The Yonder Calendar is your guide to bluegrass and old-time music in the St. Louis area. Listen to Down Yonder every Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. on KDHX 88.1 FM, streaming live at www.kdhx.org.

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CONCERT EVENTS, CLUB SHOWS, AND FESTIVALS


APRIL
Sun 4.21 ~ Campeau Creek plays for the Childgrove contra dance at the Monday Club, 37 South Maple, Webster Groves MO, 7-9:30 pm
Tue 4.23 ~ Sarah Jarosz at The Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington, St. Louis, 8 pm
Thu-Sun 4.25-28 ~ MerleFest: The Doc and Merle Watson Memorial Festival (see lineup), Wilkes-Barre NC
Thu 4.25 ~ Ken Gentry and Friends at Pop's Blue Moon, 5249 Pattison on The Hill, St. Louis, 7-10 pm. Friends include members of Elk Range, the Sawmill Band, and the Cheap Date Knights
Sat 4.27 ~ The Larry Light Memorial Music Festival and Dinner at the Eagles Hall, a scholarship fundraiser for young musicians, 1000 Acid Mine Road, Sullivan MO, featuring As The Crowe Flies, James Grus, Oak Hill String Band, Steven Wooley, and Alex Riffle & The Stiff Riffs. Doors: 1 pm. Music: 2 pm. Dinner: 5 pm.
Sat 4.27 ~ Leftover Salmon at The Wildwood Springs Lodge, Steelville MO. Dinner: 6 pm. Show: After dinner.
Sat 4.27 ~ The second annual George Portz Memorial Fiddle Contest and Bluegrass Show featuring the Friends of Bluegrass, and the Thunder & Lightning Cloggers, at Klucker Hall,  14 Park Drive, Shiloh IL. Registration: 5 pm. Contest: 6 pm
Sat 4.27 ~ 3rd annual Jam For The Arts, a benefit for the Andy Rice Trade Scholarsip, at the Sheldon Ballroom, 3648 Washington, St. Louis, featuring The Dog Walkers, Elk Range & Friends, Sawmill Band reunion, and the Soulard Blues Band. Doors: 5:30 pm. Music: 6:30 pm 
Sun 4.28 ~ Donneresa host Jerry Jam, a jam session focused on songs of Jerry Garcia, the Grateful Dead, and Old & In The Way, at The Lodge behind Lovejoy's in Alton IL, 2-5 pm
Sun 4.28 ~ Three Crooked Men play for the Childgrove contra dance at the Monday Club, 37 South Maple, Webster Groves MO, 7-9:30
Tues 4.30 ~ The Bluegrass Barrage at Pop's Blue Moon, 5249 Pattison on The Hill, St. Louis, 8 pm. The Barrage includes Sam Avery, Sam Aubuchon, Tait Kelly, Leah Osborne, Chad White, and possibly others.


