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The Focal Point

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

Concerts 2015
May      June

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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.....


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May 2015

Dennis Stroughmatt

Dennis Stroughmatt et L'Esprit Creole!

In the Heart of North America is a story that remains to be told, the story of the French creoles who
founded the illinois country over three hundred years ago along the Wabash and Mississippi River corridors, Today they remain with their songs, stories and language, and one music group continues to carry the torch of This enduring culture...Dennis Stroughmatt et L’esprit Creole. Old-time country stringband with an exotic twist: fiddle-driven songs and tunes you ALMOST know... a great night with brilliant music!
$15 in advance; $20 at the door.



May 1
8:00 PM


Our old friends, multinational (Norway/ Cuba/ California/ Missouri!) Celtic rockers, this year celebrating 26 years on the road! They dazzle crowds with a blend of Scottish, Irish, Norwegian and original songs and tunes on fiddle, double-necked electric mandolin, drums, guitar and bass. Their energy is infectious, their musicianship is impeccable, their knowledge of their sources is extensive, and their sound is indescribable! You will most likely get up and dance.
$20 in advance; $25 at the door.



May 2
8:00 PM
Three Crooked Men

Three Crooked Men!

Three Crooked Men is an old-time string band based in St. Louis MO: Michael Banvard, fiddle; Sean Barth, banjo; Keith Dudding, guitar and mandolin. In typical St Louis understatement, their website merely lists these instruments, and adds that they sing 'old country songs.' I feel it necessary to add that these guys are QUITE GOOD and that they do in fact know quite a bit about old-time stringband sounds! You can get a sample of their knowledge and love for the music by tuning in to Keith's weekly radio show, "Down Yonder" where he has been educating and delighting local listeners for a long time.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.



May 8
8:00 PM


White Mule!

Genevieve Koester learned to play the fiddle from her late father Garry Harrison who was an influence in the world of old-time fiddling for over 30 years. All of the band members are equally wellestablished in world of old-time music:Abby Ladin is well-known to old-time music enthusiasts, and not only for her rock-solid bass playing and angelic singing. Smith Koester gives new life to the sounds of the past with his old-time fretless banjo. A player of superlative ability, his driving syncopation delivers both rhythm and melody hand-in-glove with the fiddle. Also acclaimed for his skills as an instrument builder, Andy Gribble and his guitar have a sound all their own.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.


May 9
8:00 PM

Rocky and the Wranglers!

Rocky & the Wranglers include Roy St. John, John Webb, Toren Jones, Ed Synan, and Michael Liss - five seasoned musicians who have spent their lives loving, living, and playing popular music. Rocky and the Wranglers have an exciting and inspired set list of the Blues and its Rock n Roll relatives, drawing on perennial favorites and lesser-known Blues Masters, as well as Roy's original songs. NOTE: This one will be a special show in memory of our old buddy, Otis Woodard! Please remember to bring non-perishable food items and/or clean, used clothing to donate to Otis's beloved charity ministry and
Peace Park.
$6 in advance; $10 at the door.



May 15
8:00 PM

Missouri River Irish Fest,
at St Charles's scenic Frontier Park!

Focal Point personnel will be there, stage managing and providing sound for the amazing lineup of entertainers at this year's Fest: Switchback, Paddy Keenan, Clabber Alley, The Wee Heavies, Lisa Gilbert and Bran Vihan, Mitzi McDonald and Keltic Reign, Duddy Breeks, and the Clarkson School of Irish Dance! Check out the website for times and activities:

Friday - Sunday,
May 22 - 24
Paddy Keenan

Paddy Keenan!

Born in Trim, Co. Meath, to a Travelling family steeped in traditional music; both Paddy's father and grandfather were uilleann pipers. Paddy himself took up the pipes at the age of ten, playing his first major concert at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, when he was 14. Paddy's flowing, open-fingered style of playing can be traced directly from the style of such great Travelling pipers as Johnny Doran. Although often compared to Doran, his own style is a direct result of his father's tutelage and influence. NOTE: in this visit to Focal Point, Paddy will be accompanied by St Louis heroes Eileen Gannon on harp, and
Andrew O'Brien on fiddle!
$20 in advance; $25 at the door.


