All Aboard for Fun Times: St. Louis show highlights for January 27-29

All Aboard for Fun Times Train

A full menu of options for the weekend, including a dilemma for the rockabilly crowd on Friday:

Friday, January 27

The Wee Trio is a New Orleans vibes/bass/drums jazz group who’ve been exploring a path akin to that of the Bad Plus, reworking rock songs as part of their repertoire. Participation in a tribute project has lead to “Ashes to Ashes: a David Bowie Intraspective,” hopefully proving there’s room for another Duke, the thin white one, in the jazz canon.

This takes place at Jazz at the Bistro (3536 Washington), with sets at 7:30 and 9:30. Cost is $20 (10 for students). As always, attendees of the first set may be offered a chance to remain for the second. The RFT’s Dean Minderman has more details.

Skinny Jim and the Number 9 Blacktops / The Dirt Daubers / Paul Bearer & The Coffin Kings
Off Broadway 3509 Lemp 9-12 $10 (+3 under 21) Smoke-free

High-octane rockabilly/psychobilly from Carbondale’s SJatN9B. TDD hail from Paducah, KY and offer a vintage jazz sound that Pokey LaFarge fans should enjoy. PB&TCK play rockabilly with a macabre vibe.

Rockabilly fans should also consider heading to El Leñador (3124 Cherokee), where you can hear Everett Dean and Al Swacker singing genre favorites backed by a rockin’ trio of Rob Guth, (Scott Kay & the Continentals) Kevin O’Connor (Seven Shot Screamers) and Jamey Almond (Butcher Holler). This starts around 9:30, with a $5 cover (21+ only). Smoke-free.

Saturday, January 28

The Wee Trio repeats at Jazz at the Bistro, same times/prices.

Remember the ‘90s? The Lemonheads burned brightly for a brief period then, and frontman Evan Dando has formed a new edition of the band that’ll play their signature recording, “It’s a Shame About Ray,” along with other selections at Old Rock House (1200 S. 7th). Meredith Sheldon (not familiar with her) opens the show, which starts at 8. Admission is $17.50 in advance; 20 at the door (all-ages). Smoke-free.

Smooth soul purveyors Ransom Note and gritty rockers Bob Reuter’s Alley Ghost share a bill at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room (6504 Delmar). This starts at 9, with a $5 cover (21+ only). Smoke-free.

Soma / Mutant Opera / Loza
Schlafly Tap Room 2100 Locust 9-12 Free Smoke-free

S deliver high-energy rock with hints of pop and punk. A grunge-like heavy rock sound from Missouri. Dreamy rock soundscapes by L.

Plush (3224 Locust) offers the jump ‘n’ jive of Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers, along with solo guitarist Ian Lubar (not familiar with him), starting at 9 with a $6 (18-up) cover.

Sunday, January 29

Psych-pop band Troubadour Dali wrap up their month-long Sunday night residency tonight at Off Broadway, with a triple bill of support that is all over the map, style-wise.

Rats & People will be performing one of their original silent film scores, I assume. Red Mouth is a Muscle Shoals one-man band (I think) that sounds a bit like Hasil Adkins merged with a delta bluesman on the songs I heard. Magic City offer their powerful, somber rock. This starts at 8. No cover, but 21-up only.

Your humble servant,

Dick Caveat