All Aboard for Fun Times: St. Louis show highlights for October 7-9

All Aboard for Fun Times Train

The semi-annual KDHX pledge drive is underway. Times are tight, which means the station needs your help more than ever.

The oft-listed Off Broadway received a nice accolade – they were named to a list of America’s Top 25 Live Music Venues in a poll of 40 artists. Considering that many of the others were legendary venues — like the Troubador, the Fillmore, the Bowery Ballroom — and/or in much bigger cities, that’s an impressive accomplishment.

Another fall weekend bursting at the seams:

Friday, October 7

Tonight is the start of Soulard Oktoberfest in Lyon Park (S. Broadway between Arsenal and Utah). As has become tradition, Denton, TX polka-rock heroes Brave Combo will appear, along with popular festival groups from Germany and other domestic acts (Polka Floyd has me intrigued). Note: This event will be gas on the fire regarding the tight parking situation already caused by the Lemp Brewery haunted house for Off Broadway shows this weekend. Please arrive early.

Tom Russell
Off Broadway 3509 Lemp 8-10 $22 advance/25 door (+3 under 21) Smoke-free

El Paso’s (by way of everywhere) TR is a songwriter’s songwriter as evidenced by the very impressive list of folks who’ve recorded his tunes and/or collaborated over the almost 40 years he’s been performing. This will be a seated, solo show.

Morgan Nusbaum
Foam Coffee & Beer 3539 S. Jefferson 7:30-8:30 $5 (all ages, I believe) Smoke-free

A few blocks away, another singer/songwriter in the early stages of her career performs an album release show. MN is also a singer/bassist for Bruiser Queen (and was for the wonderful ’75s). I’ve not heard her perform in this mode yet, but Christian Schaeffer has heard the album, and he reviews it as this week’s Homespun selection in the RFT.

The Lettuce Heads
Stone Spiral Coffee & Curios 2500 Sutton 8-10 Donation (all ages) Smoke-free

TLH offer quirky, pop-ish rock, with something to please folks ranging from toe-tappers to music nerds.

Lionize / Larry and His Flask
Firebird 2706 Olive 8-11 $10 (+2 under 21) Smoke-free

L hail from Silver Springs, MD and offer reggae sounds mixed with a hard-rock sensibility. Redmond, OR’s LaHF blend rock, folk and bluegrass with a punk ethos that produces a hellacious stage show — excellent showmanship.

Saturday, October 8

You can help KDHX fill those coffers, while you fill your stomach, by attending the monthly brunch benefit this morning at Black Bear Bakery (2639 Cherokee), running 9-2, for $10. A set of swing jazz-styled music by Wack-A-Doo (probably) runs 10-12.

Soulard Oktoderfest continues.

Fans of exquisite pop harmonies and hooks can enjoy plenty of both from LA’s the Bangles, who play tonight at the Pageant, starting at 8. Support is courtesy of citymates Vintage Trouble, who mix rock, soul and blues. Tickets are $22 advance – 3 more at the door. All-ages and smoke-free. A preview, from Mike Applestein in the RFT.

If you’re on, or interested in hitting, the Illinois side of the Mississippi tonight, you can catch the smooth soul sounds of the Ransom Note and the tasteful rock-pop of Pelvic Girdles at the Stagger Inn Again (104 E Vandalia St – Edwardsville). I don’t have any time/price specifics on this.

The Wilders / The Monads / Rum Drum Ramblers
Off Broadway 3509 Lemp 9-12:30 $10 (+3 under 21) Smoke-free

KC’s TW offer up string-band sounds that’ll bring joy to any hillbilly music fan. Frenetic punkgrass from TM, who have cited the headliners as inspiring their formation. Peppy, vintage-styled jazz sounds from RDR.

Sunday, October 9

Soulard Oktoberfest wraps up.

An evening of ska and rock-steady sounds is offered by Italy’s Mr. T-Bone, DC’s Eastern Standard Time and Murder City Players at Off Broadway, starting at 8. $10 (3 more for under-21).

Your humble servant,

Dick Caveat