The Focal Point
Traditional & Original Music Concert Series & Arts Center
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This year marks Focal Point's 40th year of existence,
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The Volo Bogtrotters!
Bogtrotters hit the ground running
somewhere near Chicago in
the mid-1980s. They quickly gained a
reputation around the Midwest and across
the country for their twin-fiddle renditions
of songs that Chirps Smith collected from
older fiddlers in downstate Illinois during
his days with the legendary Indian Creek
Delta Boys. In 2011 all six members of the
band -Fred Campeau (fiddle, banjo,
Hawaiian guitar), Steve Rosen (banjo,
mandolin, fiddle), Tony Scarimbolo (bass,
harmonica), Chirps Smith (fiddle,
mandolin), along with Jim Nelson and Paul
Tyler - joined forces in a reconstituted and
rejuvenated version of the band that is
better than ever. You won't want to miss
this first time ever St. Louis concert
performance by the Midwest's premiere
old-time string band!
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:
The Missouri Rounders!
A St Louis
supergroup: John Higgins, Thayne
Bradford, Charlie Pfeffer, Vince Corkery,
and Bob Breidenbach! You've seen them all
before, but in this configuration they are
going to make you smile! The Rounders are
probably more bluegrass than anything, but
these people can play absolutely anything
they want. They sing, write songs, find the
best of old treasures from the country/
bluegrass world, and among the five of
them, own the hottest of hot licks on guitar,
bass, mandolin, fiddle, and slide guitar. A
perfect interlude to a Thanksgiving
Cathy Barton is a protégé
of Roy Acuff, Jimmie Driftwood,
and Grandpa Jones. A master of the frailing
banjo style, she is a multiple winner of the
Tennessee old-time banjo championship.
She introduced the hammered dulcimer to
the Walnut Valley Festival at Winfield, and
holds a master's degree in folklore. Dave
Para, playing with old-time performers, has
developed a great repertoire of traditional
songs and stories, and a fantastic stage
presence that carries over into their
recordings. They have befriended many
old-time musicians, encouraging them to
join in both performing and recording.
Many of their recordings include other
legacy folk artists and Missouri old-time
fiddlers, as well as Bob Dyer (the Bard of
Boonville). Cathy, Dave, and Bob worked
on a project collecting and recording Civil
War songs from the Midwest. Dave's great
six- and 12-string guitar work, Cathy's
banjo, dulcimer, and autoharp, and their
fine harmony singing make the pair's
recordings a listening treasure.
Ethan is a Blues
pianist and preservationist. Originally from
Middletown, CT - and by way of New
Orleans and Brooklyn, NY - he is now
based in St. Louis, MO. Though his
repertoire runs the gamut of piano blues
traditions, he specializes in pre-war St.
Louis barrelhouse, early Chicago boogiewoogie,
and New Orleans rhythm 'n' blues.
His influences include: Jimmy Yancey,
Henry Brown, Aaron 'Pinetop' Sparks,
Little Brother Montgomery, 'Cripple'
Clarence Lofton, Montana Taylor, Jabo
Williams, Albert Ammons, Otis Spann,
Professor Longhair, and James Booker.
Rough Shop's Annual Holiday Party!
are veteran St. Louis musicians, with
hundreds of nights behind them on stages
large and small, singing and playing songsthey’ve loved and songs they’ve written.
From rock ‘n’ roll to pop music, from
Americana to soul music, the members of
Rough Shop have listened to, studied,
absorbed and converted the influence of so
many strains of American music.
Songwriters John Wendland and Andy
Ploof, with their usual distinguished
collection of local musician friends, have
made it a tradition to host a two-night
Holiday Party here, with the proceeds
divided among charities of the band's
choice, as their way of supporting music in
St Louis. We are delighted and grateful that
this show goes on. Come for the music;
come for the fun; come to see more Santa
Clauses than you ever saw in one place
|Friday & Saturday
December 11 & 12
The Wee Heavies!
Four incredible singers:
Jay Harkey, Peter Meredith, Steve Neale,
and Aaron Schiltz, make up the Wee
Heavies. They're a mostly a capella quartet
dedicated to music in the Anglo-Celtic
tradition. The Heavies sing mainly their
own arrangements in an eclectic mix that
runs the gamut from the traditional to the
modern. The group has been steadily
making a name for themselves over the past
two years. Whether singing at major
festivals or at more intimate gatherings,
their ability to connect with their audiences
immediately and in a meaningful way is
notable. The rapport of the group
brings humor to their shows, and their
musical storytelling combined with the fine
blend of their voices makes their singing
memorable. --Please come welcome them
to their first full length Focal point concert.
You'll be glad you did!
Jake's Leg's 3rd annual acoustic Holiday Dance Party!
appearance here is also becoming a Focal
Point tradition:. Spanning the generations,
Jakes Leg has been performing the music of
The Grateful Dead for 39 years. (That’ s
only 11'ish years less than the Dead played
Dead themselves!) This will be an acoustic
performance. ALSO, the show will likely
not be the perfectly silent listening
experience we are known for. However, we
promise that it will be great fun for all.
---Dancing recommended but not required.
Coming in 2016
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