All Aboard for Fun Times: St. Louis show highlights for 1/4-1/6

All Aboard for Fun Times Train

After a busy 2012 wrap-up, 2013 is off to a somewhat laid-back start Friday — but it picks up steam:

Friday, January 4

Box of Nerves
Venice Café 1903 Pestalozzi 9 p.m. start, $? (usually 5) Smoke-free

A fun country, rock and more grab bag of originals and covers from Box of Nerves.

Saturday, January 5

A free afternoon show of vintage jazz/blues-styled sounds from Rum Drum Ramblers happens at Blues City Deli (2438 McNair).

This runs 1-3:30, and is free (all-ages). Smoke-free.

If you plan to attend the big Schlafly anniversary party at the Pageant (6161 Delmar) with the Bottle Rockets, Bunnygrunt and Old Lights, know this: Passes were given out at above-capacity levels (anticipating “no-show” occurrences), so those who hope to show up later in the show may be turned away — even with the passes.

Doors at 7 p.m., and 21+ only.

The Trophy Mules / Fred Friction / Butcher Holler
Schlafly Tap Room 2100 Locust 9 start Free (minors only with adults) Smoke-free

A mix of country, folk and rock sounds from the Trophy Mules.

Heartfelt, booze-soaked balladry from Fred Friction.

Butcher Holler offers rock, rockabilly and country sounds.

Sunday, January 6

Lemmons (5800 Gravois) hosts a bill headlined by Chicago roots-rockers the Shams Band. Also appearing are rockers this City of Takers and Bob Reuter’s Lost Monkey, along with the aforementioned Fred Friction.

This starts at 7 p.m., with a $5 cover (21+ only). Smoke-free.

A four-act bill of punk-pop — touring acts the Queers and the Manges, along with Bass Amp & Dan-O and the Haddonfields — play at Fubar (3108 Locust).

Doors at 7, show at 7:30, with a $12 cover (all-ages). Smoke-free.

Troubadour Dali / Little Big Bangs
Off Broadway 3509 Lemp 7:30 door/8 start Free (21+ only) Smoke-free

Psych-rockers Troubadour Dali hold another January residency here — this is the first of three shows.

Energetic, noisy post-punk from Little Big Bangs.

Your humble servant,

Dick Caveat