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Musician Locations:

200 Block South Main St.
Berthold Square

300 Block South Main St.
339 S. Main - California House

400 Block South Main St.
Kister Park - north of gazebo

400 Block South Main St.
Kister Park - south of gazebo

400 Block South Main St.
south of 427 S. Main

500 Block South Main St.
south of 524 S. Main

600 Block South Main St.
north of 625 S. Main - Collier's Cottage

600 Block South Main St.
south of 625 S. Main

700 Block South Main St.
south of 724 S. Main - Boone Statue

800 Block South Main St.
north of 902 S. Main



SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2014, 12-4PM


Wandering musicians and free hayrides!


Musicians in scarecrow-esque style will perform along the street in the South Main Historic District. Music styles will vary: contemporary, classical, jazz, bluegrass, folk and more.


Free horse-drawn hayrides will be offered.







Listed below are some of the Strings 'n Straw musicians:


Dave Black - Winner of 'Jazz Artist' category in the 2011 Riverfront Times Music Awards. Dave Black has worked with many artists from a wide range of musical genres including Jazz, Blues, Rock, Country, Bluegrass and Folk. He has worked with various notables including Richard 'Groove' Holmes, Bucky Pizzerelli, David Liebman, Fareed Haque, Little Anthony & The Imperials and The Drifters. Plus, Dave keeps himself busy working as a freelancer in the St. Louis area, performing and recording with many local artists. Read more:


Tova Braitberg is Concertmaster of the Muny Orchestra. She studied violin and viola at Oberlin Conservatory and Webster University.


Gary Sudin began his professional music career at 8 years old, by singing in the chorus at Kiel Opera House here in St Louis for the Kaddish Symphony as conducted by Leonard Bernstein. He began playing the piano at 7, and the guitar at 9, and never had formal lessons on guitar. His musical accomplishments include winning the 1980 Iowa State folk singing championship, and playing his humorous songs at many computer trade shows. He has also played at most of the Hard Rock Café's in the far east. He is an accomplished fingerstyle guitarist, with many original compositions. Recently, he was onstage with guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, a performance available on youtube. 


Ron Vince has performed extensively with the St. Louis Symphony , Memphis Symphony, and Hartford, CT Symphony Orchestras. Ron has also toured Europe and Asia, both as a symphony musician and also as an electric violinist with Pavlovs Dog, (Rock Group.) His recordings can be found on iTunes under JBLINGCITY.


Manuela Kaymakanova was born in Rousse, Bulgaria, and began her violin studies at the age of five. She emigrated to the States in 1995 with her family. Manuela holds a Bachelor of Music from Webster University, where she received the Buder scholarship for gifted students and studied with Yuly Iliashov. She was associate concertmaster of the St Louis Youth Symphony for three years. Further studies led to a Master's degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, where she was awarded a graduate string quartet assistantship for three years. Her teachers there include Benny Kim and Gregory Sandomirsky. While in Kansas City, Manuela was a substitute with the Kansas City Symphony. In 2001 she was awarded the Women's Guild Award of the UMKC. That gave her the opportunity to attend the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival in Bonefro, Italy. Presently Manuela teaches at the Community Music School of Webster University and maintains a private studio. She is also an active chamber music and orchestral performer in the St Louis area. Manuela is a member of Trinity Piano Trio and Perseid String Quartet. She has played as a soloist with the SLYSO and Webster University Orchestra under David Amado.


Saint Louis native David Ramos is a freelance violinist and violist. Currently based in both Mexico City and Saint Louis, some recent engagements include performances with the Mexican National Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the UNAM, the Orchestra of the Teatro de Bellas Artes, and chamber music coachings as part of the Preparatory Program of Webster University. David received his Bachelor of Music in violin performance from Indiana University in Bloomington under Professor Joseph Swensen.


Alison Rolf hails from England where she attended Clare College, Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music, where, as a student of Lydia Mordkovitch, she was a recipient of the Dip RAM- the conservatory's premiere prix for outstanding final recital. She was a founding member of the London-based Elgin Piano Trio, giving concerts throughout the UK and abroad including a residency at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. In St. Louis, she is involved in a number of chamber groups including the Webster Faculty String Quartet and the Crusell Quartet, with which she has recently released a CD on the Centaur label. She has served as concertmaster of a number of ensembles including the Webster University Orchestra and has also performed with Union Avenue Opera, at the Fox theatre and the Muny. Alison has taught violin and viola at DaySpring School of the Arts in Maryland Heights since arriving in the US in 2002 and is also adjunct faculty at Webster, Saint Louis and Missouri Baptist Universities.


Root Diggers - Traditional Old Time Stringband! Read more: 


Buckhannon Brothers - Dennis and Curtis Buckhannon became hooked on old time music so long ago that neither of them can remember exactly how it happened. Old-time music is not just what they play: it's a part of who they are. Read more: