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The Focal Point

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

Concerts 2014

March      April

We are proud to introduce a new series! In an effort to expand our traditional, close-to-home theme, we have assembled an Old-Time Music Consortium, whose task will be to select the best and most interesting music featuring significant artists in the field. Look for their monthly concerts, and occasionally workshops, marked with *asterisks*!

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March 2014

 
Jim Malcolm

Jim Malcolm!

Jim Malcolm is the ultimate Scots troubadour. Former lead singer of the Old Blind Dogs, he now performs solo, travelling the world with his guitar, harmonicas, and engaging wit. He sings the traditional songs of Scotland and his own masterfully crafted songs in a style which is modern and accessible, yet utterly authentic. He is highly regarded as an interpreter of the songs of Robert Burns, and has been described as “one of the finest singers in Scotland in any style”.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.

www.jimmalcolm.com/

Friday,
March 21
8:00 PM
James King

The James King Bluegrass Band!

 

Guitarist/singer James King was born in Martinsville, Va., and grew up in Carroll County -- one of the most fertile breeding grounds for bluegrass and old-time musicians. James' father, Jim, and his uncle, Joe Edd, were both musicians of note. As James entered his teens, he began to take the music seriously too. One of James' closest mentors was Ted Lundy, whose raw and heartfelt brand of bluegrass exerted a particularly strong influence on his music. Now living in Danville, he is joined by Rodney Worley on mandolin, Jesse Smathers on guitar, John Marquess on upright bass, Merl Johnson on fiddle, and Barry Crabtree on banjo.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.

www.thejameskingband.com/CRUISE.html

Saturday,
March 22
8:00 PM

Open Mic at Focal Point!

Sunday,
March 23
7:30 - 10:00 PM

Songbird Cafe!

Songbird presents Singer/Songwriters In The Round ( surrounded by audience) Performing this month are
Emily Higgins,
John Higgins,
Gary and Roberta Gordon ( The Gordons) 


You will enjoy a listening experience without the barroom noise!! Doors open at 6:45PM Show starts at 7:30 PM
Makes for a great date night experience!!!
Tickets $12 in advance or $15 at the door

Advance tickets available a www.songbird-stl.com

Many stories will be told, Many songs will be sung!!!

Wednesday,
March 26
7:30 PM
John Batdorf

John Batdorf and James Lee Stanley!

John Batdorf, back in the early seventies, was the talent-heavy half of the duo Batdorf and Rodney. He wrote some wonderful songs back then, among them "Home Again" , "Don't You Hear Me Callin' " and "Let Me Go". John has recently begun performing again as a solo artist and with his old friend James Lee Stanley, who has been doing the singer/songwriter thing for decades also. He is known as one of the best voices around and is revered for his storytelling and humor. Back in 2003 they got together and recorded All Wood and Stones and in 2013 All wood and stones 2, both reworkings of some of the early Rolling Stones catalog. Done as acoustic folk rock with harmony vocals. In addition to doing some of the mellower Stones stuff fairly true to the originals, they also attack some of the rockers greatly rearranged.
It all works splendidly both on CD and done live. --We've seen this performance once before and its a true treat. Don't miss this one!
$15 in advance; $20 at the door.

www.johnbatdorfmusic.com/
www.jamesleestanley.com/

Friday,
March 28
8:00 PM
Dennis Stroughmatt

Dennis Stroughmatt!

Fingers and bow flying, Dennis Stroughmatt takes listeners on a musical odyssey not so different from his own musical journeys into Upper Louisiana Creole Culture. Taught to play fiddle by local Creole fiddlers Roy Boyer and Charlie Pashia in the tradition of their fathers, Dennis gradually became an adopted son of the French Midwest Creoles living along the Mississippi River near St Louis.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.

www.creolefiddle.com/

Saturday,
March 29
8:00 PM
John Bolduan

*****John Bolduan! *****

John Bolduan, St.Louis native, musician, friend, international traveler, and linguist extraordinaire exported himself to Bilbao Spain some years ago and still makes his home there. A classically trained guitarist, John made his own path musically. While other young teens spent their time doing whatever teens do, we'd often find John attending Focal Point shows, inventing strange, wonderful guitar compositions, writing songs, practicing Capoeira on the sidewalk, or disappearing for months on end to visit foreign lands. Currently, John makes a living as a musician touring Europe. However, For one night only  he'll be performing Celtic and American traditional songs and tunes with us for his homecoming trip.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.

