All Aboard for Fun Times: St. Louis show highlights for 12/21-12/23

All Aboard for Fun Times Train

Several last-minute gifts of music before a couple of silent nights — all assuming the Mayans were wrong, of course.

Friday, December 21

The Last Show on Earth
Bo and the Locomotive / Magic City / Pretty Little Empire / Old Lights / Yankee Racers
Off Broadway 3509 Lemp 6:30 door/7 start $5 advance/8 door (+3 under 21 – all-ages) Smoke-free

Five fine acts convene to usher in the End Times.

Bo and the Locomotive play emotive rock with pop and folk touches (frontman Bo Bulawsky is the son of Magic City leader Larry).

Powerful rock with a dark vibe from the fabulous Magic City.

Folk-ish rock sounds that run from mellow to manic from Pretty Little Empire.

Sophisticated, popish rock, with great vocals, from Old Lights.

Yankee Racers is a project of Curt Brewer (Kentucky Knife Fight, Old Lights) and Chicago’s Nathan Jatcko offering tasteful, folk-tinged pop-rock.

Perhaps in anticipation of the End Times, the annual Brian Henneman solo show at Iron Barley (5510 Virginia), which usually takes place on Christmas night, moves to tonight at 11 p.m.

Cover is $10 (I assume 21+). This is a very intimate space; arrive early if want to find a good spot.

Saturday, December 22

Lookout Joe — the laid-back country cover band formed by Brian Henneman and Kip Loui when Diesel Island drummer Mark Ortmann relocated (making shows by the latter infrequent) — will play an even mellower set at Focal Point (2720 Sutton), going unplugged for the night.

This starts at 8 p.m., with a $10 cover (all-ages). Smoke-free.

7 Shot Screamers / Doom Town / Lonesome Cowboy Ryan and His Dried-up Teardrops
Firebird 2706 Olive 8:30 door/9 start $10 (+3 18-20) Smoke-free

Singer Mike Leahy comes in from L.A. for a visit, allowing 7 Shot Screamers to perform their potent blend of punk and rockabilly sounds again.

A blend of punk and hard rock from Doom Town.

Lonesome Cowboy Ryan and His Dried-up Teardrops are the South City Three (without Pokey LaFarge), dishing out some old-school honky tonk.

Schlafly Tap Room (2100 Locust) hosts a show headlined by smooth soul masters Ransom Note, joined by one-man kook-rock act Horsey Drawers and rockers Popular Mechanics.

This starts at 9 p.m. and is free (all-ages, but minors must be with an adult). Smoke-free.

A big show full of country, country-rock, rockabilly and more roots styles occurs at the Way Out Club (2525 S. Jefferson), with Butcher Holler, Reverend Whiskey Richard & The Holy Rollers, The BOB Band and Reverend Matt providing the sounds.

This starts around 9 p.m., with a $7 cover (21+ only). Smoke-free.

Carriage House offers rock with a Velvet Underground-meets-Crazy Horse vibe at Mangia Italiano (3145 S. Grand) starting around 11.

This is free (21+ only) and smoke-free.

Sunday, December 23

Rum Drum Ramblers / Chicago Blues Angels / The Hobosexuals
Off Broadway 3509 Lemp 7 door/7:30 start $5 advance/8 door (+3 under 21 – all-ages) Smoke-free

Vintage jazz/blues sounds from Rum Drum Ramblers, who release a new single this evening.

Chicago Blues Angels play a mix of vintage rock, rockabilly and blues. A country/folk blend from the Hobosexuals.

Your humble servant,

Dick Caveat