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The Focal Point

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

Concerts 2015
July      August


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Happy 2015!

This year marks Focal Point's 40th year of existence,
which makes us proud. We intend to celebrate in many ways: we're
inviting some of our favorite performers from all those years to
give us one more show... and there could be a party.....


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July 2105

Shari Kane and Dave Steele

Shari Kane and Dave Steele!

An 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 favorites!
$15 in advance; $20 at the door.


Shari Kane and Dave Steele

July 18
8:00 PM

Ronstadt Generations!

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.
$15 in advance; $20 at the door.


July 24
8:00 PM
Buckhannon Brothers

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!
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.


July 25
8:00 PM
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August 2015


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!
$10 in advance; $15 at the door


August 14
8:00 PM
Cree Rider Family Band

Cree Rider Family Band!

Americana singer/songwiter 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!
$10 in advance; $15 at the door



August 15
8:00 PM
Johnny Fox

Johnny Fox!

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 hear!
$10 in advance; $15 at the door


August 21
8:00 PM

Kim Lansford

Nathan McAlister

Kim Lansford and Nathan McAlister!

Old-time Ozark 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.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door


August 22
8:00 PM

Songbird Cafe

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!

Brigitte Demeyer
Phoebe Elliot
Gina Venier and
Katherine Winston

Tickets: http://www.songbird-stl.com/#tickets-section

August 26
7:30 - 9:30 PM
The Foggy Memory Boys

The Foggy Memory Boys!

The 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.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door


August 28
8:00 PM

The Chimps!

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.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door


August 29
8:00 PM
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Red-Tail Ring
John Higgins and friends
Spencer Bohren
Howard and Tricia Spencer-Rains
Sarah McQuaid
Brooks Williams
Sean Tyrell
David Gans
Brian McNeill
Chris Smither
Pete Morton
Ed Miller
Andy Cohen and Marge Steiner


Advance tickets to any of our listed concerts may ONLY be purchased at
until noon the day of the show.

Tickets go on sale one month prior to the concert unless otherwise noted.
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