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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.....


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August 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: 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 http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1815494

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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September 2015


Denny Laine (From Paul McCartney & Wings/Moody Blues) with The Cryers!

An original member of the Moody Blues, and later cofounder of Wings with Paul McCartney, Denny Laine has played and sung in every imaginable venue for every imaginable crowd! His move to the U.S. and formation of a new band has opened up a new set of possibilities: his songs with the Cryers are well worth your attention. We are thrilled to present Denny Laine at Focal Point; don't miss this one!
$20 in advance; $25 at the door.


September 4
8:00 PM

Red Tail Ring!

Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo present old-timey music with new-timey sounds! Their collaboration blends the loving attention of revivalist fervor with the playful creativity of starting from scratch. You'll hear haunting harmonies and instrumental artistry on fiddle, banjo, mandolin, jawharp, and plain- old foot stomping. “We love pushing the boundaries of what a traditional song can be,” says Beauchamp. “It informs how we write our original songs. There’s a real energy exchange between the old and the new.”
$10 in advance; $20 at the door.


September 11
8:00 PM

Javier Mendoza at The Focal Point- a benefit for USO St.Louis

St. Louis favorite, Javier Mendoza, will be performing to benefit the USO, St.Louis Missouri. Our USO has received recognition as a number one facility in the states. Their purpose is to provide a respite for military as they travel between posts. The hospitality of the facility reaches out to families of the service men and women with food, recreation and gracious hospitality. Funding for "the best USO" comes from local fund raising events, not national funds. All receipts from ticket sales will be donated to USO St.Louis Missouri. Our amazing Javier grew up as a military brat and is the perfect person to be performing for this event!


September 18
8:00 PM
Spencer Bohren

Spencer Bohren!

Spencer has a marvelous gift for sharing his great love for America’s wealth of traditional folk, blues, gospel, and country music with audiences of all ages. His ability to animate the musicians and singers from the past with both respectful readings of their music and spellbinding stories is legendary. The atmosphere of his New Orleans home subtly informs each performance. What’s more, the stories that preface the songs are as fascinating and well-crafted as the songs themselves. has a
$15 in advance; $20 at the door.



September 19
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:

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!

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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John Higgins and friends
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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