All Aboard for Fun Times: St. Louis show highlights for 3/9-3/11

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Here’s a weekend plus edition — the plus covering a big festival that runs through Monday.

Saturday March, 9

It’s the second night of South by South City (aka SXSCity) – a local fest doing a small-scale riff on Austin’s South by Southwest mega-one – at Off Broadway (3509 Lemp).

The shows are a bargain at $5/night (3 more for 20-under, all-ages). Smoke-free.   

Tonight’s lineup (with a 7:00 door):

- a blend of country, folk and bluegrass from the Hobosexuals at 7:30, 
- unknown sounds from the still-not-seen-by-me Last To Show First To Go at 8:25,
- rock with ’60s pop influences from Jedi Nighties at 9:20,
- wicked, whipped up funk from The Jungle Fire at 10:15,
- a mix of soul, blues and funk from Superhero Killer at 11:10.
- a raucous rockabilly/blues/rock stew from Columbia, MO’s Hooten Hallers at 12:05.

The Gramophone (4243 Manchester) hosts a show offering roots-y solo sets by Johnny Hickman (of Cracker) and Ed Anderson (of Backyard Tire Fire).

Door at 8/show at 9, with a $10 advance/13 door cover (21+ only). Smoke-free.

Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers
Schlafly Bottleworks   7260 Southwest   9 start   Free (all ages – minors only with an adult)   Smoke-free
 
High-energy swing/rockabilly/jump-blues sounds from Miss Jubilee.

The late show at Mangia Italiano (3145 S. Grand) is supposed to be catchy pop-rockers FIREDOG, but I can’t confirm this anywhere but on the KDHX calendar. I assume there are other acts, but like I said…

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

Sunday, March 10

Night 3 of South by South City at Off Broadway.

Tonight’s lineup (with a 6:30 door):

- country and twangy folk from Jack Grelle & The Johnson Family at 7:15. 
- smooth soul from Ransom Note at 8:10.
- smart, Crowded House-esque pop-rock from Brotherfather at 9:05.
- I couldn’t find any music online for Lewis Dubbs and The Missouri Flyguys, who play at 10:15.
- gritty, passionate rock from Bob Reuter’s Alley Ghost at 11:10.

Reggae/ska riddems abound at Old Rock House (1200 S. 7th), courtesy of LA’s The Aggrolites, Cincy’s The Pinstripes and Unifyah.

Doors at 7/show at 8, with a $15 cover (all-ages). Smoke-free.

Blank Space (2847 Cherokee) hosts a show by Chicago’s Summer Girlfriends, who mix a bunch of old-school rock styles with punk and pop sounds.

The punk-ish rock of Bruiser Queen - and possibly another act TBA – provide support.

This starts at 9, with a $5 cover (21+ only). Smoke-free.

Monday, March 11

The festival proper wrapped up Sunday, but an after-party for South by South City at Off Broadway offers raw duo blues-rock from The Maness Brothers, rockabilly sounds from The Bible Belt Sinners and blues-/country-tinged rock from Carriage House.

Door at 8:30/show at 9, with a $5 cover  (3 more for 20-under, all-ages).

Your humble servant,

Dick Caveat

All Aboard for Fun Times: St. Louis show highlights for 2/8-2/9

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While last weekend was laden with options, that’s not the case this time; some venues are apparently ceding the weekend to Mardi Gras, while many of the remaining have bills that aren’t especially interesting to your humble servant.

Here’s what I’ve got:

Friday, February 8

I don’t usually list stand-up gigs, but I’ll make an exception for Judah Friedlander — ball-cap-wearing Frank on “30 Rock” — who appears tonight at the Firebird (2706 Olive).

Door at 7/show at 8, with a $20 cover (2 more 20-under, all-ages). Smoke-free.

The Right Now / DeRobert & The Half Truths
Off Broadway 3509 Lemp 8:30 door/9 start $10 (+3 under 21 – all-ages) Smoke-free

A night of dance-able, funky soul from both Chicago’s the Right Now and Nashville’s DeRobert & the Half Truths. Learn more about the show from Roy Kasten at the RFT.

Colonel Ford
Schlafly Bottleworks 7260 Southwest 9 start Free (minors only with an adult) Smoke-free

Vintage-styled honky-tonk and country sounds from the skilled veterans of Colonel Ford.

Saturday, February 9

Tift Merritt / David Wax Museum
Off Broadway 3509 Lemp 8 start (see door info below) $18 advance/20 door (+3 under 21 – all-ages) Smoke-free

NYC’s Tift Merritt is a very adept teller of tales woven in country/folk tapestries. Roy Kasten weighs in again at the RFT.

David Wax Museum offer a blend of traditional folk/grass styles with the Mexican son school of folk.

Note: The door opens at 7 for advance floor and (sold out) balcony tickets holders (purchase through the venue website), while those purchasing at the door can start entering at 7:30.

Cree Rider Family Band / Butcher Holler / Earl
The Heavy Anchor 5226 Gravois 9 start $5 (21+ only) Smoke-free

Country rock from Cree Rider Family Band.

Butcher Holler offer rock, rockabilly and country sounds.

Twang-ish rock from Earl.

Your humble servant,

Dick Caveat

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The month starts with a bang — and a chill!

