Live Music in St. Louis – Hear This Week: May 6 – 12
Let’s face it: While there’s a wide variety of music in St. Louis, we especially embrace the blues, a genre this town has historically contributed greatly to. Here’s a special All-Blues Edition of our list of Bands of Note:
Live Music in St. Louis
Monday, May 6 – Start your week off right with the region’s premier blues club, BB’s Jazz, Blues and Soups. Third Sight Band plays a lot of blues, but also a bit of funk and soul. 8 pm, $5.
Wednesday, May 8 – Every Wednesday for the at least near future you’ll dig the John McVey Band over at Hammerstone’s. They play “blues with a Texas accent.” 8 pm, no cover.
Thursday, May 9 – The Blues City Deli is home to some tasty sandwiches as well as the blues every Thursday night and Saturday afternoon. Tonight, it’s Texas-based blues guitar ace Shawn Pittman. 6 pm, no cover.
Friday, May 10 – Brian Curran is a local who is a devoted apprentice to the early blues and fingerstyle of the guitar masters. Tonight he gets together with bottleneck blues guitarist Ron Edwards and harmonica player Jon Erblich at the Focal Point in Maplewood. Doors open at 7 pm, $12.
Sunday, May 12 – At the 1860s Saloon, the Travelin’ Band plays “Soulard style” blues with some R&B and rock ’n roll thrown in. 7:30 pm, no cover.
What the Locals Know: Every Thursday night, the National Blues Museum hosts a “Sittin’ on the Porch” blues jam session. Show up with your guitar, or just show up and enjoy! 6 pm, no cover.
Music Note of Note: Published in 1914 and still played by bands all over the country, W. C. Handy allegedly wrote “Saint Louis Blues” when inspired by a chance meeting with a woman on the streets here, upset at her husband’s absence. Learn more about it and the history of the blues at our National Blues Museum!
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