Live Music in St. Louis – Hear this Week: May 28 – June 2
Don’t tell St. Louisans that Memorial Day is the “unofficial” opening of summer, because we are already wearing white shoes. Here are just a few Bands of Note:
Live Music in St. Louis
MEMORIAL DAY, Monday, May 28:
- At the Grandel, it’s Mancusojazz Presents the Willie Atkins Jazz Festival. Just in its second year, it’s already garnering regional acclaim. It honors one of our most influential jazz musicians and educators and raises money for the Webster University scholarship in his name. Our best local jazzers will be a part of it. 4 pm, $12–$150.
- The St. Louis County Greekfest happens at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church out in West County. There’s traditional Greek folk dancers at noon, 2, and 4, and live Greek music throughout the day. Noon, free.
- Since 1976, the Compton Heights Concert Band has kicked off the summer with a special Memorial Day Concert in Tower Grove 3 pm, free.
Wednesday, May 30 – You know Kimbra from that ubiquitous earworm that is “Somebody That I Used To Know.” Yes, she sang on that with Gotye, but the New Zealand songstress has done so much more, including winning several Grammy awards for her evolving, poignant, art pop. At Delmar Hall. Doors open at 7, $21.
Thursday, May 31 – A good time will be had tonight at 1860’s Saloon as Everett Dean & the Lonesome Hearts take the stage and play that authentic early rock and roll. 9 pm, no cover.
Saturday, June 2 – Lead by that Lady of Rock Rowdiness, Kelly Wild, Trixie Delight is going to put on a good show at the Bottleneck Blues Bar in St. Charles. Doors open at 7pm, $5.
What the Locals Know: The Missouri History Museum’s popular “Twilight Tuesdays” concert series runs in the spring and late summer. It kicks off at 5:30 with different themes and fun activities for the kids. And of course, a great local band playing: May 29 it’s “A Tribute to Beyoncé” by Taynka. Free.
Music Note of Note: Willie Akins 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 with the faculty of Jazz Studies at Webster University. We lost this great talent in 2015.
— Hear This Week is written by local writer, musician, and live music fan Kevin M. Mitchell