The Focal Point
Traditional & Original Music Concert Series & Arts Center
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The White Mules!
Genuine old-time sounds from a quartet of experts: Andy Gribble, one of the most sought-after stringband guitarists around today, is jopined by Genna Harrison on fiddle, Smith Koester, who delivers rhythm and melody with his oldtime fretless banjo, and Abby Ladin with top-notch bass playing, angelic singing
This fine group, based in the Missouri Ozarks in Rolla, MO, consists of Rich and Maureen Hall, with various other musicians serving as enablers over the years. Their repertoire consists of
Songbird presents Singer/Songwriters In The Round ( surrounded by audience) Performing this month are:
Jack Grelle, Jenny Roques, Ryne Watts and Suzie Glib
Advance tickets available a www.songbird-stl.com
Many stories will be told, Many songs will be sung!!!
Sadie Hawkins Day!
The Williamson sisters, Dave Black and Dan Higgins deliver a fine mix of folk ballads, banjo songs, & old country standards of love & heartbreak, moonshine & madness, murder& suicide, trucks & trains, & random oddments. Old-school for sure, but don't be surprised to hear them do something from Neil Young or The Band once in a while. Influences: Lovers, laughers, gamblers, fighters, drinkers,
Foggy Memory Boys!
The Foggy Memory Boys are a group
of musicians from the St. Louis area.
Jason Scroggins and Dustin Greer
bring together a group of good ole
boys that love bluegrass in its truest
form. The lineup changes from time to
time and is always a treat. Recent
additions include Mark Raborn on
banjo and Cecil Tinnon on mandolin,
guitar and vocals.
Dutch Schultz and friends!
Jeff Schulte, also known as Dutch
Schultz, is a St. Louis native who has
been playing and singing the blues for
four decades. He recently released his
first CD “A Block Away” which
includes 10 original songs written and
sung by Dutch himself. Dutch is
accompanied by a full band including
guest artists from Kingdom Brothers
and other St. Louis musicians. He
says, “I've been singing Blues in St.
Louis for 40 years. This is my first CD
and a life- long dream.” This one
should be fun!
Dave Gans is an American musician,
songwriter, and music journalist. He's
also an amazing guitarist, and is
known for incisive, literate
songwriting. Additionally, he's noted
for his music loop work, often
creating spontaneous compositions in
performance. Dave is co-author of the
book Playing in the Band: An Oral
and Visual Portrait of the Grateful
Dead, as well as the host of the
weekly nationally syndicated radio
show “The Grateful Dead Hour."
Dave will be spending the 7th at FP,
and then performing on the 9th at the
Shanti in Soulard!
Led by sister duo, Hannah and
Caroline Melby, HanaLena is
currently based in Nashville, TN, with
roots reaching all the way back to the
state of Mississippi where the two
grew up playing old- time, folk and
bluegrass music together. Since 1996,
Hannah and Caroline have been
traveling across the country
performing and developing their
unique blend of bluegrass, country,
pop- acoustic, and blues. Join us for
the girls' return visit to St Louis and
the Focal Point!
In the early 19th
century, a unique blend of African and
Anglo-Celtic musical cultures
developed on the riverboats, on
minstrel stages and under the big tops
of America. Clarke Buehling & The
Skirtlifters present the music and
humor of those times. Their listeners
enjoy rags, marches, galops, jigs, reels
and old-time songs. The entertaining
program traces the origins of
American popular music.A Friends of
Old-Time Music event!
is the folksinger, song- writer, concert
performer, and author who created the
worldwide broadcast of the
WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour,
found on 500 public radio stations,
coast-to- coast PBS-TV, and in 173
nations. He's equally talented on old
time banjo as he is on traditional
guitar styles. This is sure to be a heck
of a show!
Jake's Leg, with
St. Louis is fortunate
to have in its home base an artist with
as many talents as Leroy Pierson. Not
only is he a gifted performer with
special talents on guitar and vocals,
but is also a noted scholar of early
black music history, both blues and
Caribbean-based reggae music. If that
wasn't enough, Leroy's skills as a
record producer and radio announcer
clearly point to a musical Renaissance
man. Focal Point is proud to call
Leroy one of our oldest and truest
Coming in October 2014:
Sarah McQuaid — October 3
At the door or in advance at:
The Maya Cafe and
First ticket price shown is for sale of advanced tickets, which can be purchased online
for a slight fee (only $1.50) at www.brownpapertickets.com/profile/85789.
Second price shown is for tickets purchased at the door. Doors open 45 min. prior to show.
Tickets go on sale one month prior to the concert unless otherwise noted.
Page updated 8/17/14