Twangfest 16 brings Americana acts with dusty sounds
Harmonicas and guitars, boots and denim, beer and whiskey -- all the makings of proper American music -- will be readily available at the Schlafly Tap Room and Blueberry Hill Duck Room this week.
The 16th Twangfest, presented by local radio station 88.1 KDHX, is an annual concert series turned nonprofit that serves to "preserve and promote the unique tradition and culture of Americana music," according to the organizations website. How do they preserve and promote said tradition and culture? By bringing in a more than a dozen musical acts, of course.
The bands and musicians hail from across the Midwest, with largely local (Pokey Lafarge and the South City Three) and semi-local (Springfield based Ha Ha Tonka) acts filling the ballot. Each of the festival's four nights will include three or four acts, playing the Tap Room Wednesday night and Blueberry Hill Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Tickets are available through Twangfest's website or in person at Blueberry Hill. And for a sneak peek of Kelly Hogan's act, who will perform Thursday night, see the video above.
Also coming up, vocalist Erin Bode will play Jazz at the Bistro, Lola hosts a rootsy, bluesy brunch and the Tower Grove Farmers' Market replaces the canned soundtracks of supermarkets with live music as local as its produce.
Where: Schlafly Tap Room and Blueberry Hill Duck Room
When: 8 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday, June 6 - 9
How much: $15 Wednesday and Thursday, $20 Friday and Saturday
Kevin Grodon/Brothers Lazarof brunch concert
Where: Lola, 500 N. 14th St., St. Louis
When: 11 a.m. Sunday, June 10
How much: Free
Where: Jazz at the Bistro, 3536 Washington Blvd., St. Louis
When: 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9
How much: $20 general, $15 students
Harvest Sessions: Jon Bonham and Tommy Halloran
Where: Tower Grove Farmers' Market, West Pool Pavilion, Tower Grove Park, St. Louis
When: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 9
How much: Free