Banjo-pickin' goodness arrives downtown
Forty-plus years of tours, tribute songs to all the guitar pickin' "Nashville Cats," and a mix of American country and Scotch-Irish folk music -- such is the life of the Del McCoury Band, one of the country's best respected, if not best known, bluegrass outfits.
With roots in the late 19th century, Bluegrass developed as the influences of British and Irish immigrants permeated through rural Appalachia. A new folk tradition was born, with string instruments taking the lead in multi-instrument bands. Later, bluegrass would borrow heavily from jazz. To this day, many bluegrass songs are directly imported Scottish, Irish and English ballads.
The Del McCoury Band, led by the 73-year-old guitarist and vocalist Del McCoury, will headline Del Yeah, at the Old Rock House in a one-day lineup of bluegrass bands from across the region. The daytime shows begin at 5, and include Emmitt-Nershi Band, Mountain Sprout, Cumberland Gap, Elemental Shakedown, finishing with Del McCoury and his band.
Then, beginning at 10 p.m., the Hatrick and Infamous Stringdusters will play until 2:30 a.m.
Also this weekend, , the blues take up residence on Laclede's Landing and electronic musician Dan Deacon and a Bobby Darin tribute make music--separately, of course.
Del Yeah: A One Day Bluegrass Festival
Where: Old Rock House, 1200 S. 7th St., St. Louis
When: 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept 1
How much: $22 in advance, $25 day of ($30 combo ticket with late night show)
Big Muddy Blues Festival
Where: Laclede's Landing, Just north of the Gateway Arch, St. Louis
When: 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1-2
How much: $10 - $85 a day
Where: Firebird, 2706 Olive St., St. Louis
When: 9 p.m. Sunday, September 2
How much: $12
Dream Lover - A salute to Bobby Darin
Where: Foundry Art Centre, 520 N. Main Center, St. Charles
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31
How much: $20