Live Music in St. Louis – Hear This Week: Sept. 30 – Oct. 6

Monday September 30, 2019

Looks like the Cards are going to the playoffs! But they aren’t the only ones playing well … check out this week’s Bands of Notes:

Live Music in St. Louis

Monday, September 30 – It is a special night at the Dark Room as Mark Harris & Scooter Brown put on their “Monday Night Mix/Up” show. Check out this act of progressive jazz, hip-hop and neo-soul group. 7 pm, no cover.

Wednesday, October 2 – Big Rich McDonough & Rhythm Renegades bring their blues and R&B to B.B.’s Jazz, Blues, and Soups starting at 7 pm. Local great Tom Hall takes the stage after them at 10 pm playing his folk and roots music. $5.

Thursday, October 3 – Without a doubt one of the coolest listening rooms in town is Joe’s Café, which brings in great jazz, blues, and just the unexpected every Thursday. Tonight it’s our own Janet Evra Quartet blending traditional Bossa Nova and Samba with modern influences. Joe’s has a set of rules (BYOB, talking during the performances is prohibited etc.,) so if you’re not in the know, check out the site before you go. 7 pm, $10.

Friday, October 4 – Tyler the Creator is touring on his history-making IGOR album, which made him the first rapper to land a No. 1 album without any co-production or outside producer credits. Blood Orange and GoldLink open for him. It all happens at the Chaifetz Arena. Doors open at 7 pm, $39.50–$59.50.

Sunday, October 6 – Wow. One of the greatest progressive keyboardists of all time brings his dynamic show to the Sheldon Concert Hall. That’s right, Mr. Rick Wakeman, will be bringing his “Grumpy Old Rock Star Tour” to town. (Note: He’s not that grumpy – actually quite funny as the show is all piano playing and jokes.) 7:30 pm, $49–$69.

What the Locals Know – Café Ventana is a charming coffee/breakfast shop in the Central West End neighborhood and they put on a pretty impressive brunch every Saturday and Sunday. During that brunch they always have great live jazz playing from noon to 2 pm.

Music Note of Note: There’s a certain type of sax-driven music associated with what one might delicately call … ahem … “stripper music.” And in that “genre” there’s one song that seems to embolden the … ahem … “spirit” of all that, and that song is “Night Train.” Well, Jimmy Forrest made it a hit in 1952. He was born here and while he just thought it was a cool tune (he was right) ,and can’t be held accountable for the rest of it. This home-grown talent would move on to New York City and play with Duke Ellington and Count Basie.

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

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