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The Focal Point

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

Concerts 2014

August      September       October

We are proud to introduce a new series! In an effort to expand our traditional, close-to-home theme, we have assembled an Old-Time Music Consortium, whose task will be to select the best and most interesting music featuring significant artists in the field. Look for their monthly concerts, and occasionally workshops, marked with *asterisks*!

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September 2014


Foggy Memory Boys

Watt Hill

Foggy Memory Boys!
with Watt Hill

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.

Watt Hill is a hard driving bluegrass ensemble from the St. Louis area. Performing at festivals, clubs, and other venues throughout the Midwest, Watt Hill has a wide repertoire of originals, instrumentals, and classic bluegrass standards. They were formed relatively recently in the fall of 2013 and are comprised of St. Louis' best acoustic musicians from various outfits. Watt Hill was formed as 3 instructors from the KDHX Folk School of Music expressed their uniquely St. Louis style of bluegrass and acoustic music and wanted to share it with others.
$10 in advance; $10 at the door.

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September 5
8:00 PM
Dutch Schultz

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!
$10 in advance; $15 at the door



September 6
8:00 PM
Dave Gans

David Gans!

David 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. David 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." David will be spending the 7th at FP, and then performing on the 9th at the Shanti in Soulard!
$15 in advance; $20 at the door.



September 7
7:00 PM


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



September 12
8:00 PM

The Skirtlifters!

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



September 13
8:00 PM
Michael Jonathan

Michael Jonathan!

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



September 19
8:00 PM

Songbird Cafe!

Songbird presents Singer/Songwriters In The Round ( surrounded by audience) Performing this month are:

  • Justin Brown
  • Dana Michael Anderson
  • Stephanie Lambring (Nashville)
  • Hailey Whitters ( Nashville)

You will enjoy a listening experience without the barroom noise!! Doors open at 6:45PM Show starts at 7:30 PM
Makes for a great date night experience!!!
Tickets $12 in advance; $15 at the door.

Advance tickets available a www.songbird-stl.com

Many stories will be told, Many songs will be sung!!!

September 24
7:30 PM

Jake's Leg

Auset Music Project

Jake's Leg, with
Auset Music Project!

Spanning the generations, Jakes Leg has been performing the music of The Grateful Dead for 38 years. (That’s only 9ish years less than the Dead played Dead themselves!) This will be an acoustic performance and seating will be limited as some of our seats will be removed for dance space. Also, the show will likely not be the perfectly silent listening experience we are known for. However, we promise that it will sound great!

AMP are no strangers to Focalpoint and have consistently sold our room out over the years with their beautiful music. Singer/ songwriter, /multi-instrumentalist, Auset Sarno, with Brad Sarno on pedal steel guitar, 6 string guitar ,Stephen Nowels on bass, and Dennis Stringfield on drums.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door




September 26
8:00 PM
Leroy Pierson

Leroy Pierson!

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
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.



September 27
8:00 PM
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October 2014


Sarah McQuaid!

Rising star Sarah McQuaid’s voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and “honey poured into wine.” She seduces her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship. In her hands, the guitar becomes much more than merely an accompanying instrument. Her musical output reflects her own eclectic background: Sarah was born in Spain, raised in Chicago, holds dual US and Irish citizenship, and now lives in rural England. Sarah captivates listeners with her beautifully crafted originals and her interpretations of material from around the globe and down the centuries.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.


October 3
8:00 PM
Eric Lambert

Eric Lambert!

Eric Lambert has been pickin’ and grinnin’ his way into people’s hearts for over 40 years. Specializing in the fiery art of flatpicking, he has built a distinguished career writing, performing, recording, and teaching Americana music in and around Chicago, IL and beyond. Traces of rock, folk, bluegrass, country, and blues can be detected throughout his music, delivered with energy, soul, and inspiration. H playful spirit and warm sense of joy makes people feel right at home.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door


October 4
8:00 PM
Tom and Alice

T & A! Tom and Alice!

