Live Music in St. Louis – Hear This Week: October 29 – November 2
St. Louis takes Hollow’s Eve seriously, so seriously get out and hear these Bands of Note:
Tuesday, October 30 – You always have to be skeptical of someone’s “farewell tour” but this really might be the last chance to see Elton John. He and his band will be at the Enterprise Center. 8 pm, $46–$221.
Wednesday, October 31
- Boo! At the Venice Café, the LS XPRSS anchors the Halloween party here playing their brand of all-American rock n roll and songs about alcohol. The party starts at 7, no cover.
- Boo! Part 2: Sean Canan’s Voodoo Players are multi-talented players typically doing note-for-note cover versions of a wide variety of artists, so their “Voodoo Ween” show is going to make them especially worth seeing. Get to the Broadway Oyster Bar. 10 pm, $8.
- Boo! The Return Of … well not really. But it so happens that Black Lips are in the Duck Room at Blueberry Hill. This punk band isn’t necessarily scary, but you could do worse … doors open at 7 pm, $20.
Thursday, November 1 – Missing Joe Cocker? Bob Gerchen honors the legend’s soul and grit with a little help from local blues musicians. It all happens at the Gaslight Cabaret. 8 pm, $25–$30.
Friday, November 2 – Short Term Memory takes the stage at Sky Music Lounge out in Ballwin. This six-person group brings great classic rock covers to the party. 9 pm, $10.
What the Locals Know: Seven nights a week you’ll hear great blues at the 1860’s Saloon in Soulard—and every Wednesday there is a great blues jam hosted by an iconic local legend and drum store owner, Fred Pierce. The band features Stacey Collins this week. What a great way to spend Halloween! 9 pm, no cover.
Music Note of Note: Johnnie Johnson was born in Fairmont, WV, but moved to St. Louis in 1952. The pianist would hire Chuck Berry for his jazz trio, and then the two collaborated for more than 20 years with Johnson playing piano on Berry’s biggest hits. He later became a staple of our blues clubs and festivals. He died in 2005, and was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for breaking racial barriers in the military.
— Hear This Week is written by local writer, musician, and live music fan Kevin M. Mitchell.