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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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October 2022

Songbird Cafe

October 26 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
$25

    Songbird Cafe is a St. Louis-based concert series with singer-songwriters performing their material in a stripped-down, intimate, in-the-round performance space, a format unique in St. Louis. This month features Phoebe Elliot, Kip Loui, Elliot Pearson and Gina Venier.

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Andy Cohen

October 28 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Focal Point, 2720 Sutton Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63143 United States
$15 – $20

    Andy Cohen grew up in a house with a piano and a lot of Dixieland Jazz records, amplified after a while by a cornet that his dad got him. At about fifteen, he got bitten by the Folk Music bug, and soon got to hear records by Big Bill Broonzy and the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, both of which reminded him of the music he grew up listening to. At sixteen, he saw Reverend Gary Davis, and his…

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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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Amy LaVere and Will Sexton

November 16 @ 7:00 pm
The Focal Point, 2720 Sutton Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63143 United States
$20 – $25

    Just when you think Amy LaVere is at the top of her craft, it grows into something even more powerful. Her songs are both original and timeless, making her well known among songwriters and critics alike. NPR’s Robert Siegel says she “specializes in lyrics that are more barbed than her sweet soprano prepares you for.” Amos Perinne of No Depression has written of Amy saying “Her songs have a level of detail comparable to a photo. LaVere has…

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Walter Parks with Swamp Cabbage

November 18 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Focal Point, 2720 Sutton Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63143 United States
$20 – $25

    Walter's a great guy. Talented too. His first appearance on the Focal Point stage was a long time in the making due in no small part to restrictions surrounding Covid, but when we finally did get something together, he DELIVERED big time! Walter is a sight and sound to be seen and listened to on his own but this time... he's got a band. Not just any band mind you but the band that he's been touring with…

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Dave Werner Celebration of Life

November 19 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Please join us at Focal Point on Saturday, November 19, from 1:00 till 4:00 to celebrate the life of David Thompson Werner, (AKA Big Dave, Daddoo, Jethro, #3, The Davis, Big Unc) 10/1/54-10/21/22. Former member of The Chimps, The Griner Brothers, and other ensembles. He was a regular performer at Focal Point since the 70s, an extraordinary, demanding singer, bassist, heartbreaking songwriter, sometimes gentle, often kind, unfailingly and uncompromisingly honest in all ways. All who remember and appreciated him are…

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Bob Bovee

November 19 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Focal Point, 2720 Sutton Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63143 United States
$15 – $20

    Focal Point Friends of Old-Time Music is glad to welcome back Bob Bovee. 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,…

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