All Aboard for Fun Times: St. Louis show highlights for 8/9-8/11

All Aboard for Fun Times Train

Along with the KDHX-welcomed Open Highway Festival that runs Thursday-Sunday, here are some other options for the period:

Thursday, August 9

Here’s something that doesn’t happen a lot – a record shop in-store that’s the only chance to see an act in town.

Brown County, Ind.’s Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, just-released album in tow, bring their whipped-up mix of vintage blues, country and folk to Vintage Vinyl (6610 Delmar) for a free show that starts at 7.

Lookout Joe
Schlafly Bottleworks 7260 Southwest 7-10 Free (minors only with parents) Smoke-free

A tasty array of rockabilly, blues, country and rock covers from LJ.

Friday, August 10

Painkillers / Accelerando / Fred Friction
Schlafly Tap Room 2100 Locust 9 start Free (minors only with adults) Smoke-free

P are a second-wave pop-rock act that became favorites of our early-to-mid ’80s scene. Although guitarist/vocalist Jeff Barbush passed some time ago, the other members are joined by Sean Garcia (ex-Tinhorn) to resurrect their jangly sounds.

Accelerando offers a distinctive sound that resembles Highway Matrons, which guitarist/vocalist Mark Stephens also fronted, but with a less cacophonous vibe.

Heartfelt, booze-soaked ballardy from FF

Saturday, August 11

Old Rock House (1200 S. 7th) hosts Farms Rock, a benefit concert for EarthDance Farms
A variety of sounds are offered from Barn Animals, Fight for Midnight, Peach, Scarlet Tanager, Black Bears, and Bible Belt Sinners. A raffle will also occur.

Doors at 6:30, show at 7:30, with a $10 cover (18+ only). Smoke-free.

Broncho / Bug Chaser / Animal Empty / Leather Tramp
Firebird 2706 Olive 8:30 door/9 start $8 advance/10 door (+3 20-under) Smoke-free

Tulsa’s B offer quick, catchy, driving tunes that mix punk with pop and garage styles.

BC offer up noisy, distorted punk with an art-rock edge — Devo cranked to 11 through laptop speakers.

Broody, piano-focused rock from AE.

Minimalist rock from LT – heavy on the fuzz.

Wanda Jackson / Little Rachel / Carolyn Flood
Blueberry Hill Duck Room 6504 Delmar 8 door/9 start $20 advance/25 door (21+ only) Smoke-free

Wanda Jackson, aka the First Lady of Rockabilly, is still going strong as she closes in on 75.

LR packs a powerful vocal punch, performing in vintage ‘40s-‘50s R&B style.

CF appears to be a former local/current Nashvillian – couldn’t find any music to preview.

Sunday, August 12

Welsh musical chameleon Gruff Rhys is appearing at the Contemporary Art Museum (3750 Washington), with Adam Reichmann opening. Doors 7, show at 8. Details.

Your humble servant,

Dick Caveat