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.
Since forming in 2006, the Rum Drum Ramblers have been honing their original St Louis string band blues in barrooms, clubs, street corners, listening rooms, and festivals. Powerful dual lead vocals by Mat Wilson and Ryan Koenig and the ever stylish slap bass of Joey Glynn weave through a tapestry of syncopated resonator guitar, screaming harmonica, mandolin, fiddle, bones, and washboard. This trio of multi-instrumentalists have a refreshing groove that swings at a perfectly danceable pace.
The Rum Drum Ramblers have netted awards such as “Best Blues Band” and “Best Blues Album” over the years, but that only begins to scratch the surface of what these individuals have accomplished in the formative early years of their careers, including performing around the globe, contributing to Grammy nominated albums, and sharing the stage with many cherished roots music stalwarts. Some may remember Koenig and Glynn from their decade long run with Pokey LaFarge, which yielded memorable appearances on Late Night with David Letterman, The Conan O’Brien Show, The Marty Stuart Show, Prairie Home Companion, UKs’ Jools Holland Hootenanny, and guest features in Disney’s “The Lone Ranger”, Jack White’s “American Epic” mini-series, and Jack White’s “Blunderbuss”. One of the final proteges of Henry Townsend, guitarist Mat Wilson is a living link to the origins of St Louis blues.
Now as the re-energized Rum Drum Ramblers return to the studio to record their first album since 2011’s “Mean Scene”, their road-warrior chops shine through in their playing and their song writing glistens with the depth of experience. Their music both timeless and exciting, the band plays with sincerity and respect to the original blues forbearers.
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Saturday, October 17th, 1:00-2:30pm, $10: An Afternoon of Jazz Guitar with Dave Black, Farshid Etniko, and special guest Mark Torlina
These guys need no introduction but for the few of you who dont know, all three are musical powerhouses in their own right and are considered to be in the top tier of St.Louis’ Jazz and World music scene . Together, (for a reunion of old friends) they will be putting together something extra super special for us, Dont miss this one!
NOTE THIS IS A 1:00 PM SHOW
Sunday, October 18th, 3:00-4:30pm, $10: Focal Point Friends of Old-Time Music Present: River Bend
Formed in 2015 in the heart of the Midwest, River Bend is a traditional bluegrass band that is dedicated to the performance and preservation of the high-lonesome sound. With soaring tenor harmonies, driving instrumentation, and the classic bluegrass groove, this group recalls the voices of Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, Vern Williams, Red Allen, and more. Those looking for the authentic true grass experience reflecting the sounds of the early days of bluegrass and a simpler life will not want to miss this show.
The Bottlesnakes are Ethan Leinwand on piano and Nick Pence on guitar. As a band they started out with 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.
*Presented by Focal Point Friends of Old-time Music
**Presented by Focal Point Friends of Traditional Jazz, Blues & Ragtime
… and many more!