Category: Music

JUST HATCHED: April Open Air Lineup

As the weather warms, these local musicians are warming up to perform under the tent outside The Grandel. Find limited tickets and more information about these socially-distanced live music experiences on MetroTix.

 

4/2: Lady J Huston Show

4/3: Eldraco + FreeNation

4/4: Wil Robinson

4/9: Gene Jackson

4/10: Cheri Evans

4/11: The Trophy Mules

4/16: Drangus

4/17: Jazz Fund Fest

4/18: Solid Ghost feat. Matt Sewell

4/24: Stan Coleman Quintet 

4/25: Western States

4/30: Beth Bombara

5/1: Pete Ruthenberg Band

5/2: Hillary Fitz Trio

 

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March Open Air lineup now on sale

March 5: Montez Coleman Trio ft. Brian Owens ($20) 

March 6: Brother Francis & the Soultones

March 7: Richie Kihlken Band 

March 12: Mosaic Jazz Sextet 

March 13: The Matching Shoe ($20)

March 14: Rhoda G 

March 19: Joe Mancuso

March 20: Tre G “Live”

March 21: The Burney Sisters

March 26: Erika Johnson

March 27: LéPonds 

March 28: Brunch & Beats w/ Biko

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Tickets are $10-$20 and are available on MetroTix. In addition to each ticket, a $30 food/beverage minimum is required per guest on Friday and Saturday evenings. Sunday brunch requires a $15 food/beverage minimum for every guest in advance of the show. All food must be ordered in advance. After purchasing your ticket, you’ll be sent an online order form where you will be able to pre-order your food and drinks. Additional beverages will be available for purchase day of the event. 

To ensure guest and staff safety, reservations are required for limited seating. To maintain appropriate physical distance, parties are limited to 6 guests per table. All guests are required to follow Kranzberg Arts Foundation’s COVID-19 mitigation policies including wearing face masks at all times, even while seated at their reserved tables unless eating or drinking. See full mitigation policies here: https://www.kranzbergartsfoundation.org/covid-19/open-air-mitigation-policies/

If you have any questions, please email [email protected] or call (314) 776-9550.

Open Air is presented in partnership with Jazz St. Louis, WSIE 88.7 FM The Sound, The Dark Room

February Open Air Lineup

NOW ON SALE: Open Air continues through February with a lineup you don’t want to miss. Catch all these physically-distanced live music events under the heated, well-ventilated tent outside The Grandel.

2/5: Kenny DeShields
2/6: Joe Metzka Band
2/7: The Trophy Mules
2/12: Gene Jackson
2/13: The Scandaleros
2/14: Cheri Evans
2/19: Mark Harris II
2/20: Frankie DoWop
2/21: Old Salt Union Trio ($15)
2/26: Ryan Marquez & The People’s Key
2/27: Javier Mendoza aka Hobo Cane
2/28: Miss Jubilee & The Yas Yas Boys

Tickets start at $10 and are available on MetroTix. In addition to the ticket, a food/beverage minimum purchase of $30 is required. All food must be ordered in advance. After purchasing your ticket, you’ll be sent an online order form where you will be able to pre-order your food and drinks. Additional beverages will be available for purchase day of the event. 

To ensure guest and staff safety, reservations are required for limited seating. To maintain appropriate physical distance, parties are limited to 6 guests per table. All guests are required to follow Kranzberg Arts Foundation’s COVID-19 mitigation policies including wearing face masks at all times, even while seated at their reserved tables unless eating or drinking. See full mitigation policies here: https://www.kranzbergartsfoundation.org/covid-19/open-air-mitigation-policies/

If you have any questions, please email [email protected] or call (314) 776-9550.

