FOCAL POINT LIVESTREAM CONCERT SERIES
On Thursday November 12 we will start our Livestream Concert Series. Concerts will be broadcast live on the Focal Point’s Facebook page. These will occur most Thursdays at 7pm. Check Facebook and our website for current listings. The only people allowed inside the venue will be musicians and staff, so we will not charge to watch the livestream, but a suggested donation of $10-$15 will all go to the musicians. You can donate through Paypal or Venmo.
You don’t learn much from staying in one place, and songwriter Jack Grelle has embodied this in both his approach to life and music. For years, Grelle hopped trains and hitchhiked across the US, soaking in stories and writing songs based on the people he met along his travels. His rambling spirit influenced his music which combines elements of traditional country, folk, and rock’n roll. “It was the traditional troubadour kind of thing,” he recalls. “I cut my teeth as a songwriter by traveling and performing in that fashion.” With his finger on the pulse of current issues, it’s no wonder that Rolling Stone claims Grelle is “a progressive honky-tonk hero arriving at just the right time in Trump’s America.” As we come out of “Trump’s America” and enter into a new era, Jack maintains his status as a veteran of excellent Focal Point performance. Still fresh off this year’s release of “If Not Forever”, this night should not be missed!
We are happy to welcome back Farshid Etniko and friends! Farshid creates a distinctive, personal multiculturalism evoking textures, colors and stories from diverse cities and countries, beginning with his own Middle Eastern timbres and Persian graces, and augmenting them with blues, jazz and classical ideas. For this show, he has assembled a one-of-a-kind lineup of like-minded adventurous artists: Brian May on drums and percussion; Marc Torlina on bass, Luke Sailor on piano, and Thomas Jöstlein, associate principal hornist of the St Louis Symphony, on French horn. For a truly eclectic mix of all the above influences plus anything else that takes their fancy, this will be a show to remember!
The Gaslight Squares are a St. Louis based jazz band, dedicated to preserving early styles of jazz, blues and ragtime, through live musical performance along with education. After a year of very limited live performances the band are excited to have prepared a special show for the Focal Point’s Livestream series. They will debuting a whole host of new arrangements from the Ragtime age to the Swing era.
For this night the band will consist of cornetist T.J. Muller, reed players Ryan Calloway and Kellie Everett, pianist Christian Frommelt, guitarist/banjoist Jacob Alspach and bassist Joey Glynn.
The annual appearance of Jake’s Leg on our stage has become a Focal Point tradition. Spanning the generations, Jake’s Leg has been performing the music of The Grateful Dead for 45 years. Thats only 11-ish years less than the Dead played Dead themselves! As usual, this will be a more acoustic performance. Unusually however, this will not be the no holds barred dance party that is typical of their past Focal Point appearances, as we are in a pandemic. We still encourage you to tune in, turn on and drop out of your typical cold January Saturday night and warm up at home with some timeless all American folk-rock!
We’re ready for Tom Hall’s 15th Annual Guitar and Resophonic Extravaganza Livestream presented by the Focal Point and Iron Barley’s High Hog Ridge! This yearly event usually takes place at Iron Barley, but due to current circumstances we will be broadcasting from the Focal Point. All money received will benefit charities of Iron Barley’s choosing. You can expect, as usual, plenty of resophonic instruments!
The lineup currently includes…
Dave Black/Matt Roland and Joe Winters/Greg Silsby/Vince Corkery and Bob Briedenbach/The Tom Hall/Rum Drum Ramblers
It’s Sam Golden’s birthday! What a night!
Sam Golden is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer who has called St. Louis home since 2016. Sam has played violin, viola, guitar, and piano with local luminaries including Jack Grelle, Brothers Lazaroff, TJ Muller, and Jenny Roques. Sam’s string arrangements have been featured on recordings by Nick Gusman, John Henry, Laren Loveless and many more. Sam has also made symphonic arrangements for Ms. Jubilee, The Gaslight Squares and Brothers Lazaroff in collaboration with the St. Louis Civic Orchestra. Sam’s own project, Fiddlin Sam and the Golden Bolo Band, is a nine-piece Western Swing band that plays his arrangements and transcriptions of the legendary tunes of Bob Wills, Milton Brown and more. During quarantine, Sam launched his home recording studio, Holiday Heart Studio, releasing an album of pandemic-inspired songs and continuing his collaborations with a diverse array of St Louis artists from home.
The Chimps are a trio of longtime St. Louis-area singer-songwriters made up of John Krane and Jesse Irwin on vocals and guitar, along with Dave Werner on vocals and bass. They specialize in close harmony singing at a low-volume, and songwriting unique to each member. The Chimps have performed several times at Focal Point, and we’re happy to get them on camera for the livestream!
*Presented by Focal Point Friends of Old-time Music
**Presented by Focal Point Friends of Traditional Jazz, Blues & Ragtime