All Aboard for Fun Times: St. Louis show highlights for 5/25-5/28

All Aboard for Fun Times Train

I’m happy to announce I’ll soon be done with the drudgery of the working world – retirement commences on July 3 (my own Independence Day, if you will).
While I should have plenty of time to opine then, the next few weeks may be another matter, as I wade through the administrative mayhem wrapping up a long career entails.
Some upcoming editions may be very succinct — this one is another matter:
Friday, May 25
I failed to notify you sooner that master jazz bassist Stanley Clarke is playing Jazz at the Bistro (3536 Washington) through Saturday.

Alas, your opportunity to be mega-gouged for food and drink to witness music at Rib America is no more; they’ve dropped us off their schedule due to poor attendance (it’s a really messed-up business model that can’t draw enough for the likes of Poison, Night Ranger, Loverboy and Molly Hatchet in our town).
Filling the gap (and messing up my commute for a few days — sure won’t miss that) is a three-day festival as part of St. Louis Bluesweek, which has moved from a September timeframe.
Stages on Chestnut between Tucker and 14th will offer numerous local and touring blues-oriented acts tonight, along with most of the day tomorrow and Sunday. Admission is free (all-ages), but no outside food or drink is permitted — other rules/prohibitions also apply.
The country, rock and more grab bag that is Box of Nerves performs at Maya Café (2726 Sutton) at 8. I don’t believe there’s a cover or age limit (although minors will have to be adult-accompanied). Smoke-free. 
Mighty Diamonds / Zion & The Lion Roots Band
2720 Cherokee  8 door/9 start   $15 (18+)  Smoke-free
The wearin’ of the green, along with red and gold, will likely be in effect tonight as Kingston’s MD, one of the most influential roots reggae vocal acts in history (and still boasting the original line-up), take the stage.

88.1 KDHX DJ Michael Kuelker gives his take on the Mighty Diamonds for the KDHX Blog.

I think it’s a safe bet that Z&TLRB play compatible sounds, and there’ll be reggae spinning before and between the acts.
A bill with various spins on the folk idiom is offered at Pop’s Blue Moon (5249 Pattison), starting at 9.
Portland’s House of Wolves (aka Rey Villalobos) offers quiet, dreamy tunes with lo-fi sounds. NYC’s Natureboy (aka Sara Kermanshahi) blends melodic folk with synth loops. I couldn’t preview Town Cars (Melinda Cooper of The Union Electric) or Little Napoleons (Matt Pace and Brien Seyle of the Rats and People).
This costs $5 (21+ and cash only – ATM available). Smoking is allowed — restricted to a back room, but often perceptible.
A night of swinging jazz sounds from Swing Set can be enjoyed in the intimate confines of the Venice Café (1903 Pestalozzi).
This will start at 9, with a $5 cover. Smoke-free.

Saturday, May 26
If you missed the Tower Groove Records release parties last weekend – or can’t get enough of the sounds from their lineup – head to the Schlafly Tap Room (2100 Locust) parking lot for Pork Shop: A Downtown BBQ and Garage Sale, running 10-6, followed by music inside until 11.
Free admission (all ages; minors must be adult-accompanied for the indoor music), with acts, ranging from mellow to manic, beginning at noon.
A raucous country/punk/bluesgrass/rockabilly/blues stew will be served up by Wichita’s Split Lip Rayfield – with support from talented acoustic duo Stickley and Canan - at Old Rock House (1200 S. 7th).
This starts at 8 (there’s a home game tonight – allow adequate parking time), with a $15 cover (all ages). Smoke-free.
Scott Kay & The Continentals
Schlafly Bottleworks  7260 Southwest   9 start Free (minors only with adults)  Smoke-free
A tasty array of rockabilly, swing and country sounds from SK&TC.
Sunday, May 27
Off Broadway hosts the Big Muddy Records Chili Cook-off
A zesty line-up of country, blues, folk, rockabilly and roots-rock performers includes Rum Drum Ramblers, Hooten Hallers, Alley Ghost, Griddle Kids, The Trio Project, Royal Smokestacks, The Skekses, The Hobosexuals, Lonesome Cowboy Ryan, Banjo Kellie, Chris Baricevic and Jack Grelle.
The $10 (all ages) cover includes food, with doors at 1, chili starting at 2 and music at 3.
Monday, May 28
Today brings the annual Rib Fest at Iron Barley (5510 Virginia) from 2 to 7.
A modest donation of $20 entitles you to a sample plate from every participant (note: the last two years have seen some booths run out of ribs within one-two hours, so snoozing may mean losing), with proceeds appropriately benefiting veterans’ causes. 
Music-wise, there are some fine performers lined up:

Steve Chosich, Johnny Fox, Bob Camp and The High Dives - 1:30-3:00
Lookout Joe – 3:15-4:00
The Boss Hall Band – 4:15-5:00
Colonel Ford – 5:15-6:00
Melody Den – 6:15-7:00
I hope you have a safe, fun and filling holiday weekend!
Your humble servant,

Dick Caveat