Open Air is presented in partnership with Jazz St. Louis, WSIE 88.7 FM The Sound, The Dark Room

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January Open Air Lineup

Celebrate live arts and culture safely at Open Air, a concert series presented by Kranzberg Arts Foundation featuring St. Louis’ finest musicians. Hundreds have enjoyed the comforts of our safe live music experience since August — physically-distanced, of course. Indulge and imbibe from our rotating menu of seasonal food and drinks while the musicians light up the stage under the heated and well-ventilated tent outside The Grandel. Our lineup features sounds of jazz, blues, rock, and soul on Friday and Saturday evenings, as well as Sundays for brunch.

Tickets are $10 and are available on MetroTix. In addition to the ticket, a food/beverage minimum purchase of $30 is required. All food must be ordered in advance. After purchasing your ticket, you’ll be sent an online order form where you will be able to pre-order your food and drinks. Additional beverages will be available for purchase day of the event. 

To ensure guest and staff safety, reservations are required for limited seating. To maintain appropriate physical distance, parties are limited to 6 guests per table. All guests are required to follow Kranzberg Arts Foundation’s COVID-19 mitigation policies including wearing face masks at all times, even while seated at their reserved tables unless eating or drinking. Click here to see full mitigation policies.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

Open Air is presented in partnership with Jazz St. Louis, WSIE 88.7 FM The Sound, The Dark Room

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

Artist Lineup:

1/3: Funky Butt Brass Band, featuring brunch by MayoKetchup

1/8: Katarra, featuring cuisine from Chef Joelle Fouse of Elle 7 Catering

1/9: ROBERTNELSON, featuring cuisine from Chef Joelle Fouse of Elle 7 Catering

1/10: Internote, featuring brunch by MayoKetchup

1/15: Steve Ewing Band, featuring cuisine from Chef Tony Stone

1/16: Kaleb Kirby Quintet, featuring cuisine from Chef Tony Stone

1/17: Cree Rider w/ Band, featuring brunch by MayoKetchup

1/22: Theresa Payne, featuring cuisine from Chef Tony Stone

1/23: Scooter Brown, featuring cuisine from Chef Tony Stone

1/24: Rhoda G, featuring brunch by MayoKetchup *POSTPONED UNTIL 3/14*

1/29: LoopRat, featuring cuisine from Chef Damian Gonzales

1/30: Little Dylan, featuring cuisine from Chef Damian Gonzales

1/31: Sarah Jane & The Blue Notes, featuring brunch by MayoKetchup

December Open Air Lineup

Celebrate live arts and culture safely at Open Air, a concert series presented by Kranzberg Arts Foundation featuring St. Louis’ finest musicians. Hundreds have enjoyed the comforts of our safe live music experience since August — physically-distanced, of course. Indulge and imbibe from our rotating menu of seasonal food and drinks while the musicians light up the stage under the heated and well-ventilated tent outside The Grandel. Our lineup features sounds of jazz, blues, rock, and soul on Friday and Saturday evenings, as well as Sundays for brunch. The featured food vendor for December is Elle 7 Catering.

Tickets are $10-$20 and are on sale through MetroTix. In addition to the ticket, a food/beverage purchase is required. All food must be ordered in advance. After purchasing your ticket, you’ll be sent an online order form where you will be able to pre-order your food and drinks. Additional beverages will be available for purchase day of the event. 

To ensure guest and staff safety, reservations are required for limited seating. Friday and Saturday reservations are for 6 PM or 8:30 PM. Sunday brunch is at 11 AM or 1 PM. To maintain appropriate physical distance, parties are limited to 6 guests per table. All guests are required to follow Kranzberg Arts Foundation’s COVID-19 mitigation policies including wearing face masks at all times, even while seated at their reserved tables unless eating or drinking. Click here to see full mitigation policies.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected] or call (314) 776-9550.

Open Air is presented in partnership with Jazz St. Louis, WSIE 88.7 FM The Sound, The Dark Room

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS.

