Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Spyro Gyra, Mindi Abair to perform Saturday, August 30 at Chesterfield Amphitheater

Jazz/fusion band Spyro Gyra and saxophonist Mindi Abair are coming to St. Louis to perform as part of the Eco Music Festival starting at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, August 30 at the Chesterfield Amphitheater.

Also on the bill are St. Louis' own Tim Cunningham and Bach to the Future.

Led by saxophonist Jay Beckenstein, Spyro Gyra first gained wide notice in the 1970s for their self-produced hit singles "Morning Dance" and "Shaker Song," and subsequently have made more than two dozen albums, many of them best-sellers on the jazz and/or smooth jazz charts.

In addition to Beckenstein, the group's current lineup (pictured) includes longtime keyboardist Tom Schuman plus bassist Scott Ambush, guitarist Julio Fernandez, and drummer Lee Pearson. Their most recent album, The Rhinebeck Sessions, came out last year.

Abair has collaborated with contemporary jazz performers including Bobby Lyle, Jonathan Butler, Peter White and Rick Braun and also has made forays into pop with likes of the Backstreet Boys, Duran Duran, Mandy Moore, Aerosmith, and numerous others. Her most recent recording is 2014's Wild Heart.

Advance tickets for the Eco Music Festival with Spyro Gyra and Mindi Abair are $28 for lawn seats, and $48 for general admission "preferred seating" in the auditorium's fixed seats. Tickets purchased at the door will be $33 and $53. Also, six VIP tables for 10 are available for $1,000 each. Tickets are on sale now via EventBrite.

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