May 20, 2014



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Friday, June 23rd, 8pm, $10/$15: Masillajta

“Masillajta” translates as “Band of the People” from the Quechuan language of the Andes Mountains.  The band has been playing St. Louis area festivals, educational, art, and dance events since 2005.  Masillajta is composed of musicians from many countries, cultural backgrounds, and music styles of the Americas.  The common thread is their love of Andean music and their passion for rekindling and preserving their ancestral fires.  Andean music has been played since times of old and continues to be heard wherever common people gather, from the mountain peaks of South America to the streets and parks of cities across the world.  Masillajta remains true to its Andean music genre, but with multiple musical infusions, the group has incorporated a nice mix of rhythms to its catalogue.


Saturday, June 24th, 8pm, $10/$15: Jake’s Leg Acoustic Summer Party

Spanning the generations, Jake’s Leg has been performing the music of The Grateful Dead for 40 years — that’ s only 11-ish years less than the Dead played Dead themselves!  This will be an acoustic performance. ALSO, the show will likely not be the perfectly silent listening experience the Focal Point is known for. However, we promise that it will be great fun for all!  Dancing recommended but not required.

Saturday, June 30th, 8pm, $10/$15: An Evening with Grace Basement

In anticipation of their upcoming album release, Kevin Buckley and crew are bringing the songs of Grace Basement to the Focal Point. The June 30th event will feature uncharacteristically appropriate volume settings and an early 8pm show time, nearly unheard of in the sordid world of rock and roll. “I’ll be performing some solo material from a variety of projects before being joined by the band for a semi-acoustic performance. We have a toned down rehearsal setup when we are working on new songs or ironing out arrangements. It’s best not to go full bore when you’re working on details…and honestly a lot of those nuances can get lost in a big loud late night rock show. We’re aiming for a more intimate experience…like you’re sitting around the basement with us.” Grace Basement’s fourth album, Mississippi Nights, will be released early fall.

Saturday, July 1st, 8pm, $10/$15: Greg Silsby, Dustin Greer & Mike Zanger

Greg Silsby (formally front man for renowned Bluegrass band Cumberland Gap) is a long, tall drink of mountain water, with a tenor voice that cuts through the air like a sharpened wing. Hes not smooth, he doesnt croon or wail, but his pitch is precise and his feel for original and traditional American material is convincing. Dustin Greer (front man of Riverbend) is a multi-instrumentalist with emphasis on traditional bluegrass guitar and Monroe-style mandolin. In addition to playing with countless bands from West to Midwest, Dustin also teaches advanced classes at the KDHX Folk School. Mike Zanger, owner/operator of infamous Log House Concerts of Edwardsville IL, is also a fine guitarist and crafty songwriter. This one will be a funun !

Friday, July 7th, 8pm, $10/$15: The Brianna Brown Band

The Brianna Brown Band is a traditional Irish music project from St. Louis, featuring Brianna Brown (concertina, harp, whistle, and mouth organ), John Bolduan (tenor banjo, guitar, vocals), Timothy Yau (fiddle, guitar, mandolin), Lisa Gilbert (flute, whistle), and Matthew Brown (bodhran). This band takes the energetic dance music of Ireland and imbues it with a youthful vibrancy at the hands of a young master-in-the-making in Brianna Brown.

    Brianna is already an accomplished musician at age 13. She is the 2015 All-Ireland World Champion in the under 12 concertina, and the 2016 All-Ireland World Champion in the under 12 mouth organ. She is the youngest American to ever win a world title at the Fleadh Cheoil na h’Eireann, and the first to ever win in the concertina and mouth organ under 12 category. Brianna is a five-time Midwest Fleadh Champion on concertina, harp, harp slow airs, mouth organ, tin whistle, tin whistle slow airs, and much more. She has qualified to compete at the world championships a total of 50 times in the last five years on various instruments and in various categories. She has been a student at the Saint Louis Irish Arts since the age of 3.


Saturday, July 8th, 8pm, Price $10/$15: Augusta Bottoms Consort

Augusta Bottoms Consort is a versatile music ensemble which explores a variety of musical landscapes.    Band members, Gloria Attoun, Michael Bauermeister, Paul Ovaitt and Rebecca Mayer will perform mainly original songs on a variety of instruments with rich, vocal harmonies.
Members of the four-piece group live near the fertile bottomland fields of the Missouri River in Augusta, Missouri. The sounds of Augusta Bottoms Consort are earthy, thought-provoking, energizing and unique.  Lyrics and the band’s rich melodic blend reflect their long relationships as friends who have relished the fun of playing together for over 25 years.  Augusta Bottoms Consort brings to the stage guitars, mandolins, dobro, accordion, banjo, acoustic bass, recorder, panpipes, harmonica, percussion and lots of other gadgets.  Their songs conjure up musical landscapes that defy boundaries.
Augusta Bottoms Consort has performed at The Focal Point several times and has also performed at The Missouri Botanical Garden’s Whitaker Festival, Sheldon Concert Hall, and many other venues in Augusta and small communities around Missouri.  See them in the Grolier’s Book of Knowledge under Folk Music.  For more information on the band and their five CDs, go to  We are happy to have them back on our stage.