Artist Lineup:

12/4: Open Air: Naked Rock Fight

12/5: Open Air: Jahmal Nichols

12/6: Open Air: Janet Evra w/ Kendrick Smith

12/11: Open Air: Be.Be & The NeoSouls

12/12: Open Air: iLLPHONiCS

12/13: Open Air: ClusterPluck

12/18: Open Air: The Bosman Twins ($20)

12/19: Open Air: Sample Kulture

12/20: Open Air: The Bottlesnakes

NOW ON SALE: November Open Air Lineup

Celebrate live arts and culture safely at Open Air, a concert series presented by Kranzberg Arts Foundation featuring St. Louis’ finest musicians. Hundreds have enjoyed the comforts of our safe live music experience since August — physically-distanced, of course. Indulge and imbibe from our rotating menu of fall flavors while the musicians light up the stage under the heated and well-ventilated tent outside The Grandel. Our November lineup features sounds of jazz, blues, rock, and soul on Friday and Saturday evenings, as well as Sundays for brunch.

Tickets are $10 and available through MetroTix Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 10 AM. In addition to the ticket, a food/beverage purchase is required. All food must be ordered in advance. After purchasing your ticket, you’ll be sent an online order form where you will be able to pre-order your food and drinks. Additional beverages will be available for purchase day of the event. 

To ensure guest and staff safety, reservations are required for limited seating. Friday and Saturday reservations are for 6 PM or 8:30 PM. Sunday brunch is at 11 AM or 1 PM. To maintain appropriate physical distance, parties are limited to 6 guests per table. All guests are required to follow Kranzberg Arts Foundation’s COVID-19 mitigation policies including wearing face masks at all times, even while seated at their reserved tables unless eating or drinking. See full mitigation policies here: https://www.kranzbergartsfoundation.org/covid-19/open-air-mitigation-policies/

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

Open Air is presented in partnership with Jazz St. Louis, WSIE 88.7 FM The Sound, The Dark Room

Artist Lineup:

Blue Sky Brunch

Rise and shine for Blue Sky Brunch. Sip mimosas and delight in live performances from St. Louis’ best Americana and bluegrass musicians. Join us Sundays in October outside The Grandel in Grand Center Arts District. Presented by Kranzberg Arts Foundation and Open Highway Music Festival.

10/4: One Way Traffic
10/11: Gerard Erker & Neil Sasich of The Mighty Pines
10/18: John Henry
10/25: Beth Bombara

Tickets are available starting Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 10 AM through MetroTix for $10. In addition to the ticket, there’s a $15 food & beverage minimum per guest. After purchasing your ticket, you’ll be sent an online order form where you can pre-order your food and drinks. All food must be ordered in advance. Additional beverages will be available for purchase day of the event.

To ensure guest and staff safety, limited, physically-distant seating is available by reservation only for 11 am or 1 pm. To maintain appropriate physical distance, parties are limited to 6 guests per table. All guests are required to follow COVID-19 mitigation policies including wearing face masks at all times except when eating.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

To reserve your seats, click here.

Brady Lewis Quartet performs at Open Air, Aug. 8, 2020 outside the Grandel in Grand Center

Open Air

Friday and Saturday nights through October

Enjoy the freshest sounds in St. Louis at Open Air, a concert series presented by Kranzberg Arts Foundation and Jazz St. Louis. Featuring St. Louis’s finest, this tented, dinner experience takes place outside The Grandel in Grand Center Arts District, on Friday and Saturday nights through October.

Tickets are available through MetroTix. In addition to the $10 ticket, there’s a $30 food & beverage minimum per guest. After purchasing your ticket, you’ll be sent an online order form where you will be able to pre-order your food and drinks. All food must be ordered in advance. Additional beverages will be available for purchase day of the event. Click here to view available tickets.

To ensure guest and staff safety, limited, physically-distant seating is available by reservation only for 5:30 pm or 8 pm. To maintain appropriate physical distance, parties are limited to 6 guests per table. All guests are required to follow COVID-19 mitigation policies including wearing face masks at all times except when seated at their reserved tables.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

Get out and enjoy Open Air.

