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The Focal Point

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

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.....



January 2015

Three Pints Gone

Three Pints Gone!

Milwaukee’s 3 Pints Gone performs traditional Celtic folk songs with a distinctive harmony-rich sound. The band has a passion for patriotic and rebel songs of Ireland and Scotland. Led by Bill’s powerful tenor voice, 3 Pints Gone is rounded out with the vocal talents of Kathleen and Jessie’s fine guitar work and vocals. You've seen them at the Renaissance fair in Wentzville and Tartan Days in St .Charles. Now hear this truly amazing, unique, traditional'ish ,mostly a capella group at The Focal Point!
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.



January 9
8:00 PM
Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers

Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers!

The clothes don't tell you everything: The Sapsuckers may take their sartorial style from a combination of "Oh Brother Where Art Thou" and "Bonnie and Clyde" but they are in fact true masters of traditional old time fiddle tunes and tight vocal harmonies, including country, vaudeville, hits of the 1920s and 1930s, and original songs and tunes. Nikki Grossman and Joe Hart are known for the light touch and sense of humor they bring to their performance. Welcome the Sapsuckers to their Focal Point return!!
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.



January 10
8:00 PM


(A Meshorer is a singing assistant to the cantor; Meshorerim is plural!) The Meshorerim octet began with singers from B'nai Amoona or Kol Rinah. Their repertoire is usually, but not always, focused on Jewish music, especially including traditional melodies, and compositions and arrangements by Fred Blumenthal and Andy Curry. This will be a delightful performance, full of history, glorious voices, humor and great music! NOTE 7PM START TIME for a Sunday concert.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.


January 11
7:00 PM
Richard Smith

Richard Smith!

When Richard Smith picks up a guitar, it's a treat for the ears and the eyes. Audiences watch in amazement, while his fingers dance over fret board and strings, and listen in delight, as melody and groove fill the room. It's a natural gift for him and we are delighted to have him back in St. Louis. While Richard really has a style of his own, You'll likely be treated to his very authentic renditions of tunes by a few of his old friends Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed as well as tunes reminiscent of Django Reinhardt, Joe Pass, Doc Watson, Newgrass Revival, Albert Lee, Jorge Morel and others of their caliber. -- Believe us-- This man is a guitar Shark with very sharp teeth .You DONT want to miss this one
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.



January 17
8:00 PM

One-Take Band!

Danielle Aslanian, Brian Corbet Daryle Keefer and Dennis Ward are The One Take Band .Their music is as diverse as their backgrounds, and draws influence from all over the Country. The sound is an acoustic amalgamation drawing on the soulful traditions of rock, reggae, jazz, blues, and bluegrass. These amazing musicians are true local heroes. They've impressed us for the past 3 years in a row and we're looking forward to the 4th.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.



January 23,
8:00 PM

Auset Music Project Birthday Bash!

AusetSarno and her Music Project have been celebrating her birthday with The Focal Point for some years now. It is always phenomenal and we're sure that 2015 will be no exception. Great songwriting, a few choice covers, superb musicianship on pedal steel guitar, bass, drums, guitar & perfect vocals, a wide variety of special guests (in this case Dan Fazio, Andy Ploof, & Auset's Daughter), birthday cake for all and a whole New year (minus a month)!
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.



January 24
8:00 PM
Songbird cafe

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 in advance.

For January:

Emily Wallace,
Matt Schmidt,
Mel Besher and
Adam Yount

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


January 28
7:30 PM
River Rats

River Rats Band!

The River Rats are a collaboration between Andy and Maggie Grossi, Dan McHugh and Keith Halley, all friends from the St. Louis area brought together by their love of playing acoustically driven music. Having played together in other local bands, such as Alsop Grossi Halley and Pik'n Lik'n, the River Rats were born of a desire to play more traditional American Music and keep alive the music of their roots. With rich harmonies and driving rhythm, the River Rats play everything from gypsy jazz and country swing to blues and rock'n roll. With each member of the band bringing a unique voice, Andy primarily plays the resonator guitar and mandolin, with Maggie on the fiddle, Dan on the guitar and harps, and Keith bringing up the bass end.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.



