May 20, 2014

Concerts

DOORS OPEN 1/2 HOUR BEFORE SHOWTIME



Bob Bovee
Friday, November 19th
8:00pm
$15 Advance (+$1 service fee)
$20 Door

 
 
Since 1971, Bob Bovee has traveled the country taking old-time music to audiences of all ages at festivals, fairs, coffeehouses, schools, libraries, and radio and TV prorgams. His performances feature rural music of an earlier era as played in homes, at dances, on live hillbilly radio shows and 78 RPM recordings.

Along with a repertory including dance tunes, ballads, cowboy songs, humorous and sentimental numbers, blues and rags, Bob spices up his shows with stories, history, and folklore of the western states. Bob sings [and yodels, too!] and accompanies himself on guitar, harmonica, banjo, and autoharp.



Diesel Island
Saturday, November 20th
8:00pm
$10 Advance (+$1 service fee)
$15 Door

 
 
Diesel Island makes a triumphant return to Focal Point on Saturday, November 20th! The band performs American country music from the ’40’s through the ’80’s with an emphasis on ’70’s Outlaw country. Founded by Brian Henneman and Mark Ortmann of the Bottle Rockets, Diesel Island has been entertaining audiences throughout the St. Louis regions for going on 18 years now.

For this concert, band personnel will include Kip Loui, Richard Tralles, Mark Ortmann, Carl Pandolfi and Jon Ferber. C’mon down and bring your dancing shoes.



The Bottlesnakes
Friday, November 26th
8:00pm
$10 Advance (+$1 service fee)
$15 Door

 
 
The Bottlesnakes are Ethan Leinwand on piano and Nick Pence on guitar. As a band they started out with a specialty in 20s and 30s blues from St. Louis and beyond. They would then grow to perform original music which is a unique combination of styles and influences that has been thoroughly crafted over the years. A true folk product of the current times and the St. Louis environment with a sound that is timeless and internationally accessible. We are happy and excited to have them back in our listening room!



Tom Hall
Saturday, November 27th
8:00pm
$10 Advance (+$1 service fee)
$15 Door

 
 
Tom Hall has been undisputed occupant of first chair in every band hes played in, whether its the Geyer Street Sheiks, River City Rhythm, The Illusions, The Fighting Molly McGuires, or any of the others.

Of course, the respect he now enjoys didn’t just fall into his lap; in the thirty-plus years hes been a working professional, Tom’s paid his dues with interest, playing on street corners, festivals, bars, and concerts across the continent, Ireland and Europe. Tom’s playing has brought him acclaim from appearances on National Public Radios Good Evening America with Noah Adams to the stages he’s shared with The Neville Brothers, Count Basie, Lightin Hopkins, Albert King, Guy Clark, and many others.

Tom’s music was originally based on blues mentors Mississippi John Hurt, Robert Johnson, Blind Blake, and Rev. Gary Davis, to name only a few. He has since broadened his repertoire to include eclectic finger-style guitar, clawhammer banjo, and Irish tenor banjo alongside his mastery of resophonic guitar.



Rough Shop’s 17th Annual Holiday Extravaganza Night One!
Friday, December 3rd
8:00pm
$15 Advance (+$1 service fee)
$20 Door

 
 
This year marks the seventeenth year that Rough Shop will be at the Focal Point to offer up their take on the holiday season! Find out why these shows have become an annual tradition for so many. It’s all there – the wonder, the longing, the joy, the beauty, the feeling of loneliness for some, the celebration and MANY holiday decorations. It all comes through in the original songs by Rough Shop and the wide array of Christmas and holiday songs by other artists that they select to play.

Of course, a celebration of this scale is too immense for the five-member Rough Shop to pull off on their own which is why they bring in musicians and vocalists from an array of other St. Louis bands to join the Yuletide festivities. The joiners will be Michelle Rae, Chris Grabau (Cave States, Magnolia Summer) with his daughter Avery joining in for her 4th Extravaganza appearance, Steve Carosello, Jenny Parsons Bosworth and Stephanie Stewart.

Blow molds galore! Lights aplenty! Christmas and holiday music of the highest order! Santa sanctioned! 50% of the proceeds from this weekend of concerts will go directly to keeping the Focal Point alive and presenting music!



Rough Shop’s 17th Annual Holiday Extravaganza Night Two!
Saturday, December 4th
8:00pm
$15 Advance (+$1 service fee)
$20 Door

 
 
This year marks the seventeenth year that Rough Shop will be at the Focal Point to offer up their take on the holiday season! Find out why these shows have become an annual tradition for so many. It’s all there – the wonder, the longing, the joy, the beauty, the feeling of loneliness for some, the celebration and MANY holiday decorations. It all comes through in the original songs by Rough Shop and the wide array of Christmas and holiday songs by other artists that they select to play.

Of course, a celebration of this scale is too immense for the five-member Rough Shop to pull off on their own which is why they bring in musicians and vocalists from an array of other St. Louis bands to join the Yuletide festivities. The joiners will be Michelle Rae, Chris Grabau (Cave States, Magnolia Summer) with his daughter Avery joining in for her 4th Extravaganza appearance, Steve Carosello, Jenny Parsons Bosworth and Stephanie Stewart.

Blow molds galore! Lights aplenty! Christmas and holiday music of the highest order! Santa sanctioned! 50% of the proceeds from this weekend of concerts will go directly to keeping the Focal Point alive and presenting music!



