May 20, 2014

Concerts

All our ticket prices are discounted for advance purchases.  For example, $10/$15 means ten dollars in advance or fifteen dollars at the door. Unless otherwise specified, advance tickets are available until noon on the day of the concert for evening shows, and 10AM on the day of the concert for Matinee shows, at brownpapertickets.com.  For any difficulties with online purchases, please call 1-800-838-3006.

DOORS OPEN THIRTY MINUTES BEFORE THE SHOW


Due to the pressing risk of COVID-19 Virus, The Focal Point will be temporarily closing until at least May 15, 2020. All concerts have been canceled or postponed. If you have tickets for a canceled concert your tickets are in the process of being refunded. If you have tickets to a postponed concert your tickets will be good for the new date, but if you would prefer a refund please contact brown paper tickets and they will issue a refund. Please stay tuned for more updates.


 


Friday, March 13th, 8pm, $20/25: An Evening with Erin Bode

Erin Bode has been singing since she was a child.  She grew up in Minnesota, moving to St. Louis with her family when she was in high school.  She graduated from Webster University with a degree in music and foreign languages.  She has performed around the world with her band, the Erin Bode Group and has recorded eight albums in her career to date.  Her albums have been featured in many national publications, including the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.  Erin has been featured on the national television and radio broadcasts of CBS Saturday Morning with Russ Mitchell, A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor and Fox and Friends Saturday. Her most recent album, Here and Now, was a collaboration with producer and bassist Viktor Krauss, guitarists Matt Munisteri and Todd Lombardo, cellist Tara Santiago, and Grammy-Award winning vocalist Suzanne Cox.  With this treasured collection of songs from writers like Irving Berlin and Frank Loesser, Rickie Lee Jones and Gerry Rafferty, Bode and her fellow musicians impart each story through simple yet sophisticated arrangements of each piece.

THIS SHOW HAS BEEN POSTPONED.  NEW SHOW WILL BE FRIDAY JUNE 19.  TICKETS WILL BE GOOD FOR NEW SHOW BUT IF YOU PREFER A REFUND PLEASE CONTACT BROWN PAPER TICKETS.

Postponed


Sunday, March 15th, 7:30pm, $15/20: Focal Point Friends of Old-Time Music Present: Gas Light Quartet (Clark Buehling/Billy Matthews/Christine & Paul Breen)

Gas Light Quartet plays popular music from the late 19th century and early 20th century!
Clarke Buehling – (banjo and Vocals) is known for his faithful renditions of early banjo tunes, many gleaned from his personal collection of sheet music published for the 5 string banjo more than 100 years ago. Clarke currently teaches banjo, fiddle, mandolin and guitar, he also performs with the Ozark Highballers and the First Line trad-jazz band.
Paul and Christine Breen have played back up for Billy Mathews for
over 15 years, playing on stages as Fiddlin Banjo Billy and The Old Time Players.  Billy spent many hours mentoring this couple in the style of Old Time Music. Fiddlin Banjo Billy Mathews (fiddle and banjo-mandolin) has been playing and teaching a new generation the old time fiddle tunes he has learned and composed in his time traveling in the Mid-West and Upper South. Recently a collection of his 500 fiddle tunes project has been researched and transcribed by Emily Elam.

Clarke and Billy played for many years with the esteemed band The Skirtlifters. This performance will be the first time they have played on stage together since the 1990’s.

THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELED


Thursday, March 19th, 7:30pm, $12/15: Don Diego Trio

The Don Diego Trio’s music is a mix of rockabilly, rock & roll with touches of western swing.   They have been nominated three years in a row in the “Best Rockabilly Band” category for the Ameripolitan Music Awards. During their third USA tour they recorded their latest album “Rocking in Memphis” at the world-famous Sun Studios. Their fine showmanship and musical ability make them the greatest in my book. They rock!!”

Mark Gamsjager of the New York based Lustre Kings boasts a devoted international fanbase and continue to perform over 150 dates a year. Gamsjager, a Gretsch guitars endorsee who has taught for the National Guitar Workshop. Beginning with 1995’s Mark Gamsjager Rocks & The Lustre Kings Roll, the band staked a claim to a modern take on the reverb-driven sounds of early rock, leaning also on touchstones of country, blues and R&B.

THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED


Friday, March 20th, 8:00pm, $10/15: The Brianna Brown Band

The Brianna Brown Band is a traditional Irish music project from St. Louis featuring All-Ireland World Champion, Brianna Brown.

