All Aboard for Fun Times: St. Louis show highlights for 1/18-1/20

All Aboard for Fun Times Train

We’ve got a new venue open in town, Voce, located downtown in the retail space of the public garage across from City Hall.

Another one that’s been pretty dormant of late: The Fox Hole in Atomic Cowboy (on Manchester in the Grove) is being re-branded as the Demo and booked with gusto (including the fiery, blues-tinged rock act Vintage Trouble in February; I figured that band would be tagged for the Pageant at this point.

Between these, the venues opened in recent months on Cherokee, Nico (on Delmar in the Loop) and Cusumano’s Pizza (on Manchester near the city border) joining all the prior options, I fear our town is way beyond saturation for the size of our music-loving population. Hope I’m wrong and there’s enough business to go around.

Here’s your three-day forecast (cue the smooth jazz):

A reminder that, in addition to the shows listed, the Bad Plus play Jazz at the Bistro (3536 Washington) tonight through Saturday.

Friday, January 18

Doc Ellis: Maximum Offense / The Griddle Kids / Doc Ellis’ Awesome Possum
Off Broadway 3509 Lemp 7:30 door/8 start $3 minimum suggested donation (all-ages) Smoke-free

Tonight is billed as the “Irene Allen-Sullivan and Sarah Jones’ Sweet 16 Birthday Party”; not sure what this means, as the ladies aren’t old, but they aren’t 16 either.

Doc Ellis: Maximum Offense is a non-sensitive, adults-only take on traditional country sounds.

Upbeat mellow folk from the Griddle Kids.

Doc Ellis’ Awesome Possum has the band paying tribute to country icon George Jones.

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 Cafe (2726 Sutton).

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

Saturday, January 19

Tom Hall, well-known Resophonic guitar player (recently as a solo performer and in Boss Hall) and former KDHX DJ, had a mishap that left him with a broken collarbone. Since he can’t play/earn a living, friends have organized “Tips for Tom: A Benefit Tom Hall,” happening from 11 to 7 at the Shanti (825 Allen).

Here are some details that were messaged to me:

“Various musicians will be performing from 11-3:30 including Dave Black, Johnny Vegas, Charlie Pfeffer, Vince Corkry, Thane Bradford, and Bob Case. 4-7 will be Liquid Gold. We are going to have a silent auction (auction items include art by Robert Ferd Frank, Craig Downs, and Margaret Stage), 50/50 raffle, and food provided by Bill Huber, Pappy’s Smokehouse, and Joanie’s Pizza. All proceeds go to Tom Hall. There is a $10 suggested donation at the door.”

Please note: This venue is very smoker-friendly, so assume it’s only for folks 21-up.

If you don’t want to encounter the smoke, you can still donate.

Old Lights / Demonlover / Bad Dates
Off Broadway 3509 Lemp 8:30 door/9 show $7 advance (+3 under 21) Smoke-free

This show celebrates the initial release in Tower Groove Records’ monthly singles subscription series — both acts occupy a side of the disc.

Sophisticated pop from Old Lights (playing their last show for a while – time to make a new album) and hard-to-describe, powerful sounds from Demonlover. I can’t find anything on Bad Dates.

The Nevermores / Boreal Hills / Richard the Lionhearted
Way Out Club 2523 S. Jefferson 9:30 start $? Smoke-free

A driving mix of psychedelic-tinged garage sounds from Edgar Allan Poe fans the Nevermores.

Chicago’s Boreal Hills are a guitar/drums duo into heavy, blues-tinged rock.

Columbia, Mo.’s Richard the Lionhearted offer a blend of trippy and garage sounds. The band will also be playing an in-store at Euclid Records at 3.

Tonight’s late show at Mangia Italiano (3145 S. Grand) offers a contrast: mellow country-folk from Mister Blackcat and raging, dirty blues from the Maness Brothers.

This starts after 11, and is free (21+ only). Smoke-free

Sunday, January 20

Psych-rockers Troubadour Dali wrap up their January residency tonight at Off Broadway.

Joining them tonight are sophisticated pop-rockers the Educated Guess; not sure if they’ll be accompanied by their string and/or horn sections.

Door at 7:30, show at 8. This is free, but for 21+ folks only.

An evening of folk and folk-pop happens at Lemmons (5800 Gravois), headlined by much buzzed-about Brotherfather.

Joining them are two duos – Chicago’s Coed Pageant and our own Spot Ons, along with a solo performance by Andy Hyland.

This starts at 8, with a $5 cover (21+ only). Smoke-free.

Your humble servant,

Dick Caveat