MAY
5.2-27 ~ Bluegrass & BBQ Festival at Silver Dollar City outside Branson MO features bluegrass acts throughout the month (full schedule), including IIIrd Tyme Out (5.2-3), Rhonda Vincent & The Rage (5.11-13), Authentic Unlimted, The Po' Ramblin' Boys, and The Price Sisters (5.16-17), Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper (5.23-24), Special Consensus (5,26-27) and a bunch more.
Sat 5.4 ~ Special gala fund raiser event for the Focal Point, 2720 Sutton, Maplewood MO. Barnum Jack and others perform.
Sun 5.5 ~ Blind Pig plays for the Childgrove contra dance at the Monday Club, 37 South Maple, Webster Groves MO, 7-9:30 pm
Wed 5.8 ~ Dan Eubanks and friends at Pop's Blue Moon, 5249 Pattison on The Hill. St. Louis, 7-10 pm
Fri-Sat 5.10-11 ~ The Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass Festival at the historic Chautaqua at Forest Park, Shelbyville IL, featuring Blue Highway, David Davis & The Warrior River Boys, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, The Kody Norris Show, Kings Highway, and Mackville. Indoors, rain or shine.
Fri-Sat 5.10-11 ~ Yonder Mountain String Band at The Old Rock House, 1200 South 7th, St. Louis, 8 pm. 5.10 One Way Traffic opens.
Sun 5.12 ~ Mound City Slickers play for the Childgrove contra dance at the Monday Club, 37 South Maple, Webster Groves MO, 7-9:30 pm
Fri 5.17 ~ Graham Curry & The Missouri Fury at The Frisco Barroom, 8110 Big Bend, Webster Groves MO, 7:30-10 pm
Fri-Sat 5.17-18 ~ The FreshGrass Bluegrass and Progressive Roots Music Festival, Bentonvile AR, featuring Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Trampled by Turtles, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, Valerie June, Aoife O’Donovan, Alison Brown, Ruthie Foster, S. G. Goodman, Arkansauce, Meridian Brothers, The Harlem Gospel Travelers, The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, Mr. Sun, JD Clayton, Peter One, Aurelio Martinez, and Eric Mingus
Sat 5.18 ~ Thayne Bradford & John Higgins at the Focal Point, 2720 Sutton, Maplewood MO, 8 pm. Homegrown Missouri goodness.
Sat 5.25 ~ The Whitewater Bluegrass Band performs at Sam A. Baker State Park, southwest of Fredericktown MO, 7 pm
Sat 5.25 ~ As The Crowe Flies at the Frisco Barroom, 8110 Big Bend, Webster Groves MO, 7:30-10 pm
Sun 5.26 ~ The SteelDrivers at The Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington, St. Louis, 7 pm
Thu-Sun 5.30-6.2 ~ The Back Forty Bluegrass Festival at the Back Forty Bluegrass Park, Curryville MO, featuring Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Authentic Unlimited, Volume 5, The Punches, Lori King & Junction 63, Missouri River Band, Harman & Ruble Band, River Valley Grass, and Darrell Turnbull & Clay Hess. plus Bluegrass Karaoke and Stump the Band on Thursday evening and Open Stage on Friday and Saturday.
Fri-Sat 5.31-6.1 ~ Robbie Fulks, Special Consensus, Henhouse Prowlers, The Tillers, and the John Hartford Fiddle Tunes Project headline the Folky Fish Fest at Maramec Springs Park off State Highway 8 south of St. James MO. Also featuring Wheelhouse Rousters, Jalan Crossland, Matt Schmidt, The Debutants, The Matchsellers, Alex Riffle & The Stiff Riffs, The Creek Rocks, Konza Swamp Band, Soltre', Betse & Clarke, Jeff Daugherty, Lukas Simpsons, and Sammy Dobkins


JUNE
Sat-Sun 6.1-2 ~ The Back Alley Grass Festival at the Vintage Wine Bar, 212 South Main, Waterloo IL. Featuring Clusterpluck, One Way Traffic, Pickin' Buds, Hilary Fitz Stringband, Front Porch, Silver Creek Bluegrass, Alex Riffle & The Stiff Riffs, Moon Valley and  Mace Hathaway.
Sat 6.8 ~ SOLD OUT: Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway at the Old Rock House, 1200 South 7th Street, St. Louis. Doors: 7 pm. Show: 8 pm
Sat 6.8 ~ Barnum Jack plays the Pickin' On Pickinic Kickoff Party at Point Labbadie Brewing, Labadie MO
Wed 6.12 ~ Dan Eubanks and friends at Pop's Blue Moon, 5249 Pattison on The Hill, St. Louis, 7-10 pm
Fri 6.14 ~ Graham Curry & The Missouri Fury at The Frisco Barroom, 8110 Big Bend, Webster Groves MO, 7:30-10 pm
Sat 6.15 ~ Bob Carlin at The Focal Point, 2720 Sutton, Maplewood MO, 8 pm
Sat 6.22 ~ RiverBend performs at the Labadie Concert Series, Labadie MO
Thu-Sun 6.20-23 ~ The Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Telluride CO
Wed-Sat 6.26-29 ~ The ROMP Festival, Yellow Creek Park, Owensboro KY, featuring Dierks Bentley, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, Leftover Salmon, The Travelin' McCourys, The Earls of Leicester, Jerry Douglas, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, The Po' Ramblin' Boys, East Nash Grass, Rick Faris, and others


