All Aboard for Fun Times: St. Louis show highlights for February 24-26

All Aboard for Fun Times Train

I’ve got a healthy array of choices Friday and Saturday. It appears most venues ceded Sunday to Oscar Mania, but a few options exist: 
Friday, February 24
Jefferson Warehouse (2501 S. Jefferson) hosts Re/pressed: A Print Show and Dance Party!, a show/sale from printmakers in the Art Department of SIU-Edwardsville, running 7-1. Music starts at 8, with hard-to-characterize rock sounds from Accelerando and punk from The Cuban Missiles, along with a DJ spin. $4 gets you in (21+). Smoke-free.
CaveofswordS / bulletPOP! / Tight Pants Syndrome
Schlafly Tap Room  2100 Locust  9-12  Free  Smoke-free

No issues searching for these bands on the Interwebs! C is a new-ish spousal duo of Sunyatta and Kevin McDermott, who may be joined by others. I haven’t heard them yet. Catchy, driving punk-pop-rock from b!, with a vibe sometimes reminiscent of Rezillos and early Blondie. Sugar-sweet pop-rock from TPS (their Chevy Music Showcase profile commercial is scheduled to run on KMOV over this weekend).
Water Liars / Alley Ghost / Fred Friction
Off Broadway  3509 Lemp  9-12:30  $7 (+3 under 21)  Smoke-free 
This is the local debut for WL, a duo of former Theodore frontman Justin Kinkel-Schuster and Andrew Bryant, a rural Mississippi multi-instrumentalist who had collaborated with him and T prior to their dissolution. Stream the album Phantom Limb at and check out Christian Schaeffer’s review at the RFT. AG offers the songs of Bob Reuter with a passionate, rough-at-the-edges mix of rock, blues and folk. Heartfelt, booze-soaked ballads from FF.
Another edition of the Girlfight! series, showcasing female or female-focused acts, occurs at Firebird (2706 Olive) at 9. This time offers rockabilly sounds with powerful vocals from the Molly Simms-fronted Bible Belt Sinners, blues-tinged rock from Jedi Nighties and solo folk sounds from Langen Neubacher. This costs $7, with an additional 3 for those 20-under. Smoke-free.
Saturday, February 25
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. No hard liquor here, but beer, wine and a variety of non-alcoholic choices are offered, and a small menu is available.
Atomic Cowboy (4140 Manchester) hosts a bash to honor Johnny Cash (I hope it honors him - another tribute I attended here a while back was pretty much of a mess), who would’ve turned 80 on the February 26. Twang-ified acts Trigger 5, Butcher Holler, the Twains and Reverend Matt will perform, hosted by Al Swacker, who will also DJ between sets.
In addition to the music, there’ll be a Ring of (bon)Fire outside at the fire pit, a release of black balloons at midnight, and a sale/show of art inspired by the Man in Black from Tom Huck’s Evil Prints.
Speaking of black – patrons dressed exclusively in it receive a drink ticket good for a PBR or Jack Daniel’s shot.
This starts at 8 (live music at 9), with a $5 cover (21+). Smoke-free (and hopefully free of bass-thumping techno/club music bleeding from the main room into the venue side; that would be a nice change from prior visits!). 

Box of Nerves
Schlafly Bottleworks  7260 Southwest  9-12  Free (minors only with parents)  Smoke-free
A wide variety of popular music styles from BoN, offered in both original and cover vehicles.
The nite-owl contingent can head to Mangia Italiano (3145 S. Grand) for some gritty, twangy rock from The Dirty 30s and piano pop with a cabaret vibe from Ellen the Felon. This free show (21+) will start after 11 and probably run past 1:30. TD3 are loud - earplugs may be a good idea for this noisy room. Smoke-free.  

Sunday, February 26
LA’s Los Lobos bring their array of rock/roots sounds mixed with Mexican influences to the Sheldon (3648 Washington) at 7:30.
Unlike most of my usual offerings, this KDHX-welcomed event requires big boy/girl money: tickets are $45/40 (with VIP at $75), plus fees (which vary, because of all the extra work required to sell you higher-priced tickets, right?).
Plush (3224 Locust) offers a show from country/folk/pop/rock songstress Beth Bombara, joined by the powerful vocals of Elly Herget (Skekses). Pleasant folk sounds from Chicago’s Anna Vogelzong open the show. This starts at 8:30, and is free (18+). Smoke-free.
Your humble servant,

Dick Caveat