Live Music in St. Louis – Hear This Week: May 20 – 26
The Thrillist blog made a list titled “7 Unexpectedly Great American Cities for a Weekend Visit” and appropriately we made the list for “… the renowned blues scene [and] the curious squeaky cheese.” Get out and appreciate it all with these Bands of Note:
Live Music in St. Louis
Monday, May 20 – Over at the Foam, there’s a pretty crazy trivia evening. It’s followed by The Late Show which features some punk/hard rock acts including the The Hussy and BigPig. $7, 9 pm.
Wednesday and Thursday, May 22–23 – Jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli is in town with his trio, and he’s brought singer Catherine Russell along for the ride. Now of course, the evening shows at the Ferring Jazz Bistro are already sold out, but if you like a little swing with your coffee, the ensemble is doing two 11 am shows. $46.00.
Thursday, May 23 – A special show is happening at the Naked Vine: “Bedlam Does Dylan.” In a celebration of Bob Dylan’s birthday, Bedlam members Phillip Patterson and Howard Young perform two sets of his music. Oh, and some of Dylan’s whisky will be served. 7:00 pm, no cover.
Saturday, May 25 – One of our town’s greatest guitarist, Billy Peek, comes to the Hwy 61 Roadhouse to lay down some smokin’ hot licks. 8 pm, no cover.
Sunday, May 26 – It is winery season! Get out to the Montelle Winery and catch Encore Trio – a trio version of rocking party variety band. 1–5 pm, no cover.
What the Locals Know: Evangeline’s is one of the most dynamic restaurants with live music in town. There are great local and regional acts on their seven days a week. On most Mondays they have an open mic and jam hosted by Shamus McFerson. Come down to play or just enjoy as this jam brings out the town’s better musicians. 7 pm, no cover.
Music Note of Note: Rod Stewart was watching Midnight Special on TV in the 1980s when he saw a young man named Billy Peek backing up the great Chuck Berry. Stewart wrote in his autobiography: “We’ve got to get him. I figured that if his rock n’ rolling playing was good enough for Chuck Berry, it was probably good enough for me.” Peek spent five years with Stewart, playing on many hits of that era including his “Hot Legs” tune.
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