Loving this fall with the change in season! Lots of shows to finish the year!

 

 

Fall 2017 ramblings! 

So this has been a bit of an up and down year for me. I've played lots of gigs with my trio, The Main Street Remnants, as well as several solo shows in listening rooms, a Nashville songwriters showcase and several private events. This is what keeps me going. In the early fall I had to slow down a bit and become a little smarter in how I spend my time. No more 17 hours days. But now that my energy has returned I can hardly put down my guitar. I haven't felt this focused in some time and I have lots of plans. I know I'm blessed with a family that supports this passion I have and I'm thankful for that. I'm going to sign off and pickup my guitar and have some fun! 

April 2017 

Winter is mostly behind us and the sun was shining all day today, the day for fools in April. Tomorrow I'm making my annual pilgrimage to Nashville to play some open mic's, hangout at cool guitar shops, see a friend or two and maybe do some hiking. Lately most of my playing has been with my trio, The Main Street Remnants but I have three solo dates in April and I'm looking forward to that part of my music life. 

January 2017 

Well I suppose it is appropriate to share something this new year. 2016 was a busy year with the release of the album, New Ground, playing some house concerts, front porch jams at Crafty LLC, as well as my regular solo gigs and then finishing the year strong with some real fun shows with my trio, The Main Street Remnants. I think the highlight of the year was my CD release party. I recall standing on the stage after everyone had left the venue with the lights off and just looking out on the room where we had just been playing our music and then feeling so thankful that I actually get to do, what I love to do, for my friends and the people I love, and even for folks who were walking down the street and just dropped in and stayed. I loved doing the album, but I love playing to and for people and having a connection. That is what drives this passion of mine.

I want to thank all of you who came out to countless shows and strongly support live music. We don't do this with out you, our friends, who listen to us and keep us motivated. I also wanted to thank all the different folks who played and helped out on the album. I am blessed!

We have winter mostly infront of us but I can slowly feel the days getting longer. Come out to show and get warmed up by the music!

Fall 2016 

Boy have I enjoyed my summer. We went to the Black Hills of South Dakota and stopped to see family in Nebraska along the way. I played a few house concerts this summer along with several gigs at my regular haunts and just got back home from a trip to northwest Arkansas. After we left friends and family we made our way back through Missouri in the Ozark Mountains. We live in a beautiful state folks!  i have lots of solo and trio gigs scheduled for the fall and hope to see you or meet you at these shows.

My trip to Nashvegas  

A few weeks ago I made my way down to Nashville. My goal was to play as many open mic's as i could and I played every night I was in town. The other goal was too get invited back, which I was lucky enough to be invited to play a showcase at the Commodore Grill. They sure know how to "get you up and get you moving" with most venues being packed with songwriters and performers. Met some great people from all over the planet and had a great time. I'm not sure if Nashville is the place for me and my music but it's a good way to measure how things are going. I will go back and play that showcase and find other open mic's and maybe a few showcases to play at. It was worth the trip!

House Concert May 22 

My friend Janis Kury is hosting a house concert on Sunday May 22, 6PM to 9PM. 
This loft just off Washington Ave is wonderful. Below are details.  

RAILWAY HOUSE CONCERTS 
Host by Janis Kury and Tom Foertmeyer 
1620 Lucas Ave, Suite 205 
St Louis, MO 63013 
314.614.3111 or 314.378.6676  

We’re so happy to announce that Chris Griffith will play at our very first house concert on Sunday, May 22 (doors 6PM, show 7PM). He just released a new album called New Ground that is full of original acoustic, roots-based music. You may have heard him around town with Hot String Soup, The Main Street Remnants or in solo performances at various venues from coffee shops to art openings. His impressive songs and his engaging stage presence are going to be a pleasure to all of you who can come.  

Cancellations: If your plans change and you can’t make it to the show, let us know ASAP, so we can try to find someone else to take your place. We want to have a full house of music lovers for Chris. 

Timing: People will begin arriving at 6PM (no earlier, please) and the music will start at 7PM. Things should wind down around 9:30PM. 

Food/drink: We start off with a couple of cases of beer and a bottle or two of wine. Beyond that, feel free to bring whatever you care to add to the pot-luck food/drink spread. We will have coolers and ice available.  

Directions/parking:  From any interstate (I-70, I-64, I-44 or I-55) get off at the downtown St Louis exit easiest for you. Then go to Washington Avenue. Take Washington Avenue to 16th Street and then make a quick left (west) onto Lucas Avenue (across from City Museum). We are the 2nd building on the left - RAILWAY LOFTS (there's a big yellow generator on the entrance roof) 1620 Lucas Avenue. There will be someone in the lobby starting at 6:00 pm to let you in. If no one is there, please look up Tom Foertmeyer or Janis Kury on the call box and we can buzz you in. We are on the 2nd floor, Loft #205 at the end of the hall. 314-614-3111 or 314-378-6676. IMPORTANT- STREET PARKING IS FREE ON SUNDAY. You may park on any street meter on Lucas, Washington, 16th or 17th. If you cannot find free parking close to the building, there is parking available in the lot on Lucas & 16th or Washington and 17th. 

We have not established a suggested donation: Please feel free to make a purchase from the merch table and toss some cash into the tip bucket for the musician.

New Ground Solo Album 

New Ground, my solo album, has been mastered and is being sent out to be replicated! The CD Release Party is scheduled for April 24th, 6pm at The Focal Point, 2720 Sutton in Maplewood MO. I will be joined by the musicians who helped me on this project. Soon the album will be available as a digital down on this site and other online music outlets on planet earth! 

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the Art Fair at Queeny Park

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Queeny Park, 550 Weidman Road, Ballwin MO, 63011

Hot String Soup (Chris & Steve) are back together again like never before! We're playing for the Art Fair at Queeny Park. Come check out the original art. you won't see us but you can hear us! We'll be in the balcony.