All Aboard for Fun Times: St. Louis show highlights for November 25-27
Happy Thanksgiving, readers! I suppose it’s appropriate there’s an overabundance of options for this extended holiday period, when gluttony reigns supreme:
Friday, November 25
The annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Craft Show at Third Degree Glass Factory (5200 Delmar) runs today through Sunday, offering a nice opportunity to get unique items for yourself or others while supporting local artisans, and dodging big box madness in the process. As always, there’s a music component; I don’t have time to detail it, but there are several acts that have achieved the non-prestigious AAfFT stamp of approval, along with DJ spins. And it’s a KDHX-welcomed event as well.
Tandoori Knights / Magic City
Off Broadway 3509 Lemp 8:30-11:30 $12 (+2 under 21) Smoke-free
TK is one of several projects that keep Berlin’s Arish Ahmad Khan, aka King Khan, busy; in this case, he’s teamed up with Montreal’s (where AAK originated, as well; November has been Canadian Month at OB!) Bloodshot Bill, an awesome one-man rockabilly act who was transfixing at one of the Green Bay ’50s music fests with his possessed-by-pomaded-demons performance. Together, they create a sound that mashes together rockabilly, garage rock, psychedelic and soul sounds. Roy Kasten has a chat with King Khan for the RFT. Powerful rock, with a somber vibe, from MC, who open the show.
Ha Ha Tonka / Tommy and the High Pilots / Kentucky Knife Fight
Firebird 2706 Olive 8:45-12:30 $12 advance/14 door (all ages) Smoke-free
Springfield Mo.’s HHT play a rootsy style of rock with country and gospel touches, all with abundant energy and passion. Santa Barbara’s TatHP play jangly, catchy pop-rock. Intense rock, seasoned with a dash of twang, from KKF.
The UnMutuals / Devil Baby Freakshow / Tok
The Crack Fox 1114 Olive 9-1 $? Smoking, moderate to heavy
This weekend is the second anniversary celebration for this club, and they kick if off with a show including TU and DBF, two of many music-related activities involving venue stalwart Al Swacker. TU find enough free time between members’ other projects for a show, offering hard rock with a loud, snotty punk sensibility. DBF (I think they’ve been quiet for a while, as well) also deliver solid rock with a punk edge. T has a heavy, hard sound that borders on metal, tempered by a more melodic sense than is usual for that genre.
I can’t give you a definite time or a price for this (also celebrating two years of insufficient attention to detail on their various websites).
Prairie Rehab / Rodeo Soul / Butcher Holler
Schlafly Tap Room 2100 Locust 9-12 Free Smoke-free
Tasty mellow country sounds from PR, who don’t play out a lot. I thought the name RS sounded vaguely familiar; they were active for a few years until 2001, and are at it again. I don’t know what they’ll sound like. BH offer high-powered country, rock and rockabilly tunes.
Saturday, November 26
If you’re spent at this point and in need of a mellow evening, the new-ish group One Take plays their blend of many acoustic styles at Stone Spiral Coffee & Curios (2500 Sutton), running 8-10. Donate what you will in the cookie jar, relax and enjoy a variety of beverages (no hard liquor) and tasty appetizers/desserts. Smoke-free.
If you like blues-rock guitar pyrotechnics, the annual Stevie Ray Vaughn Tribute occurs at the Pageant (6161 Delmar), featuring the usual line-up of Jimmy Lee Kennett, the Steve Pecaro Band and the Tony Campenella Band. The fireworks start at 8, with an advance cover of $15 (2.50 more at the door, and another 2 for 20-under). Proceeds go to Play It Forward. Smoke-free.
What is The Point? A tribute to Harry Nilsson
Off Broadway 3509 Lemp 9-1 $10 (+3 under 21) Smoke-free
Here’s another night of local bands displaying their admiration to an influence, this time for the late, inadequately-heralded (except by the Beatles) Harry. In addition to the usual song interpretations, there’ll be a full performance of “The Point!,” his story/song album, narrated by Sherman S. Sherman, with musical accompaniment by an enhanced Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra.
The Union Electric / The Campfire Club
Schlafly Tap Room 2100 Locust 9-11 Free Smoke-free
Fuzz-laden, folk-ish rock from TUE. Country and rockabilly sounds from TCC.
Sunday, November 27
There’s a free show today at Off Broadway to celebrate the release of Light Fuse and Run, a new collection of photographs by Bob Reuter. He’ll be performing a blend of blues/folk/rock sounds with Alley Ghost and Doom Town will provide punk-ish hard rock. This runs 3-7. The book costs $15 (cash/check). Some food will be provided.
The annual Baby Blues Showcase takes place at BB’s Jazz, Blues and Soups (700 S. Broadway), running 6-12 (or 7-2, or some variation thereon, conflicting info out there). Admission was $15, or $10 if you bring 3 or more cans of food, last year; I can’t find any current info, price-wise. Smoke-free.
Your humble servant,