Meet the 2022 Schlafly Art Outside Performing Artists

Friday May 27, 2022

4-5:30pm Chris Shepherd Band

Chris Shepherd

Blues and Soul Singer/Songwriter & Guitarist Chris Shepherd is best known locally for his work with the Kingdom Brothers, and tours internationally with Rich McDonough. This Schlafly Art Outside performance is the debut of his new solo project, featuring the stalwart rhythm section of Benet Schaeffer on Drums, Andy Coco on Electric Bass Guitar, and Nathan Hershey on Organ and electric piano.

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6-7:30pm So Grand Polka Band

So Grand Polka Band

So Grand Polka Band is a polka band from St. Louis, MO led by accordionist Jess Adkins, playing a mix of class polkas and waltzes, Cleveland style polkas, as well as original compositions. 
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tips: venmo @SoGrandPolkaBand

8:15-9:45pm Dave Grelle’s Playadors

Dave Grelle

Pianist/Keyboardist & composer Dave Grelle and band, Playadors, is an all-star cast of some of St. Louis’s finest musicians. Grelle’s Playadors features brand new original music from one of the most in-demand pianists/keyboardists in St. Louis. A veteran of bands like The Feed, Funky Butt Brass Band, Celebration Day, and Kevin Bowers’ Nova, Grelle has also shared the stage with members of Allman Brothers, Dave Matthew’s Band, The Roots, Galactic, Lettuce, Snarky Puppy and many others. The band’s appreciation for the history of jazz, funk and soul and where the future of the music is headed presents itself in an incredibly magical mingling of sounds, styles, and grooves.

booking and info: | tips: Venmo @feedmemusic

Saturday May 28, 2022

11a-12:30pm Tom Hall

The Tom Hall

— I play a lot of roots music-originally blues based-gotten in world roots music.

“THE Tom Hall has been playing music in STL since his days with the Geyer Street Sheiks. He has been holding court at places such as BB’s, Evangeline’s and Venice Cafe for years and is considered one of the premier guitar players in town.”

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1-2:30pm Miss Jubilee and the Yas Yas Boys

Miss Jubilee

Vocalist Miss Jubilee (aka Valerie Kirchhoff) leads this high energy jazz and blues ensemble, paying homage to the female blues singers of the 1920s and 30s and to the rich musical heritage of St. Louis. Performed with joy, precision, and an infectious energy!

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3-4:30pm One Way Traffic

One Way Traffic

Born from an open-mic bluegrass jam in St. Louis, Missouri, One Way Traffic is a five-piece band with an eclectic sound. Inspired greatly by Americana, Blues, and Jazz, the band combines their individual influences to create a  gumbo chock full of musical deliciousness and surprise.  In just four years together, One Way Traffic have quickly established themselves as a premier band within the St. Louis music scene, selling out shows monthly at the storied Broadway Oyster Bar and playing world-class venues like The Sheldon Concert Hall, The Pageant, and Old Rock House. Their ability to connect with fans in their hometown has led them to stages across the country, opening for and sharing the bill with bands like Yonder Mountain String Band, Kitchen Dwellers, Leftover Salmon, Split Lip Rayfield, and Twiddle. Additionally, their name can often be spotted on festival line ups like Blue Ox, John Hartford Memorial, and Pickin’ On Picknic. Just after releasing their first album in 2019, they won the band competition at Northwest String Summit. 
One Way Traffic is Drew Lance (Drums/Vocals), Sam Avery (Guitar/Vocals), Leah Osborne (Baritone Uke/Vocals), Sam Aubuchon (mandolin), and Erik Ferguson (Bass). 

booking and more info: | tips: Venmo  leah-osborne-6

5-6:30pm Janet Evra

Janet Evra

 “Janet Evra delivers a fresh, romantic jazz spin to St. Louis’ music scene.” 
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Janet Evra… An absolute must-see for anyone in St. Louis who loves jazz.”  
Riverfront Times
Janet Evra is an international jazz vocalist, bassist, and bandleader from England based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.  Evra tours and performs on premier stages across the USA and Europe, including jazz festivals and concerts in Sweden, Denmark, Romania, Switzerland, and Finland.  Evra has collaborated with GRAMMY-winning artists and jazz superstars including Randy Brecker, Taylor Eigsti, Andrea Motis, Jeff Coffin, Roy “Futureman” Wooten, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Eric Marienthal, and Diego Figueiredo, as well as many St. Louis jazz legends.  She sings in English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French.

