May 20, 2014


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Friday, January 11th, 8pm, $12/$15: Second Annual Evening of Songs with Jack Grelle

Jack Grelle is a strong, idealistic songwriter from St. Louis, Missouri. Combining the styles of folk, traditional country, honky tonk, and rock and roll, Jack is able to capture the themes and tones of our country’s past and present struggles and triumphs. 

These qualities recently led him to step outside of his normal role, touring and recording in Lavender Country with the music of Patrick Haggerty, a lifelong gay-rights activist who made the world’s first gay country album. 

Jack’s willingness to travel around genre lines is a testament to the urgency and restlessness of his artistry. This rambling spirit has brought him to over fifteen countries and three continents. In fact, this second annual “An Evening of Songs” at the Focal Point will once again be a send-off show as Jack departs for a Spanish tour. The night will be filled with a variety of acoustic and electric music. Special guests and some familiar faces. Be sure to buy your tickets ahead of time — this was a sell-out last year!

Due to winter weather this show has been postponed to February 28th, 7:30 pm. Tonight’s tickets will be good for that date. If you would prefer a refund brown paper tickets will offer full refunds; please see email from BPT for details.

Saturday, January 12th, 8pm, $25 ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE FOCAL POINT DURING SHOWS: Focal Point Semi-Annual Benefit Show: The Missouri Rounders/The Dust Covers

All proceeds from this event will go towards upgrading the sound equipment at the Focal Point.

The Missouri Rounders:

The Missouri Rounders are John Higgins, Thayne Bradford, Charlie Pfeffer, Vince Corkery, and Bob Breidenbach. You’ve seen them all before, but in this configuration they are going to make you smile!  The Rounders are probably more bluegrass than anything, but these people can play absolutely anything they want.  They sing, write songs, and find the best of old treasures from the country and bluegrass worlds. Their arrangements have been pared down to let the abundant three-part singing, and the beauty of the songs in general, take center stage, but there are always a few instrumentals thrown in for good measure!

The Dust Covers:

The Dust Covers, made up of four like-minded musicians, bring a ragged but sharp edge to the blade that is American music. Before the recording industry in the 1920s, genres were not used to differentiate styles in the same way they are today. The Dust Covers are a testament to this fact and exemplify the old approach, playing rags, old-time fiddle tunes, and some of the most lonesome blues being played today. Brian Curran, Adam Andrews, Colin Blair, and Nick Pence make up this powerhouse string band. You are in for a special night of songs you don’t know by dead guys you ain’t never heard of.

Tickets are also available at:

The Maya Cafe

2726 Sutton Blvd, Maplewood, M) 63143

The Elements of Design Studio

2718 Sutton Blvd, Maplewood, MO 63143

Music Folk

8015 Big Bend Blvd, Webster Groves, MO 63119

Friday, January 18th, 8pm, $12/$15: Stephanie Stewart -EP Release w/ Gary Hunt & Don Stewart

Stephanie Stewart, a St. Louis native, will be joined by Gary Hunt and Don Stewart for an evening of original music to celebrate the release of her first EP. The evening will feature music rooted in folk and Americana style with touches of old country and will include special guests throughout the show.

Saturday, January 19th, 8pm, $12/$15: The 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 Coriell, and Brian Wiegert. Then you have a true, down-home, honkytonk family band!

Wednesday, January 23rd, 7:30, $20/$25: Songbird Cafe

My One And Only ( Nashville Duo)

Greg Silsby

Heather Styka

Doors 6:45PM Show 7:30PM

Friday, January 25th, 8pm, $15/$20: Focal Point Friends of Old-time Music Presents: Willi Carlisle

Willi Carlisle is, according to The Washington Post, powerful: both down-home and brainy. With years of collecting folklore, playing or calling square dances, and working in the avant-garde, Willi Carlisle is a multi-faceted songwriter, performer, and instrumentalist on the banjo, guitar, fiddle, and accordion. With a style forged in the fire of Ozark old-time music and his ever-growing collection of antique music, Carlisle’s musical stories hoot, stomp, and saunter through joys and troubles uniquely southern and timelessly true.

Saturday, January 26th, 8pm, $12/$15: Auset Music Project / BAJA

Auset Music Project:

Auset Sarno and her Music Project have been celebrating her birthday with The Focal Point for quite a few years now. It is always phenomenal and we’re sure that 2019 will be no exception. Great songwriting, a few choice covers, superb musicianship on pedal steel guitar, bass, drums, six-string guitar and perfect vocals, a wide variety of special guests, and birthday cake for all.


Brad Sarno and Auset Sarno are the driving force behind Auset Music Project. John Wendland and Andy Ploof are the principal songwriters for The Wilhelms and Rough Shop. Last year the four of them combined forces to present a memorable blend of acoustic and electric instruments (guitar, bass, dobro, mandolin, pedal steel, harmonica) coupled with wonderful vocal harmonies, with emphasis on well-written originals but with a few choice covers thrown in.  We are happy to present the return of this collaboration.

Friday, February 1st, 8pm, $15/$20: Beppe Gambetta

Beppe was first known in this country as a monster flatpicker, on a par with the likes of Dan Crary and others. He has since broadened his approach, and is increasingly proving himself to be one of the true innovators of the acoustic guitar. Beppe still lives in his native Genoa, Italy, but travels to North America at least three times each year. We are lucky to catch him on one of these tours!

Saturday, February 2nd, 8pm, $15/$20: WirePilots

The WirePilots are Dan Rubright, composer and guitarist; Ted Rubright, electro/acoustic percussion; and Ric Vice, upright bass. The St. Louis-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.

