The Focal Point
Traditional & Original Music Concert Series & Arts Center
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This year marks Focal Point's 40th year of existence,
Songbird Cafe is a St. Louis-based concert series with singer-songwriters performing their material in a stripped-down, intimate, in-the-round performance space. You're gonna love this listening experience. Many stories will be told, many songs will be sung. This month featuring: An all Nashville show!
7:30 - 9:30 PM
The Foggy Memory Boys!
Foggy Memory Boys perform
traditional bluegrass as well as Newgrass--everything from original,
blues and acoustic jazz to fire-breathing
Bluegrass. Jason Scroggins on Guitar,
Cecil Tinnon on mandolin, Will
Miskall on bass, Gary Hunt on fiddle
and Mark Raborn on banjo.
Their roots are in traditional Bluegrass;
they have individually performed
with/traveled with/recorded with some
of the greatest names associated with
that genre and our playing clearly
echoes those influences.
Close harmony can be tricky; slight tuning
issues are instantly magnified, and the
smallest rhythmic missteps can have a
huge effect on a performance. It's not
monkey business. The Chimps are a
vocal trio consisting of veteran St.
Louis musicians Dave Werner, John
Krane, and Jesse Irwin. With a
combined...many, many years of
performance under their belts, they
tackle old standards, pop tunes, country
classics, and original music, using
three-part harmony and simple
instrumentation to get to the heart of
every song. They channel the spirit of
close harmony acts like the Everly
Brothers, Louvin Brothers, and other
groups with "Brothers" in the name, but
with a healthy dose of humor.
Denny Laine (From Paul McCartney & Wings/Moody Blues) with The Cryers!
An original member of the
Moody Blues, and later cofounder of Wings
with Paul McCartney, Denny Laine has
played and sung in every imaginable venue
for every imaginable crowd! His move to
the U.S. and formation of a new band has
opened up a new set of possibilities: his
songs with the Cryers are well worth your
attention. We are thrilled to present Denny
Laine at Focal Point; don't miss this one!
Red Tail Ring!
and Laurel Premo present old-timey music
with new-timey sounds! Their collaboration
blends the loving attention of revivalist
fervor with the playful creativity of starting
from scratch. You'll hear haunting
harmonies and instrumental artistry on
fiddle, banjo, mandolin, jawharp, and plain-
old foot stomping. “We love pushing the
boundaries of what a traditional song can
be,” says Beauchamp. “It informs how we
write our original songs. There’s a real
energy exchange between the old and the
Spencer has a
marvelous gift for sharing his great love for
America’s wealth of traditional folk, blues,
gospel, and country music with audiences
of all ages. His ability to animate the
musicians and singers from the past with
both respectful readings of their music and
spellbinding stories is legendary. The
atmosphere of his New Orleans home
subtly informs each performance. What’s
more, the stories that preface the songs are
as fascinating and well-crafted as the songs
themselves. has a
Songbird Cafe is a St. Louis-based concert series with singer-songwriters performing their material in a stripped-down, intimate, in-the-round performance space. You're gonna love this listening experience. Many stories will be told, many songs will be sung. This month featuring:
Doug Irving ( NY),
7:30 - 9:30 PM
Howard and Tricia Spencer- Rains!
Tricia Spencer is a Kansas fiddler
who grew up learning the tradition of old
time music from her Grandparents and the
likes of Pete McMahan, Cyril Stinnet,
Lymon Enloe, Dwight Lamb, Amos Chase,
and Lucy Pierce. Howard Rains plays rare,
old tunes learned from friends, family,
mentors, and old recordings. Spencer &
Rains have performed and taught nationally
and internationally, playing old time fiddle
tunes and singing old songs in the style of
their home states while also exploring other
American regional styles.
it's an odd night but we couldn't pass up the
chance to present Ray! Every now and then,
you run across someone with a library’s
worth of stories to tell. With a style that
sometimes draws comparisons to JJ Cale
and Daniel Lanois, this blues-influenced,
New Orleans-inspired “song and groove
man,” as he’s been so aptly described, Ray
has luckily found his rightful calling.
Beautiful songs, brilliant guitar work-- as I
said, we can't pass him up.
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