ALSO: Before the show, from 3 to 5 PM, John will be conducting a workshop in Celtic fingerstyle guitar: $30 at the door only. Workshop attendees will be admitted to the show for no additional charge!

johnbolduan.bandcamp.com/

Sunday,
March 30
7:00 PM

 
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April 2014

 
Bob Carlin

Bob Carlin! 8 PM; $10/$15

If there are more clawhammer banjo players in the world today than ever before, one of the contributing factors has been the lifework of a great banjo player by the name of Bob Carlin. Beginning with his seminal work, “Melodic Clawhammer Banjo,” recorded in 1977, Bob’s career has been centered on traditional Southern banjo music. For over thirty years his performances, recordings, lectures, workshops, research and prodigious writings have greatly enhanced the appreciation and knowledge for the banjo - and supplied road maps for aspiring banjoists seeking the authentic clawhammer style.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.

bobcarlinmusic.com/

Friday,
April 4
8:00 PM
Bob Bovee

Bob Bovee!

"No one handles old-time cowboy and humorous songs like Bob. His vocals are hauntingly rough, and his guitar and harmonica are as good as you’ll get!"
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.

 

Saturday,
April 5
8:00 PM

 

Tional

Friday, April 11-- Sunday, April 13: TIONOL! Our annual Celtic festival! Dates, venues, classes, prices, teachers, etc, can be found at www.tionol.org

Friday - Sunday
April 11 - 13

Open Mic at Focal Point!

Sunday,
April 13
7:30 - 10:00 PM
Geoff Muldaur

Geoff Muldaur!

Geoff Muldaur is one of the great voices and musical forces to emerge from the folk, blues and folk-rock scenes centered in Cambridge, MA and Woodstock, NY. During the 1960's and '70's, Geoff made a series of highly influential recordings as a founding member of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band and the Paul Butterfield's Better Days group, as well as collaborations with then-wife Maria and other notables (Bonnie Raitt, Eric Von Schmidt, Jerry Garcia, etc.). Geoff's newest albums, The Secret Handshake, Password, Private Astronomy and Texas Sheiks have met with high critical acclaim and feature Geoff's unusually crafted interpretations of classic, oftentimes obscure, American material as well as his own unique compositions.
$15 in advance; $20 at the door.

www.geoffmuldaur.com/

Friday,
April 18
8:00 PM
Tempest

Tempest!

A springtime tradition at Focal Point! Since forming in 1988, Tempest has delivered a globally-renowned hybrid of high-energy Folk Rock fusing Irish reels, Scottish ballads, Norwegian influences and other world music elements. The last 24 years have seen the San Francisco Bay Area band release fifteen critically acclaimed CDs and play more than 2,000 gigs. It's also enjoyed an evolving line-up that's enabled musicianship and creativity to rise with each new member. Join us for dancing in the aisles, huge energy, along with legitimate traditions and history!
$15 in advance; $20 at the door.

www.tempestmusic.com/

Saturday,
April 19
8:00 PM

Songbird Cafe!

Songbird presents Singer/Songwriters In The Round ( surrounded by audience) Performing this month are:

Marshall Chapman and Tommy Womack

You will enjoy a listening experience without the barroom noise!! Doors open at 6:45PM Show starts at 7:30 PM
Makes for a great date night experience!!!
Tickets $25, in advance and at the door.

Advance tickets available a www.songbird-stl.com

Many stories will be told, Many songs will be sung!!!

Wednesday,
April 23
7:30 PM
Root Diggers

The Root Diggers!

Way back in January of 2011 An Ozark and Appalachian old-time all-star string band played their very first show ever at a sleepy little folk music hall over in Maplewood Missouri. At the time, They weren't entirly sure what to call themselves and were batting around several titles. But for the sake of advertising, they settled on the tentive name The Root Diggers and then totally and hilariously sold out  The Focal Point and From that day to this the core members Colin Blair, Alen Spencer, Jeremiah Evans & Steve Pupillo have carved a name for themselves in these parts as one of the best bands that ever was. Joining them for this show will be new band member Mark Lang on stand up bass.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.

www.reverbnation.com/therootdiggers

Friday,
April 25
8:00 PM
Curtis and Loretta

Curtis and Loretta!

Curtis & Loretta's music comes straight from the heart. The husband and wife duo's extraordinary harmonies and proficiency on a parade of stringed instruments create an alluring frame for their poignant original songs, and carefully chosen traditional pieces from the British Isles, America, and beyond. The current menagerie includes Celtic harp, mandocello, mandolin, guitars, clawhammer banjo, and National steel ukulele, plus a bit of kazoo, harmonica, and shakers.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.

www.curtisandloretta.com/

Saturday,
April 26
8:00 PM

Open Mic at Focal Point!

Sunday,
April 27
7:30 - 10:00 PM
 
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Coming in May-June:
Sparky and Rhonda Rucker
Lyal Strickland
Banjo Billy
Brewer and Shipley (2 nights!)
Ray Bonneville
Paddy Keenan
Dugout Canoe
Colin Sphinctor Band
Tom Wood
Jimmy Robins
Richard Smith
Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers
Eric Brace and Peter Cooper
And... the Orbits!

 
     
   
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Advance tickets are now available any time, day or night!

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