Brianna is a talented, young multi-instrumentalist from St. Louis, MO.  She is a two-time All-Ireland World Champion.  At age 11, she won the 2015 All-Ireland World Championship in the under-12 concertina, and in 2016, she won the All-Ireland World Championship in the under-12 mouth organ (harmonica).  She is the youngest American to ever win a world title at the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann, and the first to ever win in the concertina and mouth organ under-12 categories.  She has recently won a Silver medal in the mouth organ competition at the 2018 All-Ireland World Championships in Drogheda.

Brianna is a six-time Midwest Fleadh Champion on the concertina, harp, mouth organ, and tin whistle.  She has qualified to compete at the world championships an astounding 58 times since the age of seven in multiple categories.

For this performance, Brianna will be accompanied by renowned local musician and educator, Lisa Gilbert on flute and whistle; Dr. Tim Yau on fiddle, guitar, and bouzouki; and Matthew Brown on bodhrán. There might even be a special guest or two joining in for a few tunes.

THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELED


Sunday, March 22nd, 2:00pm, $20/25: World Music Singer Nino Basharuli (Tbilisi, Georgia) and Flamenco Guitarist Lliam Christy (USA)

This is the first US tour by the amazing Eastern European singer Nino Basharuli. Singing in 8 languages; Georgian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Hebrew, Russian, English and Hindi, Nino will captivate your heart and soul. Nino’s connection to Georgian Folk Music is very strong and she is highly regarded in her home country and in Europe. Nino and Lliam performed the festival in Tbilisi “Art Geni” July 2018 along with television and radio shows in Georgia. The performance will include songs in English along with assorted other languages and of course some Georgian folk music and Flamenco from Spain. CD’s will be available at the show.
 
Videos
Nino and Lliam live on television in Tbilisi, Georgia
A “produced” video of a song from her CD “Is Vaji”

Nino’s CD on Spotify

Nino and Lliam live on Tbilisi Radio (video)
About Lliam;
Lliam has performed internationally with some amazing singers, most recently at The Kennedy Center on November 6th 2019 with Nani Noam Vazana (Amsterdam). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhpJ_dKhStg&t=1189s
Other artists Lliam has performed with; Pia Tosacano (LA), Lazaro Galarraga (Havana, Cuba, LA). The Reventones (LA),
Various Flamenco Artists,(Madrid, USA)

THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED


Friday, March 27th, 8pm, $15/20: Joe Mancuso, Erika Johnson & Tracer (Ptah Williams / Darrell Mixon / Gary Sykes)

St. Louis Jazz Vocalist Joe Mancuso teams up with TRACER and Erika Johnson for a One Night ONLY Jazz Extravaganza at The Focal Point! Joe Mancuso is always mixing it up with St. Louis Musical Legends, and this concert is no different!

Straight Ahead Jazz, Fusion and Funky Jazzed-Up Blues await you on this historical union of St. Louis Jazz Greats!

Musician Bios:

About Tracer:
Since the late 1970s and early 80s, Tracer has been considered by many as THE Premier Jazz-Fusion band of St. Louis; combining electric instruments with elements of rock, funk and rhythm and blues. Tracer is: Ptah Williams on piano and keyboards, Darrell Mixon on bass and Gary Sykes on drums.

About Ptah Williams——-
Jazz pianist Ptah Williams has performed internationally with Freddie Hubbard, George Benson, James Moody and many other household names of jazz.

“His style is unpredictable, his virtuosity is mind-blowing and following the twists and turns of his solo runs can be as exciting as a roller coaster ride”.
—–Riverfront TImes

“Ptah Williams is one of St. Louis’ finest jazz pianists. He makes the piano breathe and dance. One of his great strengths is that he is able to shine both as a soloist and as an accompanist. As a soloist, he assumes center-stage with grace and confidence; as an accompanist he supports the soloist with a style that is varied and innovative, yet never overpowering.
—–KDHX Radio

About Darrell Mixon——-
Darrell Mixon is St. Louis Jazz Royalty. Following in his father’s footsteps, the late great bassist John Mixon, Darrell has carved out a chunk of Jazz history of his own. Darrel always plays with such energy, passion and zeal! He has performed nationally and internationally with the likes of Oliver Lake, Eddie Henderson, Gil Scott-Heron, Cecil Taylor and many others. St. Louis is so fortunate to have this fine musician on the scene.