JULY
Sat 7.6 ~ Three Crooked Men at The Stagger Inn Again, Edwardsville IL, 5-8 pm
Sat 7.6 ~ The Wayward Mountaineers -- New Album Release Show! -- at the Focal Point, 2720 Sutton, Maplewood MO, 8 pm
Wed-Sat 7.10-13 ~Starvy Creek Summer Festival, Starvy Creek Campground, 1933 Bluegrass Road, Conway MO
Thu-Sun 7.11-14 ~ Pickin' on Picknic at The Lost Hills Lake Resort, St. Clair MO, featuring The Sam Bush Band, The Mighty Pines, The Cleverlys, Sicard Hollow, Allie Kral, Fireside Collective, ShadowGrass, The Mountain Grass Unit, and many more.
Fri 7.12 ~ Joel Ferber, Graham Curry & Friends at The Frisco Barroom, 8110 Big Bend, Webster Groves MO, 7:30-10 pm
Fri 7.12 ~Special Consensus at the Focal Point, 2720 Sutton, Maplewood MO, 8 pm
Fri 7.12 ~ The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's "All The Good Times" Farewell Tour at the MU Health Care Capital Region Amphitheater, Jefferson City MO, 7:30 pm
Sat 7.13 ~ The Seldom Scene play a Customer Appreciation Event hosted by The Wildwood Springs Lodge, Steelville MO. Event is free, but registration is required. 573.775.2400 [Details]
Fri-Sun 7.26-28 ~ Rockygrass, Planet Bluegrass Ranch, Lyons CO


Sat 7.27 ~ Silver Creek Bluegrass at The Frisco Barroom, 8110 Big Bend, Webster Groves MO, 7:30-10 pm


AUGUST
Thu-Sun 8.8-13 ~ The Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival at the El Rancho Manana Campground, Richmond MN, featuring Ron Block's Bluegrass All-Stars, the Dave Adkins Band, David Peterson & 1946, Amanda Cook Band, The Waddington Brothers, Purple Hulls, The Baker Family, the Earl White Stringband, and others

Fri 8.30 ~ As The Crowe Flies at The Frisco Barroom, 8110 Big Bend, Webster Groves MO, 7:30-10 pm
Fri 8.31 ~ Graham Curry & The Missouri Fury at The Frisco Barroom, 8110 Big Bend, Webster Groves MO, 7:30-10 pm


SEPTEMBER
Sun 9.1 ~ The Blue Canyon Boys at Labadie Station, Labadie MO. Gates 6 pm. Music 7 pm
Thu-Sat 9.19-21 ~Starvy Creek Fall Festival, Starvy Creek Campground, 1933 Bluegrass Road, Conway MO, 615.516.4380
Sat 9.28 ~ Joel Ferber, Vince Corkery, and Gary Hunt at The Frisco Barroom, 8110 Big Bend, Webster Groves MO, 7:30-10 pm


JAM SESSIONS
If you know of a regularly scheduled jam session that is taking place, let me know. I'll add it to the calendar: email downyonder@kdhx.org


  • Saturdays 3-6 pm ~ Bluegrass jam at The Berger Jam Hut on Highway 100, three miles east of Hermann MO. Hosted by The Rowdy Wranglers. For information, call Louis Klingert at 314.520.5859

  • Sundays 1 pm ~ Salem UMC Church Fellowship Hall, 14825 Manchester Road, Ballwin MO. Hosted by The Rowdy Wranglers. For information, call Louis Klingert at 314.520.5859
  • 1st Sunday of each month ~ Open bluegrass jam hosted by Tait Kelly & Pickin' Buds at The Lodge at Lovejoy, Alton IL, 2-5 pm
  • Monday nights ~ Wolf Creek leads the Keep It Grassy jam at Pop's Blue Moon, 5249 Pattison on The Hill, St. Louis, 7 pm
  • 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month ~ Bluegrass jam at the Civil Life Brewing Co., 3714 Holt, St. Louis, 7-10 pm. Outside, weather permitting. For more information, email helendc@gmail.com.
  • 2nd Wednesday of the month, March 13th to July 10th ~ Dan Eubanks and Friends at Pop's Blue Moon, 5249 Pattison on The Hill, 7-10 pm
  • Last Thursday of each month ~ Bluegrass jam at the Vintage Wine Bar, Waterloo IL, 6:30 pm




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