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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.....



Coming Soon! A New Website!


November 2015

Volo Bogtrotters

The Volo Bogtrotters!

The Volo 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!
$15 in advance; $20 at the door.


November 21
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:

Connie Fairchild,
Michele Isam,
Mike Newman and
David Torretta

Tickets: http://www.songbird-stl.com/#tickets-section

November 25
7:30 PM

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


November 27
8:00 PM


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.
$15 in advance; $20 at the door.


November 28
8:00 PM
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December 2015

Ethan Leinwand

Ethan Leinwand!

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



December 5
8:00 PM
Rough Shop

Rough Shop's Annual Holiday Party!

Rough Shop 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 before!
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.



Friday & Saturday
December 11 & 12
8:00 PM

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



December 18
8:00 PM
Jake's Leg

Jake's Leg's 3rd annual acoustic Holiday Dance Party!

Their annual 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.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.



December 19
8:00 PM
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Coming in 2016

Fisher and Ronstadt,
Il Troubadore,
Falling Fences,
the Auset Music Project,
Mother Grove,
Thayne Bradford & Gary Hunt,
the Wire Pilots,
Cary Morin,
Ben & Joe,
Sean canan,
the Paul McKenna Band,
Muriel Anderson, and Sean Tyrell,
to name only a few!
Our schedule is growing, our concerts for 2016 promise to be splendid!


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.

Dancing & Jamming


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