Old Rock House hosts local music to support local food
Open mics are a dime a dozen. A comprehensive calendar of events in St. Louis is likely to be bloated by weekly open mics at any bar that frequently has live music -- not that this is a bad thing. But open mics are typically for this city's amateur blues harpists, jam banders and funny guys. The folks at the Tavern of Fine Arts have a new idea: Open mic, or "open stage," for classical musicians to strut their stuff.
The Tavern of Fine Arts holds an uncontested niche in St. Louis, as the only fine-arts focused drinking establishment in the area. Yes, plenty of museums and galleries serve the occasional beer, and plenty of bars show art, both fine and rough, and cultivate music scenes. But the Tavern is both a full-fledged centre for the fine arts -- no '80s cover bands here -- and full-fledged bar. So, obviously, an "open-stage" is just its sort of thing.
How will the necessary structure of classical music lend itself to the sometimes impromptu play that erupts at open mics? Hopefully, with elegance.
Also this weekend, Off Broadway hosts a four-day music festival, a tribute to Whitney Houston takes place on the Alton riverfront and the Old Rock House holds a benefit for local farm and education center EarthDance farms.
Classical Music Open Stage
Where: Tavern of Fine Arts, 313 Belt Ave., St. Louis
When: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13
How much: Free
Open Highway Music Festival
Where: Off Broadway, 3511 Lemp Avenue, St. Louis
When: 8 p.m. Thursday - Saturday, August 9 - 11; Noon Sunday, August 12
How much: $18 a day, $40 for four day pass
A Tribute to Whitney Houston
Where: Alton Riverfront Amphitheater, Alton
When: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11
How much: Free
Farms Rock, a benefit concert for EarthDance Farms
Where: Old Rock House, 1200 S. 7th Street, St. Louis
When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11
How much: $10