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The Focal Point

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

Concerts 2014

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October 2014

Red Headed Strangers

Red-Headed Strangers!

The RHS (named, of course, after the legendary Willie Nelson album) bring a staggering knowledge of classic country, traditional American,old Irish and progressive songwriting to the table. Maureen Sullivan takes the lead with their amazing vocal harmonies. Add in piano, drums, and tons of strings from Brian Sullivan, Dan Sullivan, Tim Sullivan (yes, that's four Sullivan siblings), Mark Mason, Tom Coryell, and Brian Wiegert. Then you have a true, down-home, honkytonk family band!
$10 in advance; $10 at the door.

They're on Facebook and MySpace!


October 17
8:00 PM
Amy Lord

Amy Lord!

Amy is a vibrant, delightful singer whose cheery, sassy presence belies her impressive voice and credentials! In 2007 she graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with an Honors Degree in Scottish Music. Whilst there, she studied under some of Scotland's finest Scots singers and traditional musicians. Shortly after graduating, she was a finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Competition in 2008. We're happy to welcome her back to St Louis!
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.



October 18
8:00 PM

Songbird Cafe!

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

  • Dade Farrar,
  • Gary Hunt,
  • Chris Grabau and
  • Justin Johnson. 

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; $15 at the door.

Advance tickets available a www.songbird-stl.com

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

October 23
7:30 PM
Johnny Fox

Johnny Fox!

Johnny has been playing professionally since the age of 13. Originally rock-oriented, he made the switch to blues and hasn't looked back. His guitar work is impressive; his lyrics soulful, his timing impeccable. For this performancehe will be joined by his brother Jim Fox and Peewee Rootman. The new CD, “Room to Move and Time to Think” will be available for sale; be there!
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.



October 24
8:00 PM
John Bolduan

John Bolduan!

John is a phenomenal guitarist/singer who hails from St. Louis, Missouri, USA, though most of his musical career has taken place in and around Bilbao, Spain. His music is quirky, cosmopolitan, heartfelt and polished with use in many venues and situations all over the world. Nice to see him back in town!
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.



October 25
8:00 PM
Dave Davis

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!
$15 n advance; $20 at the door.



October 31
8:00 PM
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November 2014

Diesel Island

Diesel Island!

Diesel Island is St Louis' best Outlaw country cover band, featuring Brian Henneman, Kip Loui, Richard Tralles, Carl Pandolfi and Spencer Marquart. The band formed in 2004 as a just-forfun side project where key members of the Bottle Rockets could relax and play some classic country faves on their own terms. Since then, the band has performed countless gigs in various clubs, bars, wedding halls, funeral parlors and divorce courts across the St Louis region.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.

They're on Facebook!

November 1
8:00 PM
Colin Sphinctor

The Colin Sphinctor Band!

A St 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; can't lose!
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.


November 7
8:00 PM

Richard Gilewitz!

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


November 8
8:00 PM
Sins of the Pioneers

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 Jordan, ("LouieLouieLOUIE?") Dewey Balfa, Roy Acuff, Bob Wills, Chuck Berry, or anything else that suits their fancy-- it goes on.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.

They're on Facebook!

November 14
8:00 PM
Ben Bedford

Ben Bedford!

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


November 15
8:00 PM
Muriel Anderson

Muriel Anderson!

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


November 21
8:00 PM
Dan Gellert

Dan Gellert!

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


November 22
8:00 PM
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Coming in December:

Switchback 12-5
Bruce Molsky 12-6
Brooks Williams 12-12
Pop Wagner and Bob Bovee 12-13
Blue Fusion 12-27
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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