The Focal Point
Traditional & Original Music Concert Series & Arts Center
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This year marks Focal Point's 40th year of existence,
Shari Kane and Dave Steele!
acoustic blues duo, Shari and Dave
throw a four handed guitar party of
original and time-honored blues,
gospel, swing and ragtime.With Dave’s
smoky vocals, percussive rhythm and
innovative lead lines, Shari’s crisp
picking style, rootsy leads, and stinging
slidework, their music has been
described as “street swing and stomp
blues,” - like a testament to sounds
once heard on the streets of Harlem, the
juke joints of Mississippi, or from the
jug bands of Memphis. Focal Point staff
Representing five generations in North
America, Ronstadt Generations
continues the family’s musical
traditions with Michael J. Ronstadt and
his sons, Michael G. and Petie. They
present an exciting repertoire that
preserves the traditional Southwestern
and Mexican songs of their heritage
while offering innovative original
material. New compositions place them
on the cutting edge of multiple, blended
genres, stretching the boundaries of
folk, blues, world, jazz and beyond.
The Buckhannon Brothers, with special guests Mariachi Nuevo Azteca!
This one has the makings of
quite a party! Our own local heroes of
the old-time music world, Dennis on
guitar and Curt on mandolin, co-
founders of numerous high-class
ensembles, starting with Cousin Curtis
and the Cash Rebates and soaring to
untold heights from there. This time
they will be bringing friends along: a
mariachi band! For newcomers to this
sound, Mexican street mariachi is some
of the happiest music on the planet, and
a perfect counterpoint to the fun and hot
licks that the Buckhannons generate!
You'll hear guitars, possibly trumpets,
guitarron, and delightful singing.
DON'T MISS THIS ONE!
Guitar Heroes Showcase: Tom Hall, Dave Black, and Brian Curran!
We had so much fun with these gentlemen last year that we persuaded them to get together again. St
Louis is rich in master guitarists, all of
whom seem to know each other and
trade knowledge, insights, and hot
licks; here are three of the best! Each of
these gentlemen has a distinctive style:
you'll hear raggy, bluesy, honkytonk,
ranging into country, swing, jazz and
Irish tunes. As usually happens in our
showcase concerts, these guys will
inspire each other to great heights and
pulling out little-known gems to delight
each other as well as the audience;
always big fun!
Cree Rider Family Band!
Cree Rider is from St. Louis, MO, and
his flagship Cree Rider Family Band
has a modern day honkytonk sound that
rides all the way up to the big rock
candy mountains, where they invite us
to drink all of the whiskey from the
streams, and hang the jerk who
invented work. "Whiskey infused,
subversive, country rock" is the way
one reviewer describes them. Big fun
and excellent musicianship. Come out
and make them welcome to their first
visit to Focal Point!
The blues community
has embraced yet another brother to the
fold. That brother is Johnny Fox. Just a
few years ago, Johnny came onto the
scene and has not looked back. A bass-
playing rock and roller since the age of
13, playing in bars around town,
Johnny picked up the guitar and
discovered a new sound; "front porch"
acoustic blues. Johnny Fox is a solo
artist, but his friends, and his brother
Jim sometimes sit in on his gigs. We're
not sure who will be along for this
show, but it will be a delight to see and
Kim Lansford and Nathan McAlister!
music by two of the best! Kim has been
a favorite of St Louis old-time fans for
years as a commanding singer and
guitarist with her late husband, Jim.
This time she will be appearing with
fiddler/banjo player Nathan McAlister
for a night of haunting American
ballads and fiddle tunes featuring
fiddle, banjo, guitar and voice. Join us
for an enjoyable evening of songs and
tunes from southwest Missouri.
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.
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