Two of the major voices in the Geyer Street Sheiks, Tom Hall and Alice Spencer, have been exploring their peculiar brand of American musical heritage for many years, and have collected a huge hoard of the coolest songs ever! The blend is superb, the aesthetic is one you'll appreciate, and the show will be incredibly good. 
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.

They're on Facebook!

October 5
7:00 PM

Finnegans Wake!

When John Van Orman met Bill Furry and Bill Rintz almost 41 years ago in Springfield, IL, they discovered a love of British, Irish, and American folk songs that continues until today.They first played at Focal Point, as best as they can remember, back in 1975, Focal Point's first year in operation! They combine sea songs, murder ballads, Ewan MacColl and Stephen Foster songs with John Van Orman's originals. Their wide-ranging accompaniment includes guitars, concertinas, and fiddles, hurdy-gurdy, mandolin, shruti box, pennywhistle, and celeste. Catch them now--don't wait 39 years for their next appearance!
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.

October 10
8:00 PM
Brian McNeill

Brian McNeill!

Brian McNeill is one of the most acclaimed forces in Scottish music. A powerful singer, virtuoso fiddler/multi-instrumentalist, arresting contemporary songwriter, Brian combines the roles of performer, composer, producer, teacher, musical director, band leader, and novelist with finesse, conviction and humanity. He has performed around the globe, both as a soloist and with some of the era’s most influential bands, including Battlefield Band, which he founded in 1969, and Clan Alba. We're delighted to have him back!
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.


October 11
8:00 PM
Red Headed Strangers

Red-Headed Strangers!

The RHS (named, of course, after the legendary Willie Nelson album) bring a staggering knowledge of classic country, traditional American,old Irish and progressive songwriting to the table. Maureen Sullivan takes the lead with their amazing vocal harmonies. Add in piano, drums, and tons of strings from Brian Sullivan, Dan Sullivan, Tim Sullivan (yes, that's four Sullivan siblings), Mark Mason, Tom Coryell, and Brian Wiegert. Then you have a true, down-home, honkytonk family band!
$10 in advance; $10 at the door.

They're on Facebook and MySpace!

October 17
8:00 PM
Amy Lord

Amy Lord!

Amy is a vibrant, delightful singer whose cheery, sassy presence belies her impressive voice and credentials! In 2007 she graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with an Honors Degree in Scottish Music. Whilst there, she studied under some of Scotland's finest Scots singers and traditional musicians. Shortly after graduating, she was a finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Competition in 2008. We're happy to welcome her back to St Louis!
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.


October 18
8:00 PM
Johnny Fox

Johnny Fox!

Johnny has been playing professionally since the age of 13. Originally rock-oriented, he made the switch to blues and hasn't looked back. His guitar work is impressive; his lyrics soulful, his timing impeccable. For this performancehe will be joined by his brother Jim Fox and Peewee Rootman. The new CD, “Room to Move and Time to Think” will be available for sale; be there!
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.


October 24
8:00 PM
John Bolduan

John Bolduan!

John is a phenomenal guitarist/singer who hails from St. Louis, Missouri, USA, though most of his musical career has taken place in and around Bilbao, Spain. His music is quirky, cosmopolitan, heartfelt and polished with use in many venues and situations all over the world. Nice to see him back in town!
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.


October 25
8:00 PM
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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Coming in November/December:

Jeff & Frank Fairfield 11-1
Colin Sphinctor Band 11-7
Richard Gilewitz 11- 8
Sins of the Pioneers! 11-14
Ben Bedford 11-15
Muriel Anderson 11-21
Dan Gellert 11-22
Switchback 12-5
Bruce Molsky 12-6
Brooks Williams 12-12
Pop Wagner and Bob Bovee 12-13
Rough Shop Holiday Party! 12-19&20
Blue Fusion 12-27
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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