The Focal Point
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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!
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The Colin Sphinctor Band!
Louis tradition by now, the Colin
Sphincters were formed in 1973, by
Jay Schober, who generated the idea
while driving a VW microbus across
Wyoming under a full moon. Jay
wrote a ridiculous song and talked a
bunch of friends into coming over and
recording it at his house. They have
since invited some of the finest
rock/folk musicians in St Louis to
accompany them. Outrageous
parodies, silly songs, great sounds;
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
Sins of the Pioneers!
A multi-generational, Roots Music
band featuring some of St. Louis's best
musical veterans. Band members
include Mark "Sunnyboy" Mason,
Tom Mason, "Wild" Bill Mason, John
"The Conqueror" Webb, Geoff Seitz,
and Gentleman Jim Brennan.
You may hear songs from the likes of
Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima, Louis
Dewey Balfa, Roy Acuff, Bob Wills,
Chuck Berry, or anything else that
suits their fancy-- it goes on.
They're on Facebook!
Ben Bedford delivers intriguing
sketches of America, its individuals,
their victories and their struggles.
Bedford’s songs tackle scenarios
including homelessness, the plight of
a Confederate soldier’s wife during
the American Civil War, the aerial
triumphs of Amelia Earhart, the life of
Jack London, the murder of Emmett
Till in 1955, John the Baptist, the poet
Vachel Lindsay and even the 1973
standoff between members of The
American Indian Movement and
federal agents on the Pine Ridge
One of the world’s foremost
fingerstyle guitarists and harpguitarists,
Muriel Anderson is the first
woman to have won the National
Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. An
engaging performer, her obvious joy
of music, humor, and facility across
musical genres is revered by guitarists
and audiences worldwide. She has
recorded with country legend Chet
Atkins, performed in New York with
Les Paul, across the globe solo, in
ensemble and with orchestras. She is a
prolific composer of music on guitar
and harp guitar.
Dan is one of the finest old-time
musicians working today. Familiar
with traditional styles of music from
old recordings, he developed his own
style of fiddle, banjo and voice. Dan's
performances bring to life the spirit
and atmosphere of old-time music as
heard on old 78 rpm records. While
Dan is playing, the audience gets the
sense he had entered another world
which combines all his influences, yet
it is his powerful playfulness and
improvisational sensibilities which
make his style powerful and instantly
recognizable. Dan Gellert is a
commanding and uncompromising
Switchback!For over two decades, Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack, known as Switchback, have entertained crowds with their unique American Roots ~ Celtic Soul blend of music. Brian and Martin play an exciting mix of mandolin, guitar, and bass. Their harmonies have won them comparisons to famous duos, such as the Louvin Brothers, the Everly Brothers, and Simon and Garfunkel. Their Celtic music is authentically Irish, with equal respect for traditional and modern artists and styles.
$15 in advance; $20 at the door.
Bruce Molsky!Master fiddler/multi-instrumentalist, Bruce Molsky is a folklorist, handselecting songs learned from field recordings, festivals, and old-timers. If It Ain’t Here When I Get Back is the title of Molsky’s March 2013 release. It is an aural autobiography, paying tribute to the people Molsky has lived his musical life with over the past 45 years and incorporating the sounds of his travels. “Community is integral to the music,” Molsky explains. “Most of us started playing in a social context. The music is all about pulse and heartbeat - everybody has that, it’s just expressed a little differently in different places. There’s always common ground that we can find.”
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.
WORKSHOP TBA; call Jim for info: 314 640 3458
Brooks Williams writes groove-laden
songs and delivers them with an easygoing
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 back-catalogue
of songs, recordings and tales. With
nearly 20 CDs to his name – and more
on the way – this Statesboro Georgia
native is, according to americanaUK,
“impossible not to like."
Brooks comes with the best possible
reference for any guitarist: Martin
Simpson says, “I’ve known Brooks
for many years. He’s a lovely player, a
lovely singer, and a great writer and a
lovely man. The real thing.”
Pop Wagner and Bob Bovee!
Pop has quite the reputation as a
singer, picker, fiddler, lasso twirler,
poet and downright funny guy.
His cowboy anthems crackle with the
warmth of a prairie campfire and his
old time fiddle tunes set toes a-tappin'
while he serves up spellbinding rope
tricks and tall stories -- all with a good
dose of friendly humor. Bob is a
kindred soul: No one handles old-time
cowboy and humorous songs better
than Bob. His vocals are hauntingly
rough. His guitar and harmonica are as
good as you will ever hear. Whether
performing in concert, playing for a
barn dance, or on a recording, these
two leave you wanting more.
Blue Fusion plays a style that
breaches musical boundaries that can
take the Blues beyond the boring and
bring Fusion back within reach.Their
energetic and exciting shows are made
of funky grooves with a super-collided
blend of blues, rock, jazz, latin, and
world music performed with a high
level of musical interaction. The band
consists of Derek Lauer, guitar; Phil
Gomez, keyboards; Paul Brackens,
bass; Zak Prater, drums; and Jason
Paiva on sax. Focal Point is delighted
to bring them back after too long an
Coming in January & February 20151-9: Three Pints Gone!
1-10: Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers!
1-17: Richard Smith!
1-23: The One-Take Band!
1-24: Auset Music Project!
2-6: Greg Klyma.
2-13: Ray Bonneville!
2-14: Mother Grove!
2-21: Wire Pilots!
2-28: Brad Leftwich & Linda Higginbotham!
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.
Page updated 10/27/14