Artist Lineup (More TBA)

march, 2021

05mar6:00 pmFeaturedOpen Air: Montez Coleman Trio ft. Brian OwensReservations Required6:00 pm CST RSVP

06mar6:00 pmFeaturedOpen Air: Brother Francis & the SoultonesReservations Required6:00 pm CST RSVP

07mar11:00 amFeaturedOpen Air: Richie Kihlken BandReservations Required11:00 am CST RSVP

12mar6:00 pmFeaturedOpen Air: Mosaic Jazz SextetReservations Required6:00 pm CST RSVP

 

BLStet – 1/3/19

Performance Date: 1/3/19

Artist: BLStet

Song(s): “Detitled”, “Green Finch”“Milestones”

Full lineup:

  • Brady Lewis – Trumpet
  • Kendrick Smith – Alto Saxophone
  • Jawwad Spann – Tenor Saxophone
  • Jesse Gannon – Piano
  • Bernard Terry – Bass
  • Dhoruba Shakur – Drums

Trumpeter Brady Lewis made his debut at the Dark Room with a band that featured some of the heavier hitters on the local jazz scene. I’ve personally witnessed each and every one of these players destroy the stages they play on!

It’s always fun to hear a new band perform at the Dark Room, because I don’t know what I’m going to hear. I never know if I’ll hear all jazz standards, original songs, or a combination of both. It’s impressive when a set of mostly originals keeps an audience’s undivided attention. Such was the case when Brady Lewis’s band played at the Dark Room early this year.

Lewis’s compositions showcase both an excitement and a sophistication. Almost none of the songs feature the straight-ahead, swing-style rhythm that we’re used to hearing in jazz, yet all of the songs have an indescribably familiar quality. Maybe it’s simply that the playing is so strong; there’s no weak link in this lineup.

This performance is pretty much gold throughout, but here’s a couple of my favorite moments:

Watch the whole performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LxiA9Pzk-k

Anita Jackson – 3/8/19

Performance Date: 3/8/19

Artist: Anita Jackson

Song(s): “Brick House”, “Proud Mary”, “At Last”

Full lineup:

  • Joshua Krump – drums
  • Teddy Brookins – bass
  • Darius Savage – piano
  • Anita Jackson – vocals

Whenever Anita Jackson takes the stage, there are bound to be some surprises…

Her Dark Room performances tend to bring in some of St. Louis’s most storied soul singers, as well as some of the city’s most highly-respected jazz musicians. It can turn into a literal game of musical chairs!

It’s not only an interactive experience between the musicians though. The crowd gets to make their mark on a performance as well, by making song requests and dancing, sometimes with Ms. Jackson herself! Her band is adept at fielding requests, though they joke from the stage that they’ll “butcher them all.”

Though the band plays wonderful renditions of R&B classics like Deniece Williams’s “Free” and Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin’ On” in the first set, it was the second set on this particular evening that had the crowd going. The ultra-high-energy mood that you’ll see here really sums up what an Anita Jackson show is all about: having a good time. Sometimes we can be too serious with our music preferences or hold unnecessary ideals about what is art. I say, look no further than the Dark Room stage while Anita Jackson stands on it. None of those high-minded conversations matter, when all we really want to do in this life is have a good time…

The second set contains an all-out extravaganza of funk. First, Jackson invites Silky Sol to the stage to sing A Taste of Honey’s “Boogie Oogie Oogie”, complete with an amazing bass solo by Teddy Brookins. He catches so much fire that Jackson ends up fanning him off!

Then, in honor of International Women’s Day, Jackson starts off the Commodores’ classic “Brick House” by singing the bass line. She then proceeds to sing the song from a different perspective: the woman’s perspective. It’s really a must-watch moment, with Brookins continuing to reach deep down into the funk, with percussive slap bass perfection.

Next, she invites Chuck Flowers up to sing a request, Bobby’s Womack’s “You’re Welcome, Stop On By”.

The crowd is riled up by this point, but soon they really get rollin’ during the American classic, “Proud Mary”. When the band transitions to the famous fast section of the song, the crowd loses their collective minds!

Watch the full performance here: https://youtu.be/85k3CY6LFJ0