Rough Shop’s 17th Annual Holiday Extravaganza Sunday Matinee!
Sunday, December 5th
2:00pm
$15 Advance (+$1 service fee)
$20 Door

 
 
This year marks the seventeenth year that Rough Shop will be at the Focal Point to offer up their take on the holiday season! Find out why these shows have become an annual tradition for so many. It’s all there – the wonder, the longing, the joy, the beauty, the feeling of loneliness for some, the celebration and MANY holiday decorations. It all comes through in the original songs by Rough Shop and the wide array of Christmas and holiday songs by other artists that they select to play.

Of course, a celebration of this scale is too immense for the five-member Rough Shop to pull off on their own which is why they bring in musicians and vocalists from an array of other St. Louis bands to join the Yuletide festivities. The joiners will be Michelle Rae, Chris Grabau (Cave States, Magnolia Summer) with his daughter Avery joining in for her 4th Extravaganza appearance, Steve Carosello, Jenny Parsons Bosworth and Stephanie Stewart.

Blow molds galore! Lights aplenty! Christmas and holiday music of the highest order! Santa sanctioned! 50% of the proceeds from this weekend of concerts will go directly to keeping the Focal Point alive and presenting music!



Dave Black, Sandy Weltman, Farshid Soltanshahi
Friday, December 10th
8:00pm
$15 Advance (+$1 service fee)
$20 Door

 
 
 
 
An eclectic mix of jazz, pop and world music with a nod to the holiday season! Dave Black is well-known in town for his masterful jazz guitar work; Sandy Weltman can play absolutely anything on the harmonica, and Farshid adds an exotic touch with middle-eastern tunes and rhythms from his native Iran. Together they find common ground mainly in classic jazz, but also in some unexpected genres and old favorites. Don’t miss this one; tickets will go fast.



Jake’s Leg 11th Annual Holiday Acoustic Dance Party
Saturday, December 11th
8:00pm
$20 Advance (+$1 service fee)
$20 Door

 
 
 
 
Jakes Legs annual holiday appearance 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. (That’s only 11-ish years less than the Dead played Dead themselves!) This will be an acoustic performance. The show will likely not be the perfectly silent listening experience we are known for, however, we promise that it will be great fun for all. Dancing recommended but not required. Proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test in the last 72hr and a mask are required for entry.



Graham Curry B-Day Concert w/ Missouri Fury
Friday, December 17th
8:00pm
$10 Advance (+$1 service fee)
$15 Door

 
 
Graham Curry is a 22-year-old bluegrass multi-instrumentalist born and raised in Missouri and has been playing since a young child. Graham specializes in flatpicking guitar, mandolin, and fiddle and has a strong passion for traditional Bluegrass, American roots & world folk music. Graham has toured with various acts from coast to coast picking and performing at all sorts of theaters & festivals since the age of 18. Areas of study include learning the ways of such players as Clarence White, Tony Rice, Jimmy Martin, David Grier, Norman Blake, JD Crowe, Ricky Skaggs and many more. Though his style is his own, the music will be a familiar throwback to America’s musical past. Joining him for this concert is his new band Missouri Fury and they will set the the scene for what is sure to be a memorable birthday evening .



Mark Stoffel
Saturday, December 18th
8:00pm
$15 Advance (+$1 service fee)
$20 Door

 
 
Originally from Munich, Germany, Mark Stoffel spent literally decades traversing between two continents before finally settling down in Southern Illinois in 2001 with his wife Mary and his children, Finn and Oliver. Sealing his decision to make the United States his permanent home, he became a citizen in 2016.

A self-described bluegrass music “addict,” he was introduced to the music in 1979, when as a teenager, he wanted a ukulele for Christmas and was mistakenly given a mandolin instead. The flub turned into a virtue, as he parlayed a classic mandolin instructional book; occasional exposure to bluegrass through radio and concerts by touring American musicians; and accumulated experience in folk, rock and bluegrass bands into a lifelong artistic pursuit. During this time, he began to connect with American artists, helping to arrange tour dates and providing hospitality—including to the artist who would become his future employer, Chris Jones. As he spent more time in the United States, his tasteful approach to playing, growing expertise in sound engineering and supportive harmony vocal abilities earned him increased attention — first in regional acts, then with Jones’ singer/songwriter wife, Sally Jones, and finally with Jones himself, whose Night Drivers Mark joined around the time of the band’s 2009 recording, Cloud Of Dust.

Today his tasteful mandolin performances can be heard on countless recordings, including his first solo release, One-O-Five, and a string of Chris Jones and the Night Drivers projects, including Run Away Tonight (2015), Made To Move (2017) and the most recent, The Choosing Road (2019). “Mark is one of the most musical mandolin players I’ve ever played with,” says Jones. “ Mandolin players are really impressed with his playing everywhere we go.” Yet despite his passion for bluegrass, Stoffel confesses ironically that he is highly allergic to — yes, really — Kentucky Bluegrass.



Ryan Koenig Presents:
Tim Dulin’s Record Release Party
Sunday, December 26th
8:00pm
$10 Advance (+$1 service fee)
$15 Door

 
 
Ryan Koenig here folks! It’s that time of year again and I’m happy to be able to say that my annual December show is live and in person and indoors! It won’t be on a Saturday this year because the last Saturday of December is Christmas day. Instead we are moving to Sunday night, for a production as large as you’re used to. Of course there will be plenty of music from me, but rather than releasing a record of mine, we are releasing a record by my good buddy Tim Dulin. You may recognize Tim from one of our pandemic livestreams or a Jack Grelle show. He recorded recently with Sam Golden, who you may recognize from the previously mentioned places, or perhaps Fiddlin’ Sam and the Golden Bolo Band. Basically I’ll play some songs, they’ll play some songs, we’ll play some songs together and we’ll have a great time. Let’s celebrate a great record getting made, a great venue staying open, and great friends! I hope you’ll be among us.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




*Presented by Focal Point Friends of Old-time Music

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