Critic's Pick: Emmylou Harris and More to Perform at the Sheldon for Lampedusa Benefit on Tuesday, October 11


  • Photo by Jack Spencer
  • Emmylou Harris

St. Louis has known its share of once-in-a-lifetime concerts: Nirvana at Mississippi Nights, Sonic Youth under the Arch, Chuck Berry at the Fox for Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll. OK, the latter was two nights, but attendees will never forget the celebration. Add to that list the Lampedusa tour stop at the Sheldon Concert Hall. This benefit features Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Buddy Miller and the Milk Carton Kids, all swapping songs in the round. (Patty Griffin was scheduled to attend, but dropped off the bill late last week because of a medical issue.) The first four artists belong on any short list of Americana's founding figures; the latter is one of the genre's best hopes for continued relevance. Witnessing what they'll all do together on stage in an acoustically sublime hall couldn't be anything but unforgettable.

Lamp in the Dark: Lampedusa refers to the Italian island that's become a flashpoint and symbol of the European refugee crisis. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Jesuit Refugee Service’s Global Education Initiative.

Watch Emmylou Harris discuss the work of the Jesuit Refugee Service below:

Lampedusa Tour 
8 p.m. Tuesday, October 11. The Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Boulevard. $65 to $100. 314-533-9900.