Sunday, July 16th, 7pm, $15/$20: Eric Taylor

Eric Taylor is a master storyteller and has been one of the finest southern songwriters for the last four decades. Influencing such well-known artists as Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett (both of whom have covered several of his songs) and Steve Earle, Taylor tours extensively throughout North America and Europe. He has appeared on Austin City Limits, Late Night With David Letterman, NPRs Morning Edition and Mountain Stage and BBC Radio. A mesmerizing performer whose shows will leave you wanting more

*****Note This Show Begins At 7PM*****

Saturday, July 22nd, 8pm, Price $10/$15: Ivas John and Gary Gordon

Coming together over of a shared vision of what pure folk and country blues music should sound like, Ivas John and Gary Gordon have made it their business to share with audiences timeless original songs which echo of a beautiful Americana purity. The relaxed, warm feeling that fills the room wherever they play is a testament to their charming love of this music as well as Ivas’ old soul and the decades of experience that Gordon brings to the stage.  Their pickin’ is good clean country fun in the style of Doc & Merle or Mississippi John Hurt, and they can dial it down appropriately low when confronting a broken soul.  Ivas plays finger style and flat-picks his guitar with impressive dexterity and impeccable taste, and sings with soulful, earthy, polished grit while the simple guitar and weeping dobro instrumentation provides the perfect dusty, blues-imbued landscape.  Since the release of Ivas’ latest album “Good Days a Comin”, which Billboard magazine called a “Slam Dunk!”, the two have performed extensively, winning over critics and picking up new fans with ease in the pure acoustic circles. The heart of historic American music pumps with renewed vigor inside these fellas. Do not miss this show!

Saturday, July 29th, 8pm, $35/$40: Chris Smither in Concert

A profound songwriter, Chris Smither draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets, and philosophers. Reviewers continue to praise his dazzling guitar work, gravelly voice and songwriting. Chris Smither grew up in New Orleans where he first started playing music as a child. Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for 50 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original. As Acoustic Guitar magazine wrote, Smither sings about “the big things  life, love, loss  in a penetrating and poetic yet unpretentious way.”

Advance tickets have sold out for this event.  There will be a small block of tickets that will be sold on a first-come first-served basis when the doors open at 7:30 on the day of the event.


July & Beyond:

July 1st: Greg Silsby, Dustin Greer & Mike Zanger

July 7th: Brianna Brown Band

July 8th: Augusta Bottoms Consort

July 15th: Root Diggers

July 16th: Eric Taylor

July 21st: Clarke Buehling

July 22nd: Ivas John & Gary Gordon

July 28th: 5th Annual Guitar Heroes Showcase (Tom Hall, Dave Black, Brian Curran)

July 29th: Chris Smither


August 4th: Finnegans Wake

August 12th: Randle Chowning

August 19th: Spencer Bohren

August 25th: Kevin Bilcheck Band

August 26th: Gaslight Squares


September 2nd: Shotgun featuring Charlie Halloran

September 8th: Tommy Halloran’s Guerrilla Swing

September 16th: Andy Cohen

September 22nd: Ben Bedford

September 23rd: Gloria Attoun (CD Release)

September 30th: Amanda Raye


October 6th: Seán Tyrrell

October 7th: Brian McNeill

October 14th: Fiddlers Four (Colin Blair, Thayne Bradford, Kevin Buckley & Geoff Seitz)

October 20th: Ameranouche

October 27th: Greg Klyma & Bill Poss

October 28th: Dennis Stroughmatt et l’Esprit Creole


November 10th: Open the Door for Three

November 11th: Auntie Em and the Tornadoes

November 17th: The Dust Covers

November 18th: Tricia Spencer & Howard Rains


December 2nd: Leroy Pierson

December 8th/9th: Rough Shop Holiday Party

December 15th: Dave Black, Sandy Weltman & Farshid Soltanshahi

December 16th: Jake’s Leg Annual Acoustic Holiday Show

December 22nd: Diesel Island Christmas(ish) Show


… and many more!

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