webster Groves to find out what exactly that means. 7 pm, no cover.
Saturday, May 19 – Local singer/songwriter Larry O’Neal, a Reverend of irreverence who writes great folk songs, many of them hilarious, comes to the Webster Groves Garden Café. Absolutely worth coming out for. 7 pm, no cover.
What the Locals Know: Every Thursday the Blues City Deli has some great Blues to go with that pastrami. This week it’s our own wonderful Stax Tribute Show which features three of our finest: Roland Johnson, Gene Jackson, and the amazing Kim Massie. It starts at 6 pm, no cover.
Music Note of Note: Across the river in Edwardsville, you’ll find on Main Street the historic Wildey Theatre. It opened in 1909 as an opera house, and eventually transitioned to a movie house before being abandoned. In 1999, the city took it over and restored it to its original glory. In addition to showing special movies, it’s a great place for live concerts.
— Hear This Week is written by local writer, musician, and live music fan Kevin M. Mitchell