Another of the early St. Louis bluesmen whose lives are largely unknowable, Sylvester Palmer was nonetheless a very well-regarded piano player.
Diarrhea Planet isn't the type of band to pull their punches and it's not the type for subtlety.
Bluesman Little Mack Simmons was born in Arkansas and grew up playing harmonica with his friend James Cotton. As a teen he moved to St. Louis where he worked for the railroad and played blues music with friends such as Robert Nighthawk on the club circuit.
Randle Chowning brings a familiar voice and lasting body of songs to Focal Point on Friday, March 27, but in many respects the veteran singer, songwriter and founding member of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils is re-introducing himself to St. Louis. And he will do it house-concert style, solo on acoustic guitar.
The important blues singer Irene Scruggs was born in Mississippi but likely raised in St. Louis; she certainly spent most of her career in the river city.
Show-wise, it's not quite March Madness this weekend, but there should be a sufficient number of options to keep you happy.
Singer, actress and writer Geeta Novotny was born in St. Louis and began studying music at age 4. By age 16, Novotny was studying with a voice professor at Carnegie Mellon University; she graduated in 1998.