All Aboard for Fun Times: St. Louis show highlights for 6/22-6/23
Regarding my revised policy on door/start times — bar and/or restaurant venues open outside of show times won’t have a door listed, unless they specifically cite one (due to the venue portion operating separately).
Semi-local (other members are from Champaign) pop-tinged rock act the Jans Project snagged one of the Saturday afternoon slots for the Taste of Downtown food and music festival in Springfield, Ill. July 6-7.
The lineup is pretty great.
June may have been short on rain to date, but it has been awash in good shows; Friday needs a flash flood warning, while Saturday is somewhat parched — although localized instances of ”Raining Men” may occur in Tower Grove Park (see below).
Friday, June 22
Wayne the Train Hancock / Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers
Off Broadway 3509 Lemp 7:30 door/8 start $12 (+3 under 21) Smoke-free
Austin’s WTTH offers just what’s needed if you’ve got a Hank-(as in Williams or Thompson)ering for some vintage-styled country/swing sounds — it’s honky-tonkin’ time!
High-energy swing/rockabilly/blues sounds from MJatH.
Guitar-slinging kook Unknown Hinson brings his rockin’ vampire schtick to Old Rock House (1200 S. 7th). Daniel Hill engaged him in an amusing Q&A for the RFT.
Doors at 7/show at 8 (no opener listed), with an $18 advance/20 door cover (all ages). Smoke-free.
7 Shot Screamers / Bible Belt Sinners / Ellen the Felon
Firebird 2706 Olive 8:30 door/9 start $10 (+3 18-20) Smoke-free
Singer Mike Leahy comes in from LA for a visit, allowing 7SS to perform their potent blend of punk and rockabilly sounds again.
Rockabilly sounds, featuring the powerful growl of Miss Molly Sims, from BBS. Cabaret-styled piano-pop from EtF
Soma Jet Set / Butcher Holler / Old Capital Square Dance Club
The Heavy Anchor 5226 Gravois 9 start $5 Smoke-free
I haven’t heard SJS, and there’s not much — just show listings — on the web.
A lively mix of rock, country and rockabilly sounds from BH. A mix of country, blues and rock sounds from OC(sic)SDC.
Tight Pants Syndrome / HUMDRUM / The Campfire Club
Plush 3224 Locust 8:30 door/9:30 start $6 (18+) Smoke-free
Hook-filled, sugar-sweet pop-rock from TPS.
H blend catchy pop melodies with noisy techno synth sounds.
TCC offer a mix of rock, country and rockabilly sounds.
El Lenador (3124 Cherokee) hosts a show headlined by the engaging punk-ish rock of DinoFight!.
They’re joined by KC’s minimalist punk-pop duo Schwervon – who were quite enjoyable on their first visit – along with two other bands (Johnny Vega$ told me their names, but I don’t remember them).
This will start after 9, with a $5 cover (21+). Smoke-free.
Saturday, June 23
The earlier-referenced PrideFest in Tower Grove Park offers entertainment on two stages, including talented songstress Shelby Lynne.
Middle Class Fashion, The Union Electric, Bo and the Locomotive and Jump Starts are among many local acts, with the fourth release in the STL: LOUD local comp series being celebrated here.
Unfortunately, I don’t see a schedule for the stages on the official website; perhaps there’ll be one by the weekend.
Large-ensemble, smartly-crafted pop will be featured when the Educated Guess — accompanied by the Emperor Norton Brass — perform at the rarely-cited venue the Chapel (6238 Alexander – near Skinker and Wydown).
Andy Conrad provides support of unknown style.
This starts at 7:30, with a $5 cover (all-ages — and may include one or two beverages). Smoke-free.
Scott H. Biram / Lydia Loveless
Off Broadway 3509 Lemp 8:30 door/9 start $12 (+3 under 21) Smoke-free
Austin’s self-proclaimed dirty old one-man band, SH.B explores a country/blues vein, with a rockin’ edge.
Columbus, OH’s LL is a young woman with an old, world-weary one’s perspective in her songs, which blend traditional country sounds with a brash rock attitude.
Your humble servant,