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The Focal Point

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

Concerts 2015
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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.....



Coming Soon! A New Website!


September 2015


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:

Doug Irving ( NY),
Isabelle Davis (CO),
Ivas John ( MO)
Rae Fitzgerald (MO)

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

September 23
7:30 - 9:30 PM
Howard and Tricia Spencer-Rains

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



September 26
8:00 PM
Ray Bonneville

Ray Bonneville!

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



September 30
7:00 PM
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October 2015

Sarah McQuaid

Sarah McQuaid!

Sarah McQuaid’s voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and “honey poured into wine” (Minor 7th). A captivating performer, she seduces her audience with stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship; in her hands, the guitar becomes much more than merely an accompanying instrument. Born in Spain, raised in Chicago and now living in rural England, Sarah refuses to be pigeonholed, segueing easily from one of her emotive originals into a 1930s Cuban jazz number, a 16th century lute piece or an unexpected contemporary cover
$15 in advance; $20 at the door.



October 2
8:00 PM

Brooks Williams

Brooks Williams!

Ranked one of the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, singer-songwriter Brooks Williams writes groove-laden songs and delivers them with an easy-going 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 backcatalogue of songs, recordings and tales. With nearly 20 CDs to his name – and more on the way – this Statesboro Georgia native is, according to Americana UK, “impossible not to like.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.


October 3
8:00 PM
David Gans

David Gans!

Gans describes his career in musical journalism as "getting 'sidetracked'" from his first love: actually making music. In the mid-1990s, with the death of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead’s subsequent extended hiatus, Gans decided to set journalism on the backburner and focus on music again. For this concert, we will hear David in his solo electric format.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.


October 10
8:00 PM
Brian McNeill

Brian McNeill!

Multiinstrumentalist, writer, founder of Battlefield Band, educator, artist, historian-- a true Renaissance man, Brian McNeill is one of Scotland's national treasures and one of Focal Point's most dearly beloved performers! He has recorded albums of gorgeous fiddle tunes, contemporary original music with a point and bite that make one sit up and listen, and wideranging historically-themed concept albums. Come out and be entertained, uplifted and informed!
$15 in advance; $20 at the door.


October 16
8:00 PM
Chris Smither

Chris Smither!

A profound songwriter, Chris Smither draws deeply from the blues, American folkmusic, modern poets, and philosophers. Reviewers continue to praise his dazzling guitar work, gravelly voice and songwriting. Chris Smither grew up in New Orleans where he first started playing music as a child. Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for 50 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original. As Acoustic Guitar magazine wrote, Smither sings about “the big things – life, love, loss – in a penetrating and poetic yet unpretentious way.”
$30 in advance; $35 at the door.


October 17
8:00 PM
Pete Morton

Pete Morton!

The Scottish Herald says, "As a chronicler of the human condition and wry observer of history and the march of progress, Morton is up there with fellow Englishmen Richard Thompson and Chris Wood, and as a people watcher…he can get close to Ray Davis. He is that good." We couldn't have said it better ourselves. Pete is an old friend of Focal Point; we've missed him and are delighted to welcome him back to the States.
$15 in advance; $20 at the door.


October 23
8:00 PM
Ed Miller

Ed Miller!

Ed Miller has been hailed as "one of the finest singers to come out of the Scottish Folksong Revival" and as "one of Scotland's best singing exports." Originally from Edinburgh, he has for many years been based in Austin, TX where he gained graduate degrees in Folklore and Geography at the University of Texas. His repertoire includes old and new Scottish material, from Robert Burns classics to his own compositions.
$15 in advance; $20 at the door.


October 24
8:00 PM
Fire dog

Musical Merry-Go-Round welcomes FIRE DOG Holloween Costume Party

It's a FIRE DOG Halloween costume party concert!
Costumes very much encouraged!
Kids or adult, $10; Children under 24 months are free but must sit on ticketed adult's lap.


October 25
12 Noon
Richard Gilewitz

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


October 25
7:00 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:

Brian Henneman, Brian Curran, Jesse Irwin and Kip Loui

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

October 28
7:30 - 9:30 PM

On Ensemble Taiko Quartet!

On Ensemble is at the forefront of a growing artistic movement in the taiko (Japanese ensemble drumming) world. Led by childhood friends Shoji Kameda and Masato (Maz) Baba, On Ensemble has made a name for itself by infusing the powerful rhythms of taiko with overtone singing, odd meter grooves and soaring melodies. Their fearless musical explorations have taken the ancient instruments of taiko into new realms and have established a distinctly modern expression for the art form.
$15 in advance; $20 at the door.


October 29
7:00 PM
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November 2015

Marge Steiner and Andy Cohen

Andy Cohen and Marge Steiner!

Andy Cohen is a virtuosic blues guitarist whose repertoire consists largely of African/American music and song of the Southeast quadrant of the United States. Marge Steiner sings ballads and folk songs that she collected in her folklore fieldwork in Northern Ireland and in Canada, and anything else that strikes her fancy. Her repertoire ranges from serious to sacred to silly. Andy's tasteful guitar work serves as a wonderful complement to Marge's singing.
$15 in advance; $20 at the door.


November 6
8:00 PM
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Colin Sphinctor band,
Augusta Bottoms Consort,
Volo Bogtrotters,
Cathy and Dave Barton-Para,
Ethan Leinwand,
Rough Shop,
The Wee Heavies,
Jakes Leg,
Wire Pilots,
The Paul McKenna Band!


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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