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The Focal Point does not require proof of COVID-19 vaccination, negative COVID-19 tests, or masks. There may be future shows where these are required at the request of the performer. This will be clearly noted on our website and all social media platforms when the event is advertised. We will also continue to follow the St. Louis County Health Department guidelines and will update our practices accordingly. Thank you for your continued support for The Focal Point.



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October 2022

Jim and Susie Malcolm from Scotland

October 7 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Focal Point, 2720 Sutton Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63143 United States
$25 – $30

    For the past 30 years and more, Jim Malcolm has been the ultimate Scots troubadour, taking the traditional songs of Scotland and his own prizewinning compositions to all corners of the UK and around almost every state in the USA. His voice is one of the finest in Scotland, and his mellifluous guitar playing is the perfect accompaniment. He plays mouthorgan to a standard you’ll rarely hear. Jim was voted Songwriter of the Year in the Scots Trad…

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Rupam Ghosh and Friends

October 11 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Focal Point, 2720 Sutton Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63143 United States
$15 – $20

    In North Indian Classical violin Rupam Ghosh is the new millennium star. He will be featured in a fusion concert with violinist Matt Pickart, tabla player Sebastian Buhts, and possibly one or two others. Rupam Ghosh began to learn violin from the age of 9 under the tutelage of proclaimed violinist Prof. Robin Ghosh. From the beginning he proved his competency. Rupam started performing at a tender age of 14. Rupam was awarded by Calcutta University as a…

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The Lovestruck Balladeers presented by Focal Point Friends of Traditional Jazz, Blues & Ragtime

October 12 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Focal Point, 2720 Sutton Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63143 United States
$20 – $25

    Focal Point Friends of Traditional Jazz, Blues & Ragtime are happy to welcome back The Lovestruck Balladeers! The Lovestruck Balladeers enchant audiences with their masterful performances and inspired repertoire of ragtime, jazz and beautiful songs from around the world. They might whip out a lost melody from a forgotten mandolin folio or they might play a Mexican waltz. They might push into a renegade rearrangement of a swing standard or get down with a country rag. They are…

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Poor Man’s Gambit

October 14 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Focal Point, 2720 Sutton Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63143 United States
$15 – $20

    Poor Man's Gambit was formed in 2015 and hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The trio has released 3 albums, completed two international tours, and has been noted as an increasingly popular Irish-American group. Featuring Fiddle, Button Accordion, Guitar, Bodhran, Bouzouki, Vocals, and Dance, PMG brings together diverse musical backgrounds which complement the other's musical styles both on stage and in the studio. With two multi-instrumentalists in the line-up, PMG has been noted for their ability to change instrumentation…

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Kieran Kane & Rayna Gellert

October 15 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Focal Point, 2720 Sutton Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63143 United States
$20 – $25

    Kieran Kane’s seminal work in The O'Kanes and Kane, Welch, Kaplin, as well as co-founding the independent label Dead Reckoning Records, laid the foundation for the contemporary world of Americana music. A successful solo artist, collaborator, and songwriter (with songs recorded by Alan Jackson, John Prine, Emmylou Harris, and many more), Kieran is a musician's musician: his playing is always understated, always groove-oriented, and always serving the song. If Rayna Gellert seems a preternaturally gifted songwriter, it’s because…

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RiverBend

October 22 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Focal Point, 2720 Sutton Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63143 United States
$15 – $20

    RiverBend is a Traditional Bluegrass band dedicated to the performance and preservation of the "High-Lonesome Sound". With soaring multi-part harmonies, driving instrumentation, and the classic bluegrass sound, this group recalls the voices of Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, Vern Williams, Red Allen and more. If you are seeking an authentic " true grass" experience that harkens back to the founders of the genre, these are the guys for you. The band members are: Aaron Muskopf-guitar, lead vocals; Andy…

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Chicago Farmer

October 29 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Focal Point, 2720 Sutton Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63143 United States
$20 – $25

    The son of a small-town farming community, Cody Diekhoff logged plenty of highway and stage time under the name Chicago Farmer before settling in the city in 2003. Profoundly inspired by fellow Midwesterner John Prine, he’s a working-class folk musician to his core. His small-town roots, tilled with city streets mentality, are turning heads North and South of I-80. “I love the energy, music, and creativity of Chicago, but at the same time, the roots and hard work…

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November 2022

Steam Machine

November 4 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Focal Point, 2720 Sutton Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63143 United States
$15 – $20

    Steam Machine is an award winning Minneapolis old time bluegrass project formed to explore and celebrate midwest fiddle and string band traditions that blur the lines between old time, bluegrass, and related genres to create sounds of their own. With clean, powerful fiddling, driving three finger banjo, straight ahead harmony singing and rock solid rhythm backup, “Steam Machine is a stout example of the vitality of fiddle music Up North these days.” (Old Time Herald) Fronted by in-demand…

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Fiddlin’ Sam and the Bolo Band

November 11 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Focal Point, 2720 Sutton Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63143 United States
$15 – $20

    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, T.J. 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 Miss Jubilee, The Gaslight Squares and Brothers Lazaroff in collaboration with the St. Louis Civic Orchestra.…

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Hiroya Tsukamoto: International Fingerstyle Guitar Genius

November 12 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Focal Point, 2720 Sutton Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63143 United States
$20 – $25

    A native of Japan, Hiroya is relatively new to the scene as far as expert guitar aficionados go, but that didn't stop him from completely captivating and utterly dumbfounding all in attendance during his first appearance on the Focal Point stage last winter. It was a relatively small show yet ended sounding as if the room were full of people. Multiple encores were requested! Afterwards, we immediately rebooked him for a future date, and now that time is…

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