May 20, 2014

Concerts

DOORS OPEN 1/2 HOUR BEFORE SHOWTIME



The Root Diggers
Friday, January 28th
8:00pm
$10 Advance (+$1 service fee)
$15 Door

 
 
Way back in 2011 on an unseasonably warm January evening, an Ozark and Appalachian old-time all-star string band played their very first show ever at a sleepy little folk music hall over in Maplewood, Missouri. At the time they weren’t entirely sure what to call themselves and were batting around several titles. For the sake of advertising, they settled on the tentative name “The Root Diggers” and then totally and hilariously sold out the Focal Point (we had a line around the block then, people spilling out onto the street)! From that day to this the core members Colin Blair, Alen Spencer, Jeremiah Evans & Steve Pupillo have carved a name for themselves in these parts as one of the absolute best American trad revival bands that ever was (or likely will be).



THE RIVERBOAT SHUFFLE LIVE- Hosted by T.J. Muller
Saturday, January 29th
7:00pm
$15 Advance (+$1 service fee)
$20 Door

 
 
Join T.J. Muller for a live version of his KDHX show ‘The Riverboat Shuffle’. The evening will include performances and discussions with Roya Naldi (accompanied by Andy Schumm), The Rum Drum Ramblers, and The St. Louis Steady Grinders (Miss Jubilee and Ethan Leinwand). As well as music by The Riverboat Shuffle House Band (Marty Eggers, Joey Glynn & Del Robles).



Hiroya Tsukamoto
Saturday, February 5th
8:00pm
$15 Advance (+$1 service fee)
$20 Door

 
 

Hiroya Tsukamoto is an innovative guitarist and composer who fuses folk, jazz and world music. Born and raised in Japan, in 2000 he received a scholarship to Berklee College of music and came to the U.S.

Tsukamoto’s instrumental abilities are indeed breathtaking and astounding, but his performances are so much more than that. He has the unique capability of engaging an audience thru a personable and genuine approach that transfixes his audience and almost transcends his capabilities as a guitarist. Audience members will be mesmerized; Tsukamoto plays with an effortless skill on the guitar and a repertoire that will have you traveling the world, not to mention experiencing new sounds with his own compositions.

Tsukamoto headlines concerts throughout the U.S. as well as internationally including Blue Note in NYC, United Nations and Japanese National Television. Hiroya won 2nd place in the International Finger Style Guitar Championship in 2018.

“HiroyaTsukamoto takes us to an impressionistic journey ” -Boston Herald

“…chops, passion and warmth. Zealously recommended!” -Jazz Review.com

“Fingerpicking is delicate, fluid, and beautifully detailed” -Acoustic Guitar Magazine



Beth Bombara with Hillary Fitz
Friday, February 11th
8:00pm
$15 Advance (+$1 service fee)
$20 Door

 
 
Beth Bombara:
Although based in Missouri, Bombara has spent much of her adulthood on the road, carving out her own award-winning mix of contemporary folk and electric heartland-rock. She’s been a solo artist, a bandleader, and an occasional side musician for other artists. Her work has garnered high praise from L.A. Weekly, No Depression, BBC Radio and more.
“Part Shannon McNally, and part Chrissie Hynde, she digs into her songs with determination and bittersweet honesty.” -American Songwriter Magazine
Ultimately, her songs shine through whether presented in an intimate setting with an acoustic guitar, or on a bigger stage with her full backing band. Expect to hear brand new songs, as well as some old favorites.

Hillary Fitz:
Hillary Fitz is a St. Louis based singer-songwriter who puts her heart into what she does. Whether it is singing, writing, or performing – her dedication to her craft shines through in the sounds. Her passion for music is what drives her to do what she does. With a big voice and homegrown guitar and harmonica chops, her style combines a range of influences. From rock to folk to jazz, you never know what genre you’ll get out of her – but you can guarantee that it’ll be delivered with soul and authenticity.
With a background in biology, art, and yoga – she is fascinated by life and expression. This translates into her music as she uses it as a tool to express her experiences, memories, and stories. Her love for what she does can be felt in her music.



Beth Bombara with Samuel Gregg
Saturday, February 12th
8:00pm
$15 Advance (+$1 service fee)
$20 Door

 
 
Beth Bombara:
Although based in Missouri, Bombara has spent much of her adulthood on the road, carving out her own award-winning mix of contemporary folk and electric heartland-rock. She’s been a solo artist, a bandleader, and an occasional side musician for other artists. Her work has garnered high praise from L.A. Weekly, No Depression, BBC Radio and more.
“Part Shannon McNally, and part Chrissie Hynde, she digs into her songs with determination and bittersweet honesty.” -American Songwriter Magazine
Ultimately, her songs shine through whether presented in an intimate setting with an acoustic guitar, or on a bigger stage with her full backing band. Expect to hear brand new songs, as well as some old favorites.