May 24
7:00 PM

Ozark Highballers

The Ozark Highballers!

The Ozark Highballers are a four piece string band from Fayetteville, Arkansas. This oldfashioned ensemble features the rolling chords and bass runs of Aviva Steigmeyer on guitar, the rhythmically intricate string tickling of Clarke Buehling on finger-style banjo, and the dynamic melody duo of Seth Shumate on harmonica and Roy Pilgrim on the fiddle. Their music reflects the spirit and drive of the rural string bands of the 1920s and ’30s, particularly those of the Arkansas Ozarks.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.



May 29
8:00 PM
Al and Emily Cantrell

Al and Emily Cantrell!

A Nashville based acoustic duo featuring Al & Emily Cantrell on vocals, Al on fiddle & mandolin, Emily on guitar, piano, ukulele and "fiddlesticks" (playing the straws). The songs are largely Emily's with some great songs by friends Jim Schulz and Kostas. Then some fun stuff including western, western swing, "radio days", traditional fiddle, classic bluegrass and country, Emily is a Tennessee native, Al an Oregonian. They met in Colorado in the '80s and began playing bluegrass together. The musicianship is delightful, Emily's voice is a soaring, flexible instrument, and their songs are well-chosen. $10 in advance; $15 at the door.


May 30
8:00 Pm
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June 2015

The Root Diggers

The Root Diggers!

St Louis's own Appalachian and Ozark string band consisting of Allen Spencer - Mandolin; Colin Blair - Fiddle; Steve Pupillo - Guitar; Jeremiah Evans - Banjo; Alena Wheeler - Fiddle, and Mark Lang-Bass Fiddle. These guys know their stuff; they love what they do and so do we. Focal Point is proud to have been one of their first public performance venues; they have gone on to make quite a name for themselves, and we are thrilled to have them back!
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.


June 6
8:00 PM
George Worthmore

George Worthmore!

For over twenty years guitarist extraordinaire George Worthmore was a star in the New York City music scene. Known for his quick wit and musical dexterity, George has shared the stage with many elite blues, folk and rock artists such as; Kinky Friedman, Bo Diddley, Ben E. King, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Lou Christy, and The Platters. George has also been “the other guy” with Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Cassidy in Hot Tuna.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.


June 12
8:00 PM
Colin Sphinctor Band

The Colin Sphinctor Band!

In the summer of 1973, Jay Schober generated the idea for this group while driving a VW Microbus under a full moon across the state of Wyoming. Jay wrote a ridiculous song and talked a bunch of his friends into coming over and recording it at his house in St. Charles. The only problem was that not one of them, Jay included, could play a note of music. They have since remedied this by inviting some of the finest rock/folk musicians in St Louis (Serapis!) to accompany them. Enjoy this evening of outrageous parodies, silly songs, and great sounds!
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.


June 13
8:00 PM
Blue-eyed Bettys

The Blue-Eyed Bettys!

A harmony driven string band. Based out of NYC, The Blue Eyed Bettys met in Sarasota in 2014. Daniel Emond on banjo, Sarah Hund on fiddle, and Ben Mackel on guitar. The main thing, though, is the singing! These three sound as if they were born harmonizing. Their material ranges from old-time country to closeharmony Americana, swingy, almost barbershoppy. This one will be a treat for all singers!
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.


June 19
8:00 PM
Richard Smith

Richard Smith!

When Richard Smith picks up a guitar, it's a treat for the ears and the eyes. He started playing on a six-string at the age of 5 after hearing his father picking “Down South Blues” by Chet Atkins and Merle Travis. When Richard asked “Dad, how do you do that?” his father obliged, and Richard never looked back. After studying the music of Atkins, Travis, and Jerry Reed, Richard soon graduated to classical guitar pieces, Gypsy jazz, bluegrass and bebop licks.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.

June 28
7:00 PM
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Coming in July-August:
Muriel Anderson
American Dollar
Shari Kane and Dave Steele
Ronstadt Generations
The Buckhannon Brothers
Tom Hall, Dave Black, and Brian
Cree Rider
Johnny Fox
Kim Lansford and Nathan McAlister
The Foggy Memory Boys
The Chimps
Tickets: At the door or in advance at:

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.
Dancing & Jamming


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