All Aboard for Fun Times: St. Louis show highlights for 11/16-11/18

All Aboard for Fun Times Train

Many options for a busy weekend of a very busy month:

Friday, November 16

Jimmy Smith-esque organ jazz continues, courtesy of Philly’s Joey Defrancesco, at Jazz at the Bistro tonight and Saturday. Sets at 7:30 and 9:30 each night.

Carolina Chocolate Drops perform at the Sheldon (3648 Washington).

Excerpted from the venue website:

“Presenting a modern take on a traditional sound, the Drops return for the Sheldon Sessions, Friday, November 16. With their eclectic mix of old-time string music, hip-hop, soul and bluegrass, the Grammy-winning group has toured around the world.”

This starts at 8 p.m. sharp, with tickets starting at $25.

The Sidemen, a jazz project that includes members of many other enjoyable acts (Swing Set, the Lettuce Heads, Western Satellites, Box of Nerves, etc.), play at Maya Café (2726 Sutton).

This starts at 8 p.m., I don’t think there’s a cover. Smoke-free.

The prodigal son of a b…, ah, gun (hey, this is a family-friendly post) returns!

Johnny Vega$ spends a night back at El Leñador (3124 Cherokee), bringing a four-act show with him.

Enjoy fuzzed-out fun rock from one-man act Horsey Drawers, then country/folk from Austin’s Tom VandenAvond, followed by a country/bluegrass/folk blend from Eugene, Ore. trio The Harmed Brothers and concluded by bluesy folk with wry wit from Zak Marmelefsky.

This starts around 9 p.m., with a $5 cover (21+ only). Smoke-free. TACOS!!!

The Trip Daddys / Butcher Holler
The Gramophone 4243 Manchester 8:30 door/9:30 start $5 (+2 18-20) Smoke-free

High-octane, kinda-billy rock from the Trip Daddys. Country, rockabilly and rock sounds from Butcher Holler.

Saturday, November 17

The dB’s / Outside World
Blueberry Hill Duck Room 6504 Delmar 8 door/9 start $15 advance/17.50 door (21+ only) Smoke-free

Power-pop cult legends the dB’s return for the first time in ages.

Mike Appelstein provides a preview, and a Q&A with Peter Holsapple, for the RFT.

I didn’t have time to check out Outside World.

John Henry & the Engine / The Feed / The Sun and the Sea
Off Broadway 3509 Lemp 8:30 door/9 start $10 (+3 under 21/all ages) Smoke-free

Rootsy, bluesy rock, with a late-’70s/early-’80s bar band vibe, from Columbia, Mo.’s John Henry & the Engine.

Skillful, potent rock with a blues vibe from the Feed. I’m not familiar with the Sun and the Sea.

Peck of Dirt / Actual Wolf / Butcher Holler
Schlafly Tap Room 2100 Locust 9 start Free (minors only with adults) Smoke-free

Peck of Dirt, now pared down to a rock trio, perform the brooding compositions of Sherman E. Sherman.

I haven’t heard Actual Wolf. Butcher Holler as described above.

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 Scott Kay and Co.

Supersuckers / Fat Tramp Food Stamp / Ded Bugs
Firebird 2706 Olive 8 door/9 start $15 (+3 18-20) Smoke-free

Seattle’s Supersuckers play a fired-up country/punk mix.

I saw Fat Tramp Food Stamp once, but what I heard wasn’t much like what I heard online, I’ll reserve judgement.

Ded Bugs offer infectious pop-punk melodies with a hint of metal riffage.

A nice way to end the night happens at Mangia Italiano (3145 S. Grand), with some tasty jazz licks of the vintage ilk from Tommy Halloran’s Swing Party.

This will start around 11 p.m. Free (21+) and smoke-free.

Sunday, November 18

The Boogers
Off Broadway 3509 Lemp 2:30 door/3 start $8 advance/10 door (free for 1 and under, all-ages) Smoke-free

Got a little Converse-shod maelstrom or two running around your digs? You may enjoy taking them to see the Boogers, a Ramones-influenced band geared to the coolest kids on the block.

Your humble servant,

Dick Caveat