He’s a Bad Man: The Stories Behind “Stagger Lee” and “Frankie and Johnny” (February 5th, 12:10 pm)

This program combines a book reading, discussion, and musical performances centered around “Stagger Lee” and “Frankie and Johnnie”, two tragic songs centered around events occurring in St. Louis. Author Bruce Olson will be reading selected passages from his book That St. Louis Thing: An American Story of Roots, Rhythm and Race.


The Soul of the City: A History of Black Radio with Bernie Hayes (February 20th, 6:10 pm)

Join legendary radio DJ, musician, and Black Radio Hall of Famer Bernie Hayes as he recalls his career in the radio industry. Hayes’ DJ career spans more than 6 decades. In that time, he has made an indelible mark on the radio industry ultimately leading to him being inducted to the Black Radio Hall of Fame as a member of the inaugural class.


Harmonica: Big Sound in a Small Package (March 5th, 12:10 pm)               

The harmonica is arguably the first instrument that comes to mind for many when thinking about the blues. This program combines a presentation with musical performances to tell the story of the blues and blues harmonica.


With a Banjo on My Knee (March 13th, 6:10 pm)

Join us as we trace the development and evolution of the banjo. From its origins in Western Africa to the current iteration we know today, the banjo has been essential in the development of American music, whether Blues, Jazz, Bluegrass, Folk, or Country and Western. This program combines a discussion on the history of the instrument as well as musical performances showing how the banjo has contributed to these various genres of music.


Programs are FREE unless otherwise noted.