Friday is overloaded (Saturday’s quite busy, as well), with cited-rarely-of-late venues Cicero’s and Plush back in the mix:

Friday, February 1

Kristeen Young / Bruiser Queen / CaveofswordS
Cicero’s 6691 Delmar 8 door/8:30 start $10 (17-up) Smoke-free

Former local and long-time NYC resident Kristeen Young is a captivating performer of dramatic, highly emotional songs.

High-energy pop-punk sounds from Bruiser Queen.

A blend of techno and trippy sounds from CaveofswordS.

Deadstring Brothers / Dock Ellis Band / The Bengsons
Plush 3224 Locust 8 door/9 start $8 (18+) Smoke-free

Nashville’s Deadstring Brothers (now singer/songwriter Kurt Marschke and an ever-changing band of players) offer a blend of country, rock and blues that evokes the early ’70s Rolling Stones and Gram Parsons.

Dock Ellis Band offer classic country covers and similarly styled, witty originals.

NYC’s the Bengsons are a Vaudevillian folk duo I didn’t get to preview.

Marleyfest 9 with Murder City Players and guests
Blueberry Hill Duck Room 6504 Delmar 8 door/9 start $20 (21+ only) Smoke-free

Warm your frigid body with some Caribbean vibes as our town’s reggae/ska institution Murder City Players lay down riddems for Prince Philip, Tony Rome, and several guest singers in their annual tribute to Rasta Man #1 Bob Marley.

So Many Dynamos mark a decade together making sophisticated pop-ish rock with a show at Off Broadway (3509 Lemp).

Openers Née have reason to celebrate, as well: the electro-pop act is releasing an EP tonight.

Door at 8/show at 9, with a $10 cover (3 more for 20-under – all-ages). Smoke-free.

Also on the celebration front, Firebird (2706 Olive) marks their 4th anniversary with four rock acts – Volcanos, the Breaks, the Brainstems and Roundheels.

Door at 8/show at 9, with a $5 cover (3 more for 18-20). Smoke-free.

Richard the Lionhearted / Blank Range / Boreal Hills
The Heavy Anchor 5226 Gravois 9 start $5 (21+ only) Smoke-free

Columbia, Mo.’s Richard the Lionhearted offers a blend of trippy and garage sounds.

Blank Range is a Nashville rock band; didn’t get to hear them.

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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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.

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Here’s the lowdown on El Leñador.

When dealing with the city over noise complaints at shows, it came to light that a clause — agreed to by the owners when getting licenses in 2006 — requires them to be closed by 11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; this made the end of Stag Nite at the venue all but inevitable, as late starts are a time-honored tradition for them.

While weekend and early weekday shows can continue, whether they will depends on a number of factors, including who may be willing to perform or book shows there (with their new policy on taking a percentage of the door that’s been overwhelmingly panned by the local music community).

There’s at least one more show Friday.

Some cool shows for a cooled-down weekend:

Friday, August 17

Guitarist/vocalist Mike Burgett (the Lettuce Heads) plays a rare solo show at Stone Spiral Coffee & Curios (2500 Sutton), running 8-10.

Donate what you will in the band jar — all-ages and smoke-free.

John Paul Keith & the One Four Fives / Yankee Racers / Brother Father
Blueberry Hill Duck Room 6504 Delmar 8 door/9 start $8 Smoke-free

John Paul Keith & the One Four Fives are a Memphis act that fans of party rock sounds from bands like NRBQ and The Skeletons should really dig; a mix of rock, R&B and soul styles centered by gunslinger guitar. Roy Kasten offers his opinion for the RFT.

Yankee Racers is a project of Curt Brewer (Kentucky Knife Fight) and Chicago’s Nathan Jatcko offering tasteful, folk-tinged pop-rock. I can’t track down any info on Brother Father.

The Brothers Gross / Middle Class Fashion / Bass Amp & Dano / Bruiser Queen
El Leñador 3124 Cherokee 8 door/9 start $? (21+ only) Smoke-free

Demotte, Ind.’s The Brothers Gross play a fun mix of rock/punk/garage sounds.

Middle Class Fashion offer catchy, piano-centric pop with tasty vocals — and are now a quartet, having added a synthesizer-playing member. Punk-ish rock from guitar/drums duos Bass Amp & Dano and Bruiser Queen.

Soulful rockers John Hardy & the Public — who’ve been off the scene for a while (due to his suffering a serious injury) — play at Off Broadway (3509 Lemp), along with Chicago’s Hemmngbirds and Jon Bonham & Friends.

Door at 8/show at 9, with an $8 cover (3 more for 20-under). Smoke-free.

Saturday, August 18

If you’re going to attend the show at 2720 (or even if you’re not) you should stop by Black Bear Bakery (2639 Cherokee) for An Uncontrollable Celebration, where you can enjoy a variety of food and drink and celebrate the recovery of bobEE Sweet (host of KDHX’s Uncontollable Urge) from a bout with cancer.

Peck of Dirt will perform around 7:30. A minimum donation of $10 gets you in.

Kristeen Young / CaveofswordS / Spectator / Adult Fur
2720 2720 Cherokee 8 door/8:30 start $7 (+3 18-20) Smoke-free

I’m a bit ambivalent about this show; your humble servant was