May 20, 2014

Concerts

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.



Tommy Halloran’s Skamasala Livestream
Thursday, March 25th, 7pm

Skamasala is a dance party that blends Jamaican ska with American jazz. Led by St. Louis veteran Tommy Halloran on guitar and vocals, the group also features the trombone stylings of John Covelli and the heavy bass grooves of Max Kelly. The trio plays a mixture of originals and Great American Songbook standards, showcasing the improvisation skills of the group while remaining ever danceable, in the spirit of The Skatalites. Pick it up, pick it up!


Tim Dulin Record Release Livestream
w/Special Guest LeAnn Fisher
Thursday, April 1st, 7pm

This is a Focal Point show starring Tim Dulin to celebrate the release of his record “Post Op”! He will be backed by Sam Golden and Ryan Koenig, and will have LeAnn Fisher as a guest singer!

Tim Dulin is a St. Louis based singer/songwriter of original and traditional country music. He has singing credits on Jack Grelle’s records “Jack Grelle and the Johnson Family” and “Steering Me Away”. He wrote the songs for LeAnn Fisher’s record “Better Off Alone” and just made his own original record “Post Op” at Sam Golden’s Holiday Heart Studios. He often performs around the greater St. Louis region with the band Circle the Wagons.

Special guest LeAnn Fisher is a St. Louis based singer performing original and traditional country music. With a voice both classic and unique she was recorded singing harmony on Jack Grelle’s record “Steering Me Away” and then released her debut record “Better Off Alone” in 2019.


The So Grand Polka Band Livestream
Thursday, April 8th, 7pm

The So Grand Polka Band is a new group of seasoned musicians formed in the middle of 2019. They have performed at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Oktoberfest, the Urban Chestnut Brewery’s Oktoberfest and also the Tick Tock Tavern’s Festivus. They play polkas and waltzes in a unique style that defies the usual standards of instrumentation while still meeting the required features of a classic polka band. The band leader Jess Adkins has written several catchy original pieces, and plays accordion, xylophone, glockenspiel and the occasional woodwind. Even though you’ll have to dance at home, this band is sure to get your blood flowing and warmed up this spring!


Buckhannon Brothers
& Leroy Pierson Livestream
Saturday, April 10th, 7pm

The Buckhannon Brothers have been on the old time music scene in and around St. Louis for decades. Dennis (guitar) has an impeccable style of rhythm and tasteful chordings. Curtis (mandolin) plays many tunes from lots of traditional musics, mostly from fiddle origins and blues, Irish, etc. They started off playing Rock and Roll and recently have reacquainted themselves with a former band member from the days of old, Tim Martin with Lefty and the Bedbugs. However, their performance will be just the two of them at Focal Point. A night of good humor and tasty music awaits thee.

Leroy (Jody) Pierson, blues guitarist and vocalist has also been around for some time here in St. Louis where he has been a mainstay in the blues circuit of St. Louis. He also is a record producer and former DJ of a Reggae Show in St. Louis. His rich knowledge of the Delta Blues and hands on experience of learning from the old masters makes him a unique rarity and delight to the ears.


Joe Park Trio and Janet Evra Livestream
Thursday, April 15th, 7pm

Janet Evra joins forces with the Joe Park Trio to deliver an unforgettable evening of Brazilian bossa novas, French chansons, and American jazz standards.

“Janet Evra… An absolute must-see for anyone in St. Louis who loves jazz.” – Riverfront Times

“Janet Evra’s arrival brought a breath of fresh air to the St. Louis jazz scene.” – Dennis Owsley, St. Louis Public Radio

Janet Evra is an international jazz vocalist, bassist, composer, and songwriter based in St. Louis. Evra performs on premier stages across the USA and Europe. A 2019-2020 Artist in Residence at the Kranzberg Arts Foundation in St. Louis, Evra has collaborated with international jazz superstars including Randy Brecker (5x Grammy winner), Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, and Diego Figuieredo (Grammy nominated). She released her debut album Ask Her to Dance in 2018 to critical acclaim; the album features Adam Maness, Will Buchanan, Montez Coleman and others performing Janet’s original music. Evra signed with Lotown Records in 2020.

Since moving to St. Louis almost 10 years ago, Joe Park has been a member in several of St. Louis’s most popular bands including Miss Jubilee, Sidney Street Shakers, Tommy Halloran’s Guerrilla Swing, and Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes. He currently leads two of his own bands the Joe Park Trio and the Hot Club of St. Louis. Joe has performed extensively across the Midwest, most recently performing the music of Django Reinhardt as a guest artist with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra in Peoria, Illinois.


Alzheimer’s Association Benefit Livestream
w/Dave Black and Farshid Etniko
Saturday, April 15th, 7pm

Celebrate the diverse musical talents of St Louis Jazz and Ethnic music artists, while raising awareness and dollars to fund Alzheimer’s / Dementia research & support services for local families living with the disease.

OPEN DONATIONS the day of live stream concert.
50% of proceeds goes to Alzheimer’s Association Greater Missouri Chapter’s the Longest Day fundraising initiative.


Cave States Livestream
Thursday, April 22nd, 7pm

Cave States is an American indie-band, formed by Chris Grabau, Danny Kathriner, and Todd Schnitzer. The St. Louis-based band often interweaves introspective lyrics. orchestral arrangements, and
experimental soundscapes.

Veterans of the St. Louis Americana music community, songwriters Grabau, Kathriner, and Schnitzer have led or supported some of the regions best known bands including Magnolia Summer, Half Knots, Nadine, Colonel Ford, Wagon, and Waterloo. However, Cave States marks their first collaborate partnership.

In 2013, the trio quietly released their first album, The Great Divide, to international acclaim. While Eleven Magazine (St. Louis) stated, “It’s collaboration at its finest… a seamless wave of harmonies punctuated with the squeak and chirp of fingers on strings that never venture into the darkness the bands’ name implies.” Americana UK called Divide, “an album to savor and revisit,” while other reviews likened the band’s music to The Jayhawks, Will Oldham, and Jason Molina.

In 2016, the band released their second album, True Life to more critical praise. The album marked a notable evolution of the band sound while retaining many of the same aesthetics established by the bands’ debut. While American Songwriter tagged the bands evolution as, “Wilco-esque Americana,” No Depression praise the album as “engaging as it is inspired. It would be hard to find a better example of songwriting skills and adept elocutions all combined within the same set of songs.” Americana UK noted the album “rewards the listener over multiple spins… it’s catchy, it’s incisive, and it sounds fabulous.”

After the release of True Life, Cave States’ live presence evolved into a 6 piece band. They performed regionally as well as a series of house concerts. However, in 2018 the band retreated back to Schnitzer’s Popscreen Studios to work on a new album. While the process has taken over three years, Cave States reemerged in 2020 with a 3-song EP based on the single, “The End is Around the Corner.” Their latest release, an “Julie Says” is an EP set to be released in May 2021.


Tionól Livestream Night One
Friday, April 23rd, 7:30pm

The 2021 Saint Louis Tionól is going virtual this year! Join us for a weekend of Irish music and song brought straight to your computer screen from across the US and Ireland. We are thrilled to welcome our wonderful tutors: Joey Abarta, Eimear Arkins, Pat Broaders, Brenda Castles, Colin & Shane Farrell, Eileen Gannon, Liz Knowles, Tommy Martin, Alan Murray, Ciara Ni Bhriain, Kieran O’Hare, Mick O’Brien, Mark Redmond, Robert Ryan, John Skelton and Jim Wenham. This stellar lineup of musicians and singers will be featured in two concerts livestreamed from The Focal Point.


Tionól Livestream Night Two
Saturday, April 24th, 7:30pm

The 2021 Saint Louis Tionól is going virtual this year! Join us for a weekend of Irish music and song brought straight to your computer screen from across the US and Ireland. We are thrilled to welcome our wonderful tutors: Joey Abarta, Eimear Arkins, Pat Broaders, Brenda Castles, Colin & Shane Farrell, Eileen Gannon, Liz Knowles, Tommy Martin, Alan Murray, Ciara Ni Bhriain, Kieran O’Hare, Mick O’Brien, Mark Redmond, Robert Ryan, John Skelton and Jim Wenham. This stellar lineup of musicians and singers will be featured in two concerts livestreamed from The Focal Point.


Seth and Sara
Friday, May 7th, 7:00pm

Seth and Sara have been “van-lifing” it across the country performing as their Americana Duo since 2018, when they evolved from Seth Brand Music. Seth has been recognized and praised throughout the states for his mesmerizing vocals, heartfelt tunes, and raw talent on the strings. His passionate performance is now aided by his wife Sara on percussion. They are now bringing the sound back to where it first began, St. Louis, MO! 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!



*Presented by Focal Point Friends of Old-time Music

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