January 31
8:00 PM
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February 2015

Greg Klyma

Greg Klyma !

Greg Klyma is a prolific songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and seasoned performer. His birth date puts him squarely in the middle of Generation X, but Greg is an old-school troubadour. His enduring themes, articulate and amusing stories, and populist ideals make him one of those rare young artists who is carrying the torch of Woody and Ramblin' Jack. He rolls in off the road, pulls out a guitar, and proceeds to take us back to the basics: family, love, gratitude, and laughter!
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.



February 6
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. Vocalist/songwriter Emily Wallace will also appear as their special guest.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.


February 7
8:00 PM

Mother Grove!

Mother Grove will get you up and dancing jig after jig with their unique blend of well crafted original rock music and rousing rocked up traditional songs. But nestled between the hard hitting bagpipes, drums, bass and guitar and the sweet, rocking fiddle, penny whistle and mandolin are creative original rock songs, with lyrics that will leave you singing along, brushing back a tear or even scratching your head.
$15 in advance; $20 at the door.


February 14
8:00 PM
Wire Pilots

The Wire Pilots!

The WirePilots are Dan Rubright, composer and guitarist, Ted Rubright, electro/acoustic percussion and Ric Vice, upright bass. The St. Louis, MO based trio plays an eclectic mix of Dan’s compositions with a couple of covers thrown in from time to time. They improvise over chord changes so they’re comfortable calling it jazz or fusion, but there is an underlying pop sensibility that blurs traditional genre boundaries and appeals to listeners of all ages.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.


February 21
8:00 PM
Songbird cafe

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
$15 in advance; $18 in advance.

For February:

Hailey Whitters ( Nashville),
Jordyn Shellhart ( Nashville),
Karen Choi ( Minnesota) and
Myla Smith ( Memphis)

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


February 25
7:30 PM
Diesel Island

Diesel Island!

It's easy to take Diesel Island for granted, to forget that it's still one of the strongest purveyors of classic country music in town. Led by veteran singer Kip Loui and the Bottle Rockets' Brian Henneman, and featuring new members Tim McAvin and Spencer Marquart — Diesel Island now finds a home and gigs in a catch-as-catch-can fashion. Nobody plays the great songs of '60s and '70s country music — from Waylon to Merle to Buck to all outlaw points in between — quite like these veterans.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.

February 27
8:00 PM

Brad Leftwich!

Brad's music is a direct link to the traditions of the southern Appalachian and Ozark mountains. He grew up hearing the old-time music of his father, grandfather, and great-uncle, and learned from many of the last great traditional musicians from the turn of the 20th century. A wellknown fiddler, banjo player, and singer, Brad has been performing and teaching traditional music for some 30 years. Brad has won the fiddle contest at the prestigious Appalachian String Band Music Festival in Clifftop, West Virginia, and his fiddling has been acclaimed by critics in magazines as diverse as Billboard and Bluegrass Unlimited. He tours internationally and has performed at venues from Merlefest to the White House.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.

February 28
8:00 PM
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Coming in the Spring 2015

3-6: John Batdorf
3-7: Fiddlers Four: Marc Rennard, Geoff Seitz, Andrew O'Brien, Thayne Bradford!
3-13: Phil Ochs Tribute
3-14: Dutch Schultz
3-20 Raw Earth
3-21: Sparky & Rhonda Rucker
3-27: Randle Chowning (of Ozark Mountain Daredevils fame)
3-28: The Laws Sisters and Keltic Reign
4-3: T&A
4-4: Rafe & Clelia Stefani
4-10: Buddy Mondlock
4-11: Sadie Hawkins Day
4-12: John McCutcheon
4-17: Mick Byrd
4-18: Ben Bedford and Tall Trees
5-1: Dennis Stroughmatt & L'Esprit Creole

Tickets: 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.
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