Friday, February 8th, 8pm, $12/$15: Focal Point Friends of Old-time Music Presents: New Missouri Fox Hunters

The New Missouri Fox Hunters came together as an unintentional part of Ryan Koenig’s healing from an accident in December of 2017.  The trio is made up of Alena Wheeler, Nick Pence, and Ryan Koenig.  Focusing on originals and obscure old-time songs, this group of songwriters and multi-instrumentalists has come into their sound rather quickly.  While attracted to each other through their calm demeanor this combination of folks is full of passion and energy.  One can see the memories playing back in their mind when they listen to Alena fiddling behind Nick and Ryan’s vocals and complementary banjo and guitar playing.

Friday, February 15th, 8pm, $12/$15: The Chimps — Valentine’s Day Show

Looking for a romantic night out near Valentine’s Day? The Chimps can provide the next best thing. The St. Louis-based vocal group will present a night of love songs, with string arrangements courtesy of members of the Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra.  Singers John Krane, Dave Werner, Jesse Irwin, and Katie Jones will showcase original compositions and time-tested favorites. It’s shaping up to be an unforgettable night of love, humor, and music. Oh, and there will be chocolate-covered bananas.

Saturday, February 16th, 8pm, $/$: TBA

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Sunday, February 17th, TBA, $15/$20: Focal Point Friends of Old-time Music Presents: The Baker Family

The Baker Family is a high energy family bluegrass band located in south central Missouri. Their repertoire includes high energy bluegrass, gospel, and classic country music. They have performed at numerous bluegrass events in Missouri and throughout the United States from Maine to California. This will be their first appearance in the St. Louis area. The band members are: Trustin Baker on fiddle and vocals; Carina Baker on mandolin and vocals, Elijah Baker on upright bass and vocals; Carrie Baker on guitar.

Thursday, February 21st, 7:30pm, $12/$15: Pat Reedy & The Longtime Goners with opening set by Ryan Koenig (special Guest Jack Grelle)

Pat Reedy & The Longtime Goners will be playing Focal Point on Thursday February 21st.  Nominated for Ameripolitan Awards Honkytonk Male Of The Year, Pat has toured the country extensively for the past 8 years, as well as several tours of Norway, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, UK and Ireland, bringing his own distinct style of stripped down raw country songs and storytelling to bars, festivals, venues and listening room audiences.

Opening the evening will be St. Louis’s own beloved Ryan Koenig and a special appearance by Jack Grelle.

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Friday, February 22nd, 8pm, $15/$20: Focal Point Friends of Old-time Music Presents: Bob Bovee

Bob Bovee is a kindred soul: No one handles old-time cowboy and humorous songs better than him. His vocals are hauntingly rough. His guitar and harmonica are as good as you will ever hear. Whether on a recording, performing in concert, or playing for a barn dance,  Bob leaves you wanting more.

Satuday, February 23rd, 8pm, $12/15$: The Brianna Brown Band

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Sunday, February 24th, 2pm MATINEE, $12/$15: Will Soll & Friends: “Bob Dylan and the Yiddish Poets”

Will Soll loves Yiddish poetry and song, and he loves Bob Dylan, and he discovered that playing them side by side was mutually energizing and illuminating.  If you love one, this might be a way to get a new appreciation for the other.   And if you love both, this concert is tailor-made for you.  With Alyssa Avery (violin) and Mark Wallace (bass).

Wednesday, February 27th, 7:30, $15/$20: Songbird Cafe

Joe Bizelli

Miro Goto

Chris Nathan

Shaughn Uebinger

Doors 6:45PM Show 7:30PM

March 2019 & Beyond:

March 1st: Greg Klyma

March 2nd: Switchback

March 8th: St. Louis Piano Summit: Ethan Leinwand / Christopher Parrish / Chase Garrett

March 9th: Andrew Calhoun

March 12th/13th: Dervish

March 14th: Gangspil

March 16th/17th St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Eileen Gannon/Eimear Arkins

March 15th: The Vogts Sisters

March 22nd: Mound City Slickers*

March 28th: Tempest

March 29th: Frank Lee & Allie Burbrink*

April 5th: Boney Goat Band*

April 6th: Buddy Mondlock

April 11th: John McCutcheon

April 12th-14th: St. Louis Tionól

April 19th: Muriel Anderson

April 27th: Young Fiddlers Four

April 29th: Christopher Parrish — 2nd Annual Duke Ellington Birthday Show

May 10th: Spencer Bohren

May 11th: Dennis Stroughmatt Band: Tribute to Ray Price and His Cherokee Cowboys

May 18th: Missouri Rounders

June 1st: Anne Hills

June 14th: River Bend*

June 15th:  Dick Hensold and Patsy Byrne

June 22nd: Jake’s Leg

July 20th: Ricky Nye

July 27th Annual Guitar Showcase: Dave Black / The Tom Hall / Brian Curran

September 6th: Pappy with a Hatchet

October 5th: HigLeeWils (Emily Higgins, Larry Lee, and David Wilson)

October 11th: John Batdorf

October 26th: Dennis Stroughmatt et l’Esprit Creole

November 23: The Road Apples Ride Again

November 24: The Road Apples Ride Again (2pm matinee)

December 28th: An Evening with Ryan Koenig

*Presented by Focal Point Friends of Old-time Music

**Presented by Focal Point Friends of Traditional Jazz, Blues & Ragtime

… and many more!

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