A St. Louis native, Ralph Butler has been singing since he was 5, first for family and friends and later in high school. He’s performed in Singapore and Greenland, among other places, but says St. Louis is “home base.”
ALTON — Ralph Butler’s band is synonymous with versatility.
It’s a flexible group of musicians whose characteristics and playlists morph to suit the venue and event, public or private. This month, Butler returns to Jacoby at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, with two newcomers. Billie Mues and Herrie Pullom join Butler, Paul Deming and Gerry Liebmann.
Butler said he enjoys playing Jacoby.
“It’s artsy and intimate,” he said. “There’s an ability to communicate with the audience. Most people (who attend Jacoby) know me and will have heard us. New people are always welcome, so the audience grows.”
A St. Louis native, Butler has been singing since he was 5, first for family and friends and later in high school. He’s performed in Singapore and Greenland, among other places, but said St. Louis is “home base.”
Influenced by artists as diverse as Stevie Wonder, Bette Midler, Gino Vannelli and John Mayer, the Ralph Butler Band plays popular music — everything from Sinatra to Bruno Mars.
Butler “plays a little guitar and hand percussion,” but mostly is the vocals. Helping him with that is Liebmann, who also plays keyboard, bass and drums. Deming plays guitar, Meus is on bass and Pullom is on drums.
“I’ve known Billie Meus for years,” Butler said. “We’ve played together. I just met Herrie Pullom when he auditioned and it worked. Both bring something to the band and both have excellent musicianship. Now it’s a matter of familiarizing themselves with the band’s music.”
Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the door or at jacobyartscenter.org/event-2227842. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors open 30 minutes in advance. Cash bar is available.
"Natural Force" on display until Sept. 24
The public is invited to view “Natural Force,” on display until Sept. 24. The exhibit is the combined, but distinct, collections of work by Illinois-based artist Danne Rhaesa and Missouri-based artist Megan Singleton. The artists have chosen unified themes of environmental and ecological awareness and use natural material.
In September, Bankside Repertory Theatre brings Aaron Posner’s “Who Am I This Time (& Other Conundrums of Love)” to Jacoby. For information, visit jacobyartscenter.org.