Live Music in St. Louis – Hear this Week: May 21 – 27

Monday May 21, 2018

The kids are out of school or getting out of school, and luckily the vast majority of live music opportunities are family-friendly events. Get your kids into the joys of live music when they’re young, and start them out with these Bands of Note:

Live Music in St. Louis

Tuesday, May 22 – At Howdershell Park in Hazelwood there’s live music and food trucks. A mighty fine way to spend a Tuesday, especially since the bands include local rock cover band StaggerCatt. 5 pm, free.

Wednesday, May 23 – The soulful singer Gene Jackson is at tonight’s Whitaker Jazz Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden. With his able band he’ll be singing blues and R&B covers along with original songs from his recent album, 1963. Bonus: the Children’s Garden remains free and open during this event. 7 pm, free.

Wednesday, May 23 – Saturday, May 26 – If music were about pictures, percussionist Pancho Sanchez’s music would best be described as a kaleidoscopic swirl of hot colors and bright lights. Come experience what that means as this Latin jazz giant spends four nights performing for us at Jazz at the Bistro. Two shows nightly, 7:30 and 9:30 pm; $36.50.

Saturday, May 26 – We love our cover bands – Portrait re-creates that popular band from the next state over, Kansas. Six of the eight pieces are some of our best local musicians. At the Atomic Cowboy. Doors open at 6 pm, $15.

Sunday, May 27 – Fanfare, a staple in the variety-band genre, is playing at Balducci Vineyards out in Augusta. It is certainly winery weather, and this is one of our area’s nicest. 1 pm, no cover.

What the Locals Know: Memorial Day Weekend kicks off with a lot of great festivals featuring great music – just a few include the Missouri River Irish Fest in St. Charles; the Schlafly Art Outside Festival in Maplewood; and the Eckert’s Memorial Weekend Festival across the river.

Music Note of Note: We love our festivals. There are over 100 of them happening between now and the Fall. Here’s a list of the major ones.

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

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