About Gary Sykes——-
Gary Sykes is a most versatile multi-genre drummer that explores the kit in new ways every time he plays. He has performed with Freddie Hubbard, Oliver Sain, The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, John Hicks, Lester Bowie, Fontella Bass and the Nuclear Percussion Ensemble to name a few. A true Gem and Living Legend!

About Erika Johnson——-
Erika Johnson is one of St. Louis’ premier Jazz singers. She got her start in the famed East St. Louis Lincoln High Jazz Band under the direction of Ron Carter. She has sung all over the United States and internationally alongside many world class musicians such as Russell Gunn, Hamiet Bluiett, Montez Coleman, Robert Glaspar and many others. She also spent many years performing with the late, great Willie Akins at the iconic Spruill’s jazz club in St. Louis. Erika has an infectious personality, she keeps the audience engaged with her un-matched energy and she can scat like no other!

About Joe Mancuso——-
Joe is the new kid on the Jazz block compared to the legends mentioned above. In recent years his popularity has skyrocketed and he has won multiple awards for both his voice and his recordings. Joe studied jazz at Webster University under the tutelage of Paul DeMarinis, Steve Schenkel, Carolbeth True, Kim Portnoy and Dan Rubright. You can catch Joe performing all over St. Louis, and at upcoming shows in Las Vegas, Sedona Arizona and other U.S. cities.

THIS SHOW HAS BEEN POSTPONED.  NEW SHOW WILL BE FRIDAY JULY 24.  TICKETS WILL BE GOOD FOR NEW SHOW BUT IF YOU PREFER A REFUND PLEASE CONTACT BROWN PAPER TICKETS.  Tickets available now for new date.


Saturday, March 28th, 8pm, $15/20: Focal Point Friends of Old-Time Music Present: Spencer & Rains

Tricia Spencer  is a Kansas fiddler who grew up learning the tradition of old time music from her Grandparents and  the likes of Pete McMahan, Cyril Stinnet, Lymon Enloe, Dwight Lamb, Amos Chase, and Lucy Pierce. Howard Rains plays rare, old tunes learned from friends, family, mentors, and old recordings. Spencer & Rains have performed and taught nationally and internationally, playing old time fiddle tunes and singing old songs in the style of their home states while also exploring other American regional styles.

 

THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELED


 

 

 


Saturday, April 18th, 8pm, $10/15: John C. Van Orman with Adam Helwin

The music of John C. Van Orman & Adam Helwin blends textures and texts of antique and modern soundscapes, familiar enough to be warm and welcoming, adequately exotic to be fresh and surprising. Two singers accompanying themselves on guitars, harmonium, concertina, hurdy-gurdy, and other instruments, they share traditional and contemporary songs of a world populated by cowboys, sailors, hoboes, and many sorts of lovers.

THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELED


Sunday, April 19th, 7:30pm, $35/40: John Mccutcheon

A special concert from folk music’s renaissance man, master instrumentalist, powerful singer- songwriter, storyteller, activist, and author. “John McCutcheon is not only one of the best musicians in the USA, but also a great singer, songwriter, and song leader. And not just incidentally, he is committed to helping hard-working people everywhere to organize and push this world in a better direction.” -Pete Seeger-

THIS SHOW HAS BEEN POSTPONED.  NEW SHOW WILL BE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15.  TICKETS WILL BE GOOD FOR NEW SHOW BUT IF YOU PREFER A REFUND PLEASE CONTACT BROWN PAPER TICKETS.  Tickets available now for new date.

 


Friday, June 9th, 8pm, $10/15: Missouri Breaks

Missouri Breaks combines hard-driving and traditional bluegrass with elements of rock, jazz, blues, and folk. The band’s tight vocal harmonies, solid grooves, and inventive improvisation make for a highly enjoyable musical experience.

Missouri Breaks is: Mike Aehle, banjo and vocals;  Joel Ferber, mandolin and vocals; Larry Daniels , guitar and vocals; Glenn Meyers, bass and Mark Vaccaro, fiddle.


Coming in 2020:

 

 

July 25th: 7th Annual Guitar Summit

 

August 7th: Greg Silsby & Mike Zanger

August 28th: 3rd Annual Django Guitar Summit – Joe Park and Friends**

 

December 26th: An Evening with Ryan Koenig: Releasing the Focal Point Recordings Volume 3

 

*Presented by Focal Point Friends of Old-time Music

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

… and many more!