All Aboard for Fun Times: St. Louis show highlights for 3/23
The 2012 RFT Music Awards nominees were announced last week, and I finally got a chance to look at ‘em.
A lot of AAfFT-approved acts are present, and I don’t have much to quibble with in categories relevant to me; I’d swap the ones for the Union Electric and Tenement Ruth, and — while I think Lonesome Cowboy Ryan and his Dried-Up Teardrops are really good — they’re an infrequent-to-date side project that doesn’t yet merit nomination to the exclusion of country mainstays like Trigger 5 or Dock Ellis Band, in my opinion.
The annual showcase on Washington occurs June 2, hopefully a day with cooler weather than the last two years, when it felt like we were hurtling towards the sun.
Time got away from me; I’ll have to get the rest of the weekend to you later:
Friday, March 23
Stone Spiral Coffee & Curios 2500 Sutton 8-10:30 Donation (all ages) Smoke-free
A lively mix of rock, country and rockabilly sounds from BH. No hard liquor here, but beer, wine and a variety of non-alcoholic choices are offered, and a small menu is available.
Box of Nerves
Maya Café 2726 Sutton 8-11 Free (I think) Smoke-free
A wide variety of popular music styles from BoN, offered in both original and cover vehicles.
The Vondrukes / Trigger 5 / Royal Smokestacks / Beth Bombara & The Ebanjolist
Plush 3224 Locust 8-12:30 $7 (18+ only) Smoke-free
A twangy array of sounds with a potent three-guitar attack from TV. Classic country and rockabilly sounds from T5. RS are fronted by Pat Eagan (Monads), and offer a energetic style of folk-ish rock. I haven’t heard BB&TE; I’ll guess it’s a different take on her mix of folk/pop/country solo sounds.
Schlafly Bottleworks 7260 Southwest 9-12 Free Smoke-free
Vintage-styled honky-tonk and country sounds from CF, with a nebulous, but very skilled, roster.
If you want to do some banging instead of twanging, Lemmons (5800 Gravois) offers a bill with heavy sounds from Tok, Death of Yeti, the Many-Colored Death and Langoliers.
This starts at 8 with a $5 cover (21+). Smoke-free.
Your humble servant,