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The Focal Point

Traditional & Original Music Concert Series & Arts Center
2720 Sutton - Maplewood, MO 63143

Concerts 2014

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October 2014

Dave Davis

David Davis and the Warrior River Boys!

David Davis and the Warrior River Boys have been traveling and performing together since 1984. David is recognized as one of the foremost practitioners of the Monroe mandolin techinique. His interest in old-time and bluegrass music grew organically from a musical family: both his father and grandfather were players and singers. His uncle, Cleo Davis, was Bill Monroe’s original Blue Grass Boy. We are thrilled to welcome them back to Focal Point!
$15 n advance; $20 at the door.



October 31
8:00 PM
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November 2014

(ain't gonna happen)

Diesel Island!


November 1
8:00 PM
Colin Sphinctor

The Colin Sphinctor Band!

A St Louis tradition by now, the Colin Sphincters were formed in 1973, by Jay Schober, who generated the idea while driving a VW microbus across Wyoming under a full moon. Jay wrote a ridiculous song and talked a bunch of friends into coming over and recording it at his house. They have since invited some of the finest rock/folk musicians in St Louis to accompany them. Outrageous parodies, silly songs, great sounds; can't lose!
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.


November 7
8:00 PM

Richard Gilewitz!

For over three decades, American fingerstyle wizard Richard Gilewitz has fascinated listeners with 6 and 12- string finger gymnastics while spinning enchanting yarns of a seasoned raconteur. His signature playing style delivers a technical diversity of banjo style patterns and classical arpeggios with a rhythmic percussive approach, exploring the history of guitar with sounds of folk to Americana, the blues to the classical, ragtime to pop, and somewhere in between. trade.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.


November 8
8:00 PM
Sins of the Pioneers

Sins of the Pioneers!

A multi-generational, Roots Music band featuring some of St. Louis's best musical veterans. Band members include Mark "Sunnyboy" Mason, Tom Mason, "Wild" Bill Mason, John "The Conqueror" Webb, Geoff Seitz, and Gentleman Jim Brennan. You may hear songs from the likes of Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima, Louis Jordan, ("LouieLouieLOUIE?") Dewey Balfa, Roy Acuff, Bob Wills, Chuck Berry, or anything else that suits their fancy-- it goes on.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.

They're on Facebook!

November 14
8:00 PM
Ben Bedford

Ben Bedford!

Ben Bedford delivers intriguing sketches of America, its individuals, their victories and their struggles. Bedford’s songs tackle scenarios including homelessness, the plight of a Confederate soldier’s wife during the American Civil War, the aerial triumphs of Amelia Earhart, the life of Jack London, the murder of Emmett Till in 1955, John the Baptist, the poet Vachel Lindsay and even the 1973 standoff between members of The American Indian Movement and federal agents on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.


November 15
8:00 PM
Muriel Anderson

Muriel Anderson!

One of the world’s foremost fingerstyle guitarists and harpguitarists, Muriel Anderson is the first woman to have won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. An engaging performer, her obvious joy of music, humor, and facility across musical genres is revered by guitarists and audiences worldwide. She has recorded with country legend Chet Atkins, performed in New York with Les Paul, across the globe solo, in ensemble and with orchestras. She is a prolific composer of music on guitar and harp guitar.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.


November 21
8:00 PM
Dan Gellert

Dan Gellert!

Dan is one of the finest old-time musicians working today. Familiar with traditional styles of music from old recordings, he developed his own style of fiddle, banjo and voice. Dan's performances bring to life the spirit and atmosphere of old-time music as heard on old 78 rpm records. While Dan is playing, the audience gets the sense he had entered another world which combines all his influences, yet it is his powerful playfulness and improvisational sensibilities which make his style powerful and instantly recognizable. Dan Gellert is a commanding and uncompromising talent.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.


November 22
8:00 PM
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December 2014



For over two decades, Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack, known as Switchback, have entertained crowds with their unique American Roots ~ Celtic Soul blend of music. Brian and Martin play an exciting mix of mandolin, guitar, and bass. Their harmonies have won them comparisons to famous duos, such as the Louvin Brothers, the Everly Brothers, and Simon and Garfunkel. Their Celtic music is authentically Irish, with equal respect for traditional and modern artists and styles.
$15 in advance; $20 at the door.
December 5
8:00 PM
Bruce Molsky

Bruce Molsky!

Master fiddler/multi-instrumentalist, Bruce Molsky is a folklorist, handselecting songs learned from field recordings, festivals, and old-timers. If It Ain’t Here When I Get Back is the title of Molsky’s March 2013 release. It is an aural autobiography, paying tribute to the people Molsky has lived his musical life with over the past 45 years and incorporating the sounds of his travels. “Community is integral to the music,” Molsky explains. “Most of us started playing in a social context. The music is all about pulse and heartbeat - everybody has that, it’s just expressed a little differently in different places. There’s always common ground that we can find.”
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.

WORKSHOP TBA; call Jim for info: 314 640 3458


December 6
8:00 PM

Brooks Williams!

Brooks Williams writes groove-laden songs and delivers them with an easygoing vocal style and monstrous guitar chops. Walking the line between blues and Americana, Williams has worked stages worldwide for over 25 years, amassing a staggering back-catalogue of songs, recordings and tales. With nearly 20 CDs to his name – and more on the way – this Statesboro Georgia native is, according to americanaUK, “impossible not to like." Brooks comes with the best possible reference for any guitarist: Martin Simpson says, “I’ve known Brooks for many years. He’s a lovely player, a lovely singer, and a great writer and a lovely man. The real thing.”
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.


December 7
7:00 PM

Pop Wagner and Bob Bovee!

Pop has quite the reputation as a singer, picker, fiddler, lasso twirler, poet and downright funny guy. His cowboy anthems crackle with the warmth of a prairie campfire and his old time fiddle tunes set toes a-tappin' while he serves up spellbinding rope tricks and tall stories -- all with a good dose of friendly humor. Bob is a kindred soul: No one handles old-time cowboy and humorous songs better than Bob. His vocals are hauntingly rough. His guitar and harmonica are as good as you will ever hear. Whether performing in concert, playing for a barn dance, or on a recording, these two leave you wanting more.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.

Bob Bovee is on Facebook!

December 13
8:00 PM
Blue Fusion

Blue Fusion!

Blue Fusion plays a style that breaches musical boundaries that can take the Blues beyond the boring and bring Fusion back within reach.Their energetic and exciting shows are made of funky grooves with a super-collided blend of blues, rock, jazz, latin, and world music performed with a high level of musical interaction. The band consists of Derek Lauer, guitar; Phil Gomez, keyboards; Paul Brackens, bass; Zak Prater, drums; and Jason Paiva on sax. Focal Point is delighted to bring them back after too long an absence!
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.


December 27
8:00 PM
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Coming in January & February 2015

1-9: Three Pints Gone!
1-10: Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers!
1-17: Richard Smith!
1-23: The One-Take Band!
1-24: Auset Music Project!
2-6: Greg Klyma.
2-13: Ray Bonneville!
2-14: Mother Grove!
2-21: Wire Pilots!
2-28: Brad Leftwich & Linda Higginbotham!
Tickets: 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.
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