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The Focal Point

Traditional & Original Music Concert Series & Arts Center
2720 Sutton - Maplewood, MO 63143
314-560-2778

Concerts 2014 – 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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March 2015

 

Raw Earth, with special guests Ngoma in Motion!

The Casbah-ssippi will be in the house with Baghdad blues and much more. Raw Earth offers listeners lapslide blues with a supporting cast of hand drums. The pulse of the Serengeti will blend with some classic Celtic and good old roots music to showcase the rich heritage of our American melting pot. Ngoma In Motion (NIM) blends the sounds of old world traditions that can only be found at the confluence of the Congo and our own Mississippi Valley. Their creative blend of blues chanting and spoken word are presented against a backdrop of funk, afro-Cuban and west African percussion. and to the world. NIM presents a heritage that embraces our circle of life and the sounds we share and enjoy.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1307505

Friday,
March 20
8:00 PM
Sparky and Rhonda Rucker

Sparky and Rhonda Rucker!

Focal Point favorites for 40 years! Sparky and Rhonda are the best introduction to the music and folklore of the American South that you can find anywhere. Sparky Rucker is internationally recognized as a leading folklorist, musician, historian, storyteller, and author. He accompanies himself with fingerstyle picking and bottleneck blues guitar, banjo, and spoons. Rhonda is a musician, children's author, storyteller, and songwriter. Her blues-style harmonica, piano, old-time banjo, and bones add musical versatility to their performances.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1307508

http://www.sparkyandrhonda.com/

Saturday,
March 21
8:00 PM

Songbird Cafè

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. Doors open at 6:45 PM
$12 in advance; $15 at the door.

For March:

Cree Rider,
Bryan Ranney,
Cheryl Wilson and
Molly Simms

BUY TICKETS:
We issue paperless tickets. You will be placed on our paid reservation list for show night. Questions?
Call Steve at 314-482-8994

Wednesday,
March 25
7:30 PM
RandleChowning

Randle Chowning!

Randle is a Missouri musician and songwriter best known as the founder of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils. Recently, he has returned to Springfield, Missouri after nearly ten years in Nashville where he is writing songs that draw influence from rock, country, bluegrass, folk and blues. The style of the music is "all over the place" and well worth a listen
$15 in advance; $20 at the door.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1307513

http://www.randlechowning.com/

Friday,
March 27
8:00 PM

Laws Sisters

Mitzi McDonald

Michael Levine

The Laws Sisters (with Keltic Reign Lite!)

St Louis sisters Holly and Ashby Laws have grown up playing Celtic and American country music, alongside their talented mother, Mitzi McDonald, in her band, Keltic Reign. They also studied with master Irish musicians in the St Louis School for Irish Arts.This time, the girls take center stage, accompanied by Mitzi, with Michael Levine on guitars. We are always delighted to feature brilliant young musicians to our stage, come out and make them welcome!
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1307515

Saturday,
March 28
8:00 PM
 
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April 2015

 
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.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1318933

http://www.tomandalicemusic.com/

Friday,
April 3
8:00 PM
Buddy Mondlock

Buddy Mondlock!

Buddy Mondlock writes songs. He does it so well that some great songwriters have recorded his songs on their own albums. He's going to draw you into his world, where a single snowflake follows the trajectory of a relationship, where you get your pocket picked by a Roman cat, where you might swim over the edge of the world if you're not careful and where dreams that don't come true still count.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1318941

http://buddymondlock.com/

Friday,
April 10
8:00 PM
SadieHawkinsDay

Sadie Hawkins Day!

Traditional instrumental melodies & homegrown vocal harmonies on old folk ballads, banjo songs, & old country standards of love & heartbreak, moonshine & madness, murder & suicide, trucks & trains, & random oddments. That’s how we roll. Influences: Lovers, laughers, gamblers, fighters, drinkers, dancers, hobos, jokers, tricksters, organizers, agitators, and ... oh wait, did you mean musical influences? All of 'em. BY THE WAY, this will be a CD release party!!
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1318943

http://sadiehawkinsdaystringband.com/music



Saturday,
April 11
8:00 PM
John McCutcheon

John McCutcheon!

A special concert from folk music's renaissance man — master instrumentalist, powerful singersongwriter, storyteller, activist, and author. “John McCutcheon is not only one of the best musicians in the USA, but also a great singer, songwriter, and song leader. And not just incidentally, he is committed to helping hard-working people everywhere to organize and push this world in a better direction.” — Pete Seeger
$30 in advance; $35 at the door.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1318991

http://www.folkmusic.com/

Sunday,
April 12
7:00 PM

Ben Bedford

Tim Grimm

 

Ben Bedford & Tim Grimm are The Tall Trees!

Ben Bedford has proven himself to be a truly inspired and talented storyteller. A true son of the heartland, Bedford dips into the deep inkwell of classic American literature and writes with the ‘old soul’ quality of his literary idols.-Tim Grimm a musician, actor & poet walks the fine line between folk and country, while maintaining a strong footing in tradition. We hear the rural rumblings that have shaped his life, but are also invited in to see a bigger picture, like so much of his work.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1319047

http://www.benbedford.com/
http://timgrimm.com/index/

Saturday,
April 18
8:00 PM
John Bolduan

John Bolduan!

John Bolduan hails from St. Louis, Missouri, USA, but has lived in Spain for the past several years, broadening his musical language. His first album is entitled "Can't Fight Fire with a Match". It features lively melodies, heartfelt lyrics and tasteful fingerstyle guitar licks that border on virtuoso while remaining remarkably pleasant to the casual listener
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1319118

http://johnbolduan.bandcamp.com/

Sunday,
April 19
7:00 PM

Songbird Cafè

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. Doors open at 6:45 PM
$25 in advance; $25 at the door.

For April:

Marshall Chapman and Tommy Womack will grace the stage from Nashville   

BUY TICKETS:
We issue paperless tickets. You will be placed on our paid reservation list for show night. Questions?
Call Steve at 314-482-8994

Wednesday,
April 22
7:30 PM

Charlie King

 

Charlie King!

Charlie King is a musical storyteller and political satirist.  He has been at the heart of American folk music for half a century and has been writing songs for the past 40 years.  Honors include: an "Indie" award for one of the top three folk recordings of 1984; the War Resisters League’s 1998 Peacemaker Award given to Charlie and Odetta; & the 1999 Sacco-Vanzetti Social Justice Award for which he was nominated by Pete Seeger.  His songs have been recorded and sung by Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, John McCutcheon, Arlo Guthrie, Peggy Seeger, and Chad Mitchell. 
$15 in advance; $20 at the door.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1319241

http://charlieking.org/

Thursday,
April 23
7:00 PM

Tionol weekend!

Big fun, join us at various locations all over town! Check out the website:
www.tionol.org

April 24 - 26
 
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Coming in May/June 2015


Dennis Stroughmatt & L'Esprit Creole!
TEMPEST!
3 Crooked Men!
White Mules!
Rocky and the Wranglers!
Paddy Keenan!
Al and Emily Cantrell!
The Root Diggers!
George Worthmore!
The Colin Sphinctor Band!
Blue-Eyed Bettys!


 
     
   
Tickets: At the door or in advance at:
The Maya Cafe and
www.brownpapertickets.com/profile/85789
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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