It is John Farrar, Jay Farrar's brother, who will be performing on opening night at Evangeline's. So sorry for the confusion. John is a fabulous local jazz guitarist and his brother Jay may show up, but he is not the one booked.
Evangeline's Bistro and Music Hall is set to open Friday, December 6, at the corner of Euclid and Washington. Maggie Ducey and Don Bailey, partners in the venture, recently closed EurOrleans in Millstadt IL so they could devote all their youthful energy to transforming 512 N. Euclid into a French Creole and Cajun-style restaurant. Don, the chef, is also a musician who's lining-up a roster of musical talent that will play at Evangeline's most nights of the week, starting with local favorite jazz guitarist John Farrar who will perform on opening night from 7 to 11 p.m. and each Monday evening thereafter.
The Central West End Association is holding its first Friday Happy Hour at Evangeline's from 5 to 7 on the restaurant's opening day, December 6.
Photo courtesy of STL Mag
As reported in today's STL Magazine's blog, CWEnder Kevin McKernan, upper left, is moving The Improv Shop to a permanent home at 510 N. Euclid, next door to Evangeline's (green door in photo). The Improv Shop opened in 2009 after Kevin moved back home to St. Louis from Chicago where he had performed with improvisational groups.
The Improv Shop has over 100 students enrolled in its workshops and holds live performances twice a week. Until its new theater is ready, performances are being held in the basement of Brennan's on Maryland Ave. According to today's report:
“Monday night is our experimental improv night, called The Lab,” explains McKernan, who describes the night as a way for performers to experiment with audience participation, ideas, topics, and formations. Each show typically ends with five veteran performers and five students on stage.
“Thursday night is Harold Night,” adds McKernan. He's referring to the famous form of long-form improv in which three improvised scenes converge on one another. “Two house teams of graduated performers will get be on that night, followed by Ted Dangerous, a team made up of our instructors."
Visit Brennan's tomorrow (Thurs. ) at 8 p.m. for Harold Night.
The curtain will go up at The Improv Shop's new theater, 510 N. Euclid, by December 15.