All Aboard for Fun Times: St. Louis show highlights for 5/4-5/6

All Aboard for Fun Times Train

If you missed the chance to witness Chuck Prophet when he visited in March (or just need another dose), mark you calendars for July 7, when he’ll be playing the Taste of Springfield (Ill.) festival, along with Amy LaVere, John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives, the Sadies and more TBA. Road trip!
The tragic hit-and-run death of a young woman in the wee hours last Friday occurred near the Broadway Oyster Bar and Beale on Broadway — not Off Broadway, as reported erroneously by at least one news source.
In a town where suppressing traffic flow on arterials seems to be the prevailing philosophy, the lack of any control at Broadway and Cerre has baffled me for a long time — making a left onto the former from the latter is always daunting.
An early check of the Schlafly Tap Room calendar for May didn’t show any bands playing 9-12 slots on the weekends — I was afraid my days of enjoying a band and a Tap Room Burger together might be over!
On that topic: What I’ve long felt is an over-saturated venue scene has experienced a culling over the last few months; in addition to the end of shows at the Billiken Club, Koken Art Factory ended their attempt at a less-than-infrequent schedule, Cicero’s is now Fri-Sun only, Ten Mile House appears to have quit booking altogether, Jefferson Warehouse has been very quiet (nothing on the calendar right now), and the live shows on Wednesdays at Smash Bar died a quick death.
Somebody lacking money to burn might want to think long and hard before deciding that our metro area — especially the city and inner-ring ‘burbs — needs another music venue (or micro-brew joint, for that matter, or combination thereof).

Plush hosts a bill of Tennis and Vacationer on May 11. At 100/2, this is the current frontrunner for the Show with the Highest Percentage/Number of Lame Band Names category of the 2012 AAfFT Awards.
May is starting off kind of nice and easy, but, like Proud Mary, it’s gonna get rough:
Friday, May 4
André Williams / The Ransom Note
Off Broadway  3509 Lemp  8-12  $10 advance/12 door (+3 under 21)  Smoke-free  

This special show offers both a performance by profane R&B cult legend AW and a screening of Agile Mobile Hostile: A Year with André Williams, a 2007 documentary on his fascinating life. Smooth soul sounds from TRN open the evening.
Devil Baby Freakshow / Quaaludes / Giants in the Sky
Plush  3224 Locust  9:30-12:30  $6 (18+)  Smoke-free
DBF deliver solid rock with a punk edge. Similar sounds from Q. GitS play hard-ish/prog-ish alternative rock. 
Saturday, May 5
The annual Cherokee Street Cinco de Mayo festival runs 11-9:30. Lots to eat, do, see and hear, with a parade (that will include a large number of El Caminos — providing that Johnny Vega$ can pull the thing together).
The music is on three stages and includes YHS-approved acts Old Lights, Kentucky Knife Fight, Ellen the Felon and the Mattronome and Fire Dog, along with many others. Check out the schedule.
Prairie Rehab / Melody Den / Fred Friction
Schlafly Tap Room  2100 Locust  9-12  Free (All ages — minors must be accompanied)  Smoke-free

Tasty mellow country sounds from PR. MD offer rock with a little twang — and a lot of tasty licks from two talented guitarists. FF gives you ballads that are heartfelt and booze-soaked.
Pretty Little Empire / Scarlet Tanager / Thankful Tree
Off Broadway  3509 Lemp  9-12:30  $10 (+3 under 21)  Smoke-free  

Folk-rock sounds that run from mellow to manic from PLE, who’ve been off the scene for a while the drummer rehabbed an injury. Proceeds from the show are targeted for financing their upcoming release.
ST offer folk- and pop-tinged rock. I haven’t heard TT — probably a safe bet it’s not death metal.
Sunday, May 6
The Gramophone (4243 Manchester) hosts Hep Cat Carnival — a benefit for Tenth Life, an organization that rescues and cares for stray cats. Food trucks, games, and other fun accompany live music, which includes Karate Bikini, Rough Shop and Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers.
This runs 3-9 p.m. with a $10 admission ($5 for kids 4-12) that includes some tickets for games (held on the adjacent parking lot).
Your humble servant,

Dick Caveat