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The Focal Point

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

Concerts 2014

August      September

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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August 2014


The White Mules!

Genuine old-time sounds from a quartet of experts: Andy Gribble, one of the most sought-after stringband guitarists around today, is jopined by Genna Harrison on fiddle, Smith Koester, who delivers rhythm and melody with his oldtime fretless banjo, and Abby Ladin with top-notch bass playing, angelic singing
and occasional dance!
A Friends of Old-Time Music event!
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.


August 17
7:00 PM
Bliss Hippy

Bliss Hippy!

This fine group, based in the Missouri Ozarks in Rolla, MO, consists of Rich and Maureen Hall, with various other musicians serving as enablers over the years. Their repertoire consists of
original songs ranging from lovely and inspiring, such as "Anyone who Hears"; to irreverent and silly, such as "SPAM","Road Kill Blues", and "Life's Just Something to Do (while you're drinking beer.)" Come out nd welcome them to their debut at Focal Point!
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.



August 22
8:00 PM

Songbird Cafe!

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

Jack Grelle, Jenny Roques, Ryne Watts and Suzie Glib

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!!!

August 27
7:30 PM

Sadie Hawkins Day!

The Williamson sisters, Dave Black and Dan Higgins deliver a fine mix of folk ballads, banjo songs, & old country standards of love & heartbreak, moonshine & madness, murder& suicide, trucks & trains, & random oddments. Old-school for sure, but don't be surprised to hear them do something from Neil Young or The Band once in a while. Influences: Lovers, laughers, gamblers, fighters, drinkers,
dancers, hobos, jokers, tricksters, organizers, agitators, and ... oh wait, did you mean musical influences? All of 'em. Or none of 'em. All or none.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.


August 30
8:00 PM
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September 2014

Foggy Memory Boys

Foggy Memory Boys!

The Foggy Memory Boys are a group of musicians from the St. Louis area. Jason Scroggins and Dustin Greer bring together a group of good ole boys that love bluegrass in its truest form. The lineup changes from time to time and is always a treat. Recent additions include Mark Raborn on banjo and Cecil Tinnon on mandolin, guitar and vocals.
$10 in advance; $10 at the door.

September 5
8:00 PM
Dutch Schultz

Dutch Schultz and friends!

Jeff Schulte, also known as Dutch Schultz, is a St. Louis native who has been playing and singing the blues for four decades. He recently released his first CD “A Block Away” which includes 10 original songs written and sung by Dutch himself. Dutch is accompanied by a full band including guest artists from Kingdom Brothers and other St. Louis musicians. He says, “I've been singing Blues in St. Louis for 40 years. This is my first CD and a life- long dream.” This one should be fun!
$10 in advance; $15 at the door


September 6
8:00 PM
Dave Gans

Dave Gans!

Dave Gans is an American musician, songwriter, and music journalist. He's also an amazing guitarist, and is known for incisive, literate songwriting. Additionally, he's noted for his music loop work, often creating spontaneous compositions in performance. Dave is co-author of the book Playing in the Band: An Oral and Visual Portrait of the Grateful Dead, as well as the host of the weekly nationally syndicated radio show “The Grateful Dead Hour." Dave will be spending the 7th at FP, and then performing on the 9th at the Shanti in Soulard!
$15 in advance; $20 at the door.


September 7
7:00 PM


Led by sister duo, Hannah and Caroline Melby, HanaLena is currently based in Nashville, TN, with roots reaching all the way back to the state of Mississippi where the two grew up playing old- time, folk and bluegrass music together. Since 1996, Hannah and Caroline have been traveling across the country performing and developing their unique blend of bluegrass, country, pop- acoustic, and blues. Join us for the girls' return visit to St Louis and the Focal Point!
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.


September 12
8:00 PM

The Skirtlifters!

In the early 19th century, a unique blend of African and Anglo-Celtic musical cultures developed on the riverboats, on minstrel stages and under the big tops of America. Clarke Buehling & The Skirtlifters present the music and humor of those times. Their listeners enjoy rags, marches, galops, jigs, reels and old-time songs. The entertaining program traces the origins of American popular music.A Friends of Old-Time Music event!
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.


September 13
8:00 PM
Michael Jonathan

Michael Jonathan!

Michael Jonathon is the folksinger, song- writer, concert performer, and author who created the worldwide broadcast of the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour, found on 500 public radio stations, coast-to- coast PBS-TV, and in 173 nations. He's equally talented on old time banjo as he is on traditional guitar styles. This is sure to be a heck of a show!
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.

September 19
8:00 PM
Jake's Leg

Jake's Leg, with
Auset Music Project!

Spanning the generations, Jakes Leg has been performing the music of The Grateful Dead for 38 years. (That’s only 9ish years less than the Dead played Dead themselves!) This will be an acoustic performance and seating will be limited as some of our seats will be removed for dance space. Also, the show will likely not be the perfectly silent listening experience we are known for. However, we promise that it will sound great! AMP are no strangers to Focalpoint and have consistently sold our room out over the years with their beautiful music. Singer/ songwriter, /multi-instrumentalist, Auset Sarno, with Brad Sarno on pedal steel guitar, 6 string guitar ,Stephen Nowels on bass, and Dennis Stringfield on drums.
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.

September 26
8:00 PM
Leroy Pierson

Leroy Pierson!

St. Louis is fortunate to have in its home base an artist with as many talents as Leroy Pierson. Not only is he a gifted performer with special talents on guitar and vocals, but is also a noted scholar of early black music history, both blues and Caribbean-based reggae music. If that wasn't enough, Leroy's skills as a record producer and radio announcer clearly point to a musical Renaissance man. Focal Point is proud to call Leroy one of our oldest and truest
$10 in advance; $15 at the door.

September 27
8:00 PM
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Coming in October 2014:

Sarah McQuaid — October 3
Eric Lambert — October 4
Finnegan's Wake — October 10
Brian McNeill —October 11
Red-Headed Strangers —October 17
Amy Lord —October 18
Sins of the Pioneers — October 25
David Davis&the Warrior River Boys — October 31

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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