Free concerts at the library? Why not! 2023 kicks off the St. Louis Public Library’s 16th free concert series season!
Join us for one or all of these events and tell your friends. Concerts are held in the auditorium at Central Library, 1301 Olive Street, except during the summer months when the concert series travels to other locations for outdoor performances.
February 16 – Marty D. Spikener’s On Call Band (Blues)
Marty D. Spikener has been in the blues music scene longer than Sweetie Pie’s has been making mac-n-cheese. Along with Marty D. Spikener, a veteran group of players makes up the On Call Band who play on the regular at BB’s, the Blues Museum and other blues joints in the area.
March 16 – “JUST US” A/K/A “OLD SCHOOL TRIO” BAND (Soul/R&B)
One of the best things about when you come to see a concert at the library is that you just might see your friends from the neighborhood on our stage making their dreams come true. Just Us features locals Rosetta Blaine, Courtland Akers, Shelby Harris and James D. Smith.
April 20 — Katarra Parson (Soul, R&B, Jazz and Hip-Hop)
This St. Louis native, singer-songwriter, musician and producer brings a variety of talents and styles to the table, pulling audiences into her impassioned performances with nuanced vocals and silky keys mixing and blending Soul, R&B, Jazz and Hip-Hop.
May 18 – Everett Dean Remembering The King: A Tribute To Elvis Presley" starring Everett Dean & the Lonesome Hearts (Rock ‘n Roll)
One word – E L V I S! Everett Dean started his music career by winning his first music contest at the age of 12. Since then, he has perfected his electrifying style of music. He and his backing group, The Lonesome Hearts, are one of the nation’s hottest bands.
***LIVE ON THE ROAD *** OUTDOOR CONCERTS
June 15 – Joe Dirt and The Dirty Boys (Classic Rock)--Buder, 4401 Hampton Ave.
Joe Dirt and the Dirty Boys are comprised of former members of the Urge and Stir and current members of El Monstero and Celebration Day. Joe Dirt and the Dirty Boys wields a set list that includes 70’s and 80’s Classic Rock with a few songs from the 60’s thrown into the mix.
July 20 – Bad Habit (Pop & Rock)--Central, 1301 Olive St.
Bad Habit has made a reputation for being one of the most versatile, enjoyable and high-energy acts in all of the Midwest showcasing music by the brightest stars in Pop and Rock music, including Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, P!NK, Alanis Morrissette, Katy Perry, Madonna and so many more!
August 17 – The Melvin Turnage Band (R&B & Jazz)--Julia Davis, 4415 Natural Bridge Ave.
The Melvin Turnage Band specializes in classic R&B and Jazz, of the last 50 years. Turnage is a music arranger, composer and bandleader. His versatility allows him to perform with a small group or his concert band.
September 21 – Sometimes a Fantasy: A Tribute to Billy Joel (Rock ‘N Roll)--Carpenter, 3309 South Grand Blvd.
Sometimes a Fantasy: A Tribute to Billy Joel offers a truly intelligent and theatrical production. Billy Walkenhorst's nuanced performance and uncanny vocals are remarkably reminiscent of the Piano Man himself.
October 19 – Brother Lee and the Leather Jackets (Rock ‘n Roll)
“Brother Lee and the Leather Jackals is an outfit of miscreants and mischievous ne'er-do-wells hailing from St. Louis, MO. They have the “classic drive of Black Sabbath, the swirly headphone-candy bridges of Pink Floyd, and the modern attitude of Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats.”—Gaslight Records, 2018.
November 16- Zeus Rebel Waters (Hip-Hop)
This St. Louis native brings a distinct sound and style to hip hop known simply as Gumbo - a gritty blend of all genres mixed with melodic cadence and eclectic rhymes. The indie rapper brings raw energy to the stage and unleashes it to all his fellow, "Rebels" making his live show an experience of high-intensity and positive vibes.
December 14* – Gene Jackson: A Tribute to Stax Records (Soul/Blues)
If you love the Soul music of the ‘60s and amazing R&B or if you are just a fan of the funkiest music filled to the brim with that Motown sound and backed by that out-of-sight feel, you absolutely cannot miss this show! “Gene Jackson remains one of the city’s finest singers.
The Not So Quiet! concert series is supported by In Depth with Graham Bensinger and St. Louis Public Library Foundation.