Live Music in St. Louis – Hear This Week: October 1 – 7
The weather is cooler, and so is the music. This will be the last month of festivals and the last chance to hit the wineries. Catch these Bands of Note:
Live Music in St. Louis
Monday, October 1 – Everything about this is a rarity: Sting, at the Pageant, with Shaggy. This will be an interesting show. $104–$164, doors open at 7:30 pm.
Wednesday, October 3 – You never know what you’re going to get with your pizza at Yaquis on Cherokee. Tonight it’s the Joe Park Trio, a swing/jazz trio heavily influenced by guitar greats Django Reinhardt, Barney Kessel, and Wes Montgomery. 8 pm, no cover.
Friday, October 5 – Starting Friday and running through the end of the month, there is beer, wine, food, and music at the Jaycee Bier Garten in Hermann, Mo. No town this side of the Atlantic throws an Octoberfest like these people. Check the schedule and go early and often – lederhosen optional. Free.
Saturday, October 6 – It is indeed the last few weeks for wineries, and let’s be honest, this is the best month to visit them. Hidden Lake Winery in Aviston, IL, is hosting a Jazz Festival featuring the Kevin Mitchell 4. 6 pm, $5.
Saturday and Sunday, October 6 and 7 – The Historic Shaw Art Fair happens and they have loaded it with great music: Funky Butt Brass Band, Sean Coray, Keokuk, the St. Louis Jazz All Stars, and Bach to the Future perform. 9 am to 6 pm, free.
What the Locals Know: If you have an itching to be on the business side of a live music performance, you have plenty of opportunities in this town because we are filthy rich in open mic nights. We even have a website dedicated to all the ones happening. Just this week on Tuesday we have four – 1860s Saloon, Balentine’s Restaurant & Bar, Miss Aimee B’s Tearoom, and the Wolf. We have more than a dozen total going on during any week.
Music Note of Note: You have not danced until you’ve danced at the Casa Loma Ballroom, which has been a local treasure for 91 years. In 1939, some young crooner named Frank Sinatra made his St. Louis debut here. Others who played here include Count Basie, Tony Bennett, Bill Haley and the Comets, Benny Goodman, and so many more. Located in the hip Cherokee neighborhood, they regularly have swing bands that include dance lessons.
— Hear This Week is written by local writer, musician, and live music fan Kevin M. Mitchell.