Last Week’s Featured Free Concert — Anita Rosamond

by Romondo Davis
When I am deciding which free concerts to attend, I scan our calendar to look for artists or bands I haven’t yet seen. When I find an act with which I am not familiar, I usually check their website to get an idea of the style and the genre they perform. Another resource I use is Facebook, where I check to see who their friends are. In the case of Anita Rosamond, the decision to attend her Friday night concert at the Old Orchard Gazebo was  simple when I saw that her friends include St. Louis music friends of mine like Don Wolf, Joe Mancuso, Vince Martin, Vincent Golomski, John Covelli and many, many more. I was sold.

In her Friday night performance at the Old Orchard Gazebo, Anita Rosamond did not disappoint. She sang sweetly and soulfully, leading her trio through a 90-minute set of jazz and pop standards, and Christmas Music; the theme of the evening was Christmas in July. An additional treat was hearing great vocal solos featuring her reed man, Lew Winer lll and drummer, Bwayne Smotherson.

Click here to see my photos of Anita Rosamond performing at the Old Orchard Gazebo on July 25, 2014.

This Week on the Free Concert Scene

Note: Please check our calendar for the up-to-date listings.

Click the items below for times, locations, and more details.

Monday, July 28
Compton Heights Concert Band with Johnny Baier, 4-String Banjo Player Extraordinaire at Tower Grove Park in St. Louis
FatPocket at Heman Park in University City
Chris Talley Trio at Bellerive Park in St. Louis

Tuesday, July 29
Mark Biehl Group at Fanetti Park in St. Louis
O’Fallon Community Concert and Jazz Bands at Civic Park Bandstand in O’Fallon
Rockin’ Chair at Faust Park in Chesterfield

Wednesday, July 30
Children’s Concert Series — The Tortoise and the Hare at Piper Palm House in Tower Grove Park in St. Louis
Farshid Etniko Band at Citygarden in St. Louis
Melissa Neels Band at Missouri Botanical Garden in St Louis

Thursday, July 31
St. Charles Municipal Band at Frontier Park Bandstand in St. Charles
Matt Livasy at Grove Memorial Park in Grafton
Alton Muny Band at Riverview Park in Alton
Erin Bode at Kirkwood Station Plaza in Kirkwood
That 80′s Band at Bluebird Park in Ellisville

Friday, August 1
Hudson and the Hoo Doo Cats at Laumeier Sculpture Park in Sunset Hills
Jeff Allen Band at Eckert’s Country Store in Belleville
Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers at Music on Art Hill on Art Hill in Forest Park
Mood Swings at St. Louis Zoo
One More Round at Paul A Schroeder Park in Manchester
Route D at 370 Lakeside Park in St. Peters

Saturday, August 2
Diesel Island at Eckert’s Country Store in Belleville
Dawn Weber at Lafayette Park in St. Louis
Butch Wax & The Hollywoods at St. Ferdinand Park in Florissant

Sunday, August 3
Compton Heights Concert Band featuring Those Darn Accordions at Francis Park in St. Louis
St. Louis Big Band at St. Mathias the Apostle Catholic Church in South St. Louis County
Ragtime Rendezvous at Rosebud Cafe in Scott Joplin House in St. Louis
Alton Muny Band at Haskell Park in Alton
Chaz 45 at Gentry Park in Bridgeton
The Occasionals at Benton Park in St. Louis,
Memories of Elvis at Carondelet Park in St. Louis

Be sure to check our website for more events. We hope to see you at a free concert soon.