booking and more info: | tips: Venmo @Janet-Evra

7-8:15pm / 8:30-9:45pm Gene Jackson & Power Play

Gene Jackson

For the best in Jazz, Blues, R&B, Motown, Disco, and much more, come and experience the vocal talents of Gene Jackson and Swan fronting the Power Play Band, as they take you on a musical ride down memory lane.   Power Play is a 5-8 piece dance band based in St. Louis, MO, specializing in high energy, classy live entertainment. Power Play combines many different and popular styles of music to create a fun and energetic atmosphere. As a band, Power Play places emphasis on bringing you quality live entertainment that will keep the dance floor packed and lively all night long!  This dynamic band is comprised of 6 musicians:  Gene Jackson – Vocals, Swan – Vocals, Lorenzo Boone – Bass, Chuck – Drums, Tony Mitchell – Guitar, Pete Zimmerman – Keyboards 

booking and more info:  | tips: Venmo @genejacksonmusic


Sunday May 29. 2022

12pm-12:45pm Hip Grease

Hip Grease

Dogtown Records recording artists Hip Grease began performing as a live unit in St. Louis clubs in 1999. Excited about finding classic “SoulJazz” recordings being re-done by contemporaries, STL musicians, Ben Reece (reeds/woodwinds), Andy Coco (basses), and Dave Grelle (organ/piano/keys) created Hip Grease, a part time project with the specified goals of having fun playing jazz that makes people dance.

Greasin’ was recorded in 2014 at Sawhorse Studios, mixed by Andy Coco, and released on Dogtown Records, with Adam Hucke (flugel/trumpet), Ron Sikes (percussion), and Kyle Honeycutt (drums) featuring the original compositions and a few funky interpretations of SoulJazz classics.
The current performing unit features Grover Stewart Jr. on Drums.

booking and more info:   | tips: Venmo @DogtownRecords

1:00-2:15pm Ryan Marquez St. Unity featuring Paige Alyssa

Ryan Marquez

Missourian Ryan Marquez’s music has been called many things but “accessibly out there” might be the keyboardist, producer, songwriter, arranger, and vocalist’s favorite description of his unique sound that is baptized in Blues, indoctrinated by Jazz and raised in Hip-Hop culture. His music represents a diverse ecosystem of  “feel good vibes” that he channels by infusing tasteful jazz piano chops, a Pop songwriter/arranger sensibility, with vocal flavors from Progressive R&B/Hip-Hop. His recording and performance credits include Grammy recognized artists such as Terence Blanchard, Kirk Whalum, Fred Wesley, Chance The Rapper, Kingfish, Ernie Isley & more. His music has been featured on VH1, BET, MTV, The CW, ESPN & FOX networks.

“Passionate in everything he does” (WSIE 88.7, “The Sound”), he
“truly embodies the creative collaboration…essential to moving St. Louis forward full steam ahead.” (Regional Arts Commission of STL)

Currently, Ryan is campaigning his new jazz/pop release “Saint Unity,” a spirited record that incorporates the larger narrative of the current artistic renaissance and cultural climate present in St. Louis. Produced by the legendary engineer Carl Nappa (The Hit Factory) and Lenny Mink for Lotown Records, the album features 20 STL vocalists and musicians powering Ryan’s originals and jazz interpretations of hits from the world of rock – including songs from No Doubt, Smashing Pumpkins, 311, The Beatles and more. No matter the outfit, the 2 time NFL halftime performer sits squarely in the center of the upswing of creative energy radiating from the vibrant music epicenter that is Missouri.

booking and info: | | tips: Venmo: @consciouskeys 

2:45-4pm Al Holliday and The East Side Rhythm Band

Al Holliday and the East Side Rhythm Band

Here is just one band family who does their thing the way they do – a band who can sound as hot and as thick as the breath of the Mississippi River in the St. Louis summertime, and can turn around and lay it down as cool as the breeze.
Music lovers draw some comparisons to large groups like Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, and Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs & Englishmen – also you will hear influences of Taj Mahal, Billy Preston, Leon Russell, and Allen Toussaint – but AL HOLLIDAY & THE EAST SIDE RHYTHM BAND, with the muddy water in their veins – no doubt, come with their very own game in this generation. The young man and the band bring a package only describable as essentially American – a sound distinct to the “Big Muddy” and their river city home where the four winds blow.

booking and info: | Venmo @Al-Holliday 

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