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The Yellow-Bellied Sap Suckers
Focal Point Traditional Arts Center
St Louis, MO
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Outdoor Concert Series: We do not believe it is safe at this time to present concerts indoors in our friendly confines but now that the summer heat is diminishing, we have planned a wonderful series of small, outdoor concerts.  We are taking special precautions to inhibit the spread of Covid-19 in accordance with the procedures recommended by the St. Louis County Department of Public Health.  Here I how things will work: -The concerts will be held on the parking lot at the rear of Focal Point.  Access will be via the alley off of Marietta Ave., across from the Side Project Cellar. -Tickets will be available ONLY in advance via Brown Paper Tickets (links to which are included below with the concert descriptions).  No tickets will be sold at the door.  Because the county limits gatherings to 50, only 40 tickets can be sold.  All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the musicians. -Bring your own chairs, like you would for a concert in the park. -Individuals and groups will set up their chairs at the direction of our volunteer ushers, who will assure that proper distancing is maintained.  If you come with others and want to be seated as a group, you MUST purchase tickets under one name.  Members of a group may set up their chairs in close proximity to others in the group, but the ushers will assure that a distance of 6 ft is maintained between your group and other groups or individuals. -Masks must be worn when not seated. -The Maya CafĂ© will not be open.  Please feel free to bring your own beverages and snacks. -Concerts will last approximately 90 minutes.  There will be no intermission. -There will be only limited restroom availability (so plan ahead ).  One unisex, handicap accessible restroom inside our building will be accessible via the rear door opening onto the deck behind the building.  Only one person may enter the building at a time. -For any questions please call the Focal Point: 314-328-4810 Different from the usual Focal Point Experience? Well yes, but youll still hear some great music!

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The Yellow-Bellied Sap Suckers
The Sapsuckers write and perform original country/Americana songs that blend humor, heartache, and honky-tonk.

With an eclectic style that ranges from hillbilly roots to Nashville pop, the songwriting team of Nikki Grossman and Joe Hart has developed a lively, contemporary take on country music. Their creative lyrics, catchy melodies, and clever stage show have earned them a growing fanbase in the Midwest and beyond.

In early 2020, Grossman (guitar, fiddle, vocals) and Hart (guitar, mandolin, vocals) relocated to St. Louis to form a new lineup as The Sapsuckers Band, featuring Ryan Koenig (mandolin, lap steel, accordion, and harp) and Joey Glynn (upright bass). Koenig and Glynn have performed together for years in a variety of bands, including the Rum Drum Ramblers and as Pokey La Farges South City Three. The new lineup is currently booking live shows in 2020 and beyond.

The couple (on stage and off) got their start together as an old-time fiddle band, performing for square and contra dances, with Grossman on fiddle and Hart on guitar. Both had performed in a variety of musical actsincluding prog rock, punk rock, and other old-time outfitsand an early connection was their interest in reproducing the close-harmony sounds of early country duos like the Blue Sky Boys and Callahan Brothers. Gifted writers and self-described country music dorks, they soon started writing and performing their own songs.

The duo has recorded three albums: Dont Think About Tomorrow Tonight (2018) was launched at an official SXSW showcase, where they earned a standing ovation, as well as numerous Midwest tour dates. The album was co-produced by John Wood (Richard and Linda Thompson, Cat Stevens, Incredible String Band). The Sapsuckers video for the song Fools Were Made to be Broken was premiered by Radio Heartland on Minnesota Public Radio, The Current. Ocooch Mountain Home, (2015), received high praise from the likes of fROOTS, Bluegrass Today, and Country Music People UK. Speaking of Music (2013) captures the old-timey roots of the band.

Grossman and Hart live with their blended family, dividing their time between a rural homestead in Southwestern Wisconsin, and the city of St. Louis. They tour frequently throughout the Midwest and beyond. They are a favorite headlining act at festivals including Mile of Music, Fox Valley Folk Festival, and the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Association. They are also frequent radio and television guests, with live appearances on Radio Heartland/The Current (Minneapolis), 30-Minute Music Hour (PBS-Madison), The Midnight Hour (Chicago), Simply Folk (Madison), and many others.

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Focal Point Traditional Arts Center (View)
2720 Sutton Blvd
St Louis, MO 63143
United States

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Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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