Samuel Gregg:
While Samuel Gregg cuts an enviable figure as a sideman — serving as a gun-for-hire for well over a decade, he’s stepping further into center stage with the release of his second solo album.
Gregg’s experiences growing up in Cape Girardeau County— singing in high school choirs, singing religious hymns at home with his family — lay a firm foundation to build upon. Add to that a handful of years living in Nashville, and now, calling the low country of South Carolina home, he’s drawn upon a widening sonic palette.
“My early experiences with music fall under the old-timey music umbrella — playing guitar and harmonica with my dad and grandpa,” he says. “There were a lot of folkified hymns; it was not quite bluegrass and not quite folk. I think that’s stylistically where some of my songs come from. Growing up, music was a communal experience. All these years later, that hasn’t changed much.”



Buffalo Rose
Friday, February 18th
8:00pm
$15 Advance (+$1 service fee)
$20 Door

 
 
Buffalo Rose is a wildly charismatic six-piece modern folk/Americana band from Pittsburgh that will change your entire perspective on acoustic music. They take the singer-songwriter tradition to a new level by crafting original songs which are emotive, meticulously arranged, and inspired by a world of idiosyncratic influences that never let a dull or predictable moment creep in.

The band released their debut album, The Soil and the Seed, in 2018 and established themselves as a vocal, instrumental, and creative force. Since then, Buffalo Rose has dropped two EPs, 2019’s Big Stampede and 2020’s Borrowed and Blue, opened for the Wood Brothers, Mipso, Pokey LaFarge, Tyler Childers, Infamous Stringdusters, and shared a festival stage with the legendary Sam Bush. The band’s upward trajectory will continue into 2022 with an upcoming EP created in collaboration with Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Tom Paxton, scheduled for release on February 22nd, followed by a new full-length LP later in the year.

Buffalo Rose’s lineup of Lucy Clabby (vocals), Margot Jezerc (vocals), Bryce Rabideau (mandolin), Malcolm Inglis (dobro), Jason Rafalak (upright bass), and Shane McLaughlin (guitar, vocals) pushes itself and each other far beyond their perceived limits and blends their diverse and atypical approach to songwriting with the desire to see how unique a song can get and still feel like home. They use powerful vocal harmonies, strong playing, and an original vision to operate at every possible emotional level and put on dynamic live shows that are unforgettable experiences. They go from up and moving to sad and sweet and back again, bringing the entire audience along.

This combination of artistry and enthusiasm makes Buffalo Rose one of the most vital and important groups working today. Rather than play the folk music of the past, the band gleefully combines genres and ideas together to move acoustic music forward to a new, contemporary place without ever losing sight of its roots. Fans of Lake Street Dive, Nickel Creek, and Punch Brothers will find much to like in this crew. Anyone seeking compelling new acoustic music needs to join Buffalo Rose in the future right now.



Andrew Finn Magill
Saturday, February 19th
8:00pm
$15 Advance (+$1 service fee)
$18 Door

Andrew Finn Magill’s Website

North Carolina-native violinist/fiddler Andrew Finn Magill grew up studying traditional Irish music, oldtime, bluegrass and swing every summer with the best fiddlers in the world at the Swannanoa Gathering. He is a Fulbright Fellow, South Arts Emerging Traditional Artist, North Carolina Arts Council Fellow,, recipient of Patreon’s “What the Fund” award, All-Ireland fiddle finalist, and signed to Ropeadope records.

He has been featured on MTV-U, TEDx, and multiple times on NPR’s The Thistle & Shamrock. His 2016 recording, Roots (featuring Cillian Vallely of Lúnasa and John Doyle) debuted at number #46 on the folk DJ charts, and he has performed with artists including John Doyle, Flook, Rising Appalachia, Liz Carroll, Open the Door for Three, the Paul McKenna Band, Trio Brasileiro, and many others. He has several collaborations which he tours the country including a duo with Irish singer/multi-instrumentalist Dave Curley, a duo with Scottish guitarist/bouzouki-player Alan Murray, accompanying singer Merlefest songwriting-winner Anya Hinkle, and various other projects as a side-man and featured soloist. Finn also tours the country as a guest lecturer at universities presenting his interactive performance/lecture “The Evolution of Irish and Scottish fiddle traditions in the Appalachian Mountains.” Says legendary Americana artist & Grammy-winner Tim O’Brien: “”I’m gonna keep listening for Finn Magill.”

Press Quotes on Andrew Finn Magill:

“It’s nice to see fresh, young musicians carrying on the traditions of Brazilian music. Finn Magill displays a love and authenticity that can fool you into thinking he is from Brazil. His style is playful and light, yet soulful and passionate. Congratulations!” – Airto Moreira (Miles Davis, Weather Report, Chick Corea)

“Serene and incredibly soulful, North Carolina fiddler Andrew Finn Magill encounters the tradition in a manner reminiscent of Keith Jarrett on The Melody at Night With You.” – The Irish Times

“Andrew Finn Magill is a leading fiddler in a new generation of musicians.” – BBC Folk Musician of the year Martin Hayes

“Magill’s fresh, clear tones calls to mind Stéphane Grappelli…” – Songlines Magazine

Press Quotes on the Solo Show:

“The solo concert Finn gave at our Fellowship felt like traveling to other cultures and continents with an enthusiastic musical tour guide! From Ghana to Ireland to the Appalachian mountains, we got to experience an incredible variety of music exquisitely performed.” – Sara Davis, Music Director Miami Valley UU Church

“What sets him apart from other virtuoso violinists and fiddlers is his incredible range of musical interests”. – Willard Watson Program & Outreach Director, Blowing Rock Art & History Museum

“He interlaced musical pieces with information on the history of Celtic music in the south, his personal journey and connection to the music, and humor.”
– Stephenie Berggrun, CIT NC Certified Environmental Educator Schiele Museum of Natural History



David Davis & the Warrior River Boys
Saturday, February 26
8:00pm
$20 Advance (+$1 service fee)
$25 Door

Alabama native and member of The Alabama Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, David Davis has traveled and preformed as frontman for the bluegrass group, David Davis and the Warrior River Boys since 1984. He is recognized as one of the foremost practitioners of the Monroe mandolin technique. 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.

Robert Montgomery, banjo player, grew up in Moulton, Alabama. He began learning the guitar and banjo at the age of 12. He joined the Warrior River Boys in January 2008 and has appeared with them since that time.

Marty Hays from Salem Illinois has been on the road playing bass and singing with the band since 1995. Since a child he has been influenced by classic country music, and he is named after his mother’s favorite singer, Marty Robbins. Marty has made TV and radio appearances with David Davis, recorded alongside on three Rebel Records albums and been
a part of compilations on Wango Records and Time Life Records.

Stan Wilemon plays guitar and sings lead and harmony vocals with the band. Stan is also an accomplished songwriter having written many songs, some of which have been recorded by David Davis & The Warrior River Boys.

Phillip James has played fiddle with the Warrior River Boys off and on for several years, and has played with them full-time since 2015.

Admission to shows will require proof of full Covid-19 vaccination or a negative test. We will ask to see a vaccination card or a photo of the card (phone photo is OK), or proof from a testing facility of either a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the show or an antigen (rapid) test within 24 hours. Self-administered home tests are not acceptable. This requirement also applies to musicians, their crew if any, and Focal Point volunteers working the show. Masks are required to be worn when the room is open to the public except when lowered to sip a beverage. Performers are not required to wear a mask while on stage or among themselves backstage, but must do so if mixing with members of the audience.



Seth and Sara
Saturday, April 2nd
8:00pm
$15 Advance (+$1 service fee)
$20 Door

 
 
Seth and Sara have been van-life-ing it throughout the country, chasing their dreams while performing their modern-western originals to anyone who will listen. With Seth praised on his mesmerizing vocals, guitar, and an ever-evolving suitcase kick, Sara lays down percussion with delicate vocals accompanying their cowboy-inspired tunes. “If you enjoy a night filled with love, humor, heartbreak, dancing, and a rootsy kind of edge, then Seth and Sara is a show not to be missed!”



Karen Choi
Saturday, April 30th
8:00pm
$10 Advance (+$1 service fee)
$15 Door

 
 
Karen is a singer/songwriter living in the American midwest. She was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska where she was introduced to roots music at a young age through her father’s involvement in a local bluegrass band. She first picked up her dad’s Martin acoustic when she was thirteen years old. Since then songwriting became a means of channeling the stories of everyday life and encounters with others along the way.

Rooted in the Americana tradition, Choi’s music explores the common human experience from a rich lyrical perspective. Over the last few years, Karen has supported acts such as Son Volt, The Quebe Sisters, Wade Bowen and the late Pegi Young.

“Lost County” is Karen Choi’s third studio release. It was recorded and mixed in St. Louis, Missouri by Tim Gebauer and produced by Tim Gebauer with Nick Dahlquist and Karen Choi. This new body of work leans into the stylistic freedom that the Americana genre has to offer, rich with harmonies, multiple varieties of organ, piano and guitar.




*Presented by Focal Point Friends of Old-time Music

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