Focal Point COVID-19 Policy

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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May 2023

Ordinary Elephant

May 19 @ 8:00 pm
$20 – $25

    “Keep kind all that rises from your chest to your tongue. Don’t ever let your words undo the work you’ve done,” sings Crystal Damore on “Worth the Weight,” a song that beats at the heart of Ordinary Elephant's potent new album, Honest. In the song, it's a two-line enjoinder from an adult to a kid. In life, though, it's a mission statement for ourselves as much as for others. And the work that Crystal, along with her husband…

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Clinton Davis with special guests Nick Pence and Ethan Leinwand

May 20 @ 8:00 pm
$15 – $20

    We are happy to welcome Clinton Davis to The Focal Point for the first time! There will also be an opening set by Ethan Leinwand and Nick Pence! Clinton Davis is an old time folk musician currently based in San Diego, California. A fifth-generation Kentuckian, Davis grew up in rural Carroll County. His repertoire spans fiddle and banjo music native to his family home, the exuberant ragtime piano and guitar of early 20th-century New Orleans, and ballad songs…

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West End Junction with special guests Goldberry

May 26 @ 8:00 pm
$15 – $20

    West End Junction is a folk-rock duo from St. Louis, MO, comprised of Cara Ristau (vocals, keyboard) and Dan Ristau (guitar). The pair met in 2014 in a south St. Louis apartment jam session through mutual friends. Unable to stay away from the music that brought them together, they created West End Junction in 2019. Their music, heavily influenced by folk, Americana, and indie country, has been described as "haunting" by Gesso Magazine and "ethereal" by Grateful Web.…

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June 2023

Rupert Wates

June 10 @ 8:00 pm
$15 – $20

    Rupert Wates was born in London and studied at Oxford University. He has been a full time songwriter since the late 1990s, when he signed a publishing contract with Eaton Music Limited. In London he worked with some of the best performers in the city. Moving in 2001 to Paris, Wates formed his own quartet and began playing live regularly. In fall 2006 he came to the US. He is now based in New York City and Colorado.…

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October 2023

Buffalo Rose

October 7 @ 8:00 pm
$20 – $25

    Buffalo Rose is a wildly charismatic six-piece modern folk/Americana band from Pittsburgh that will change your entire perspective on acoustic music. They take the singer-songwriter tradition to a new level by crafting original songs which are emotive, meticulously arranged, and inspired by a world of idiosyncratic influences that never let a dull or predictable moment creep in. The band released their debut album, The Soil and the Seed, in 2018 and established themselves as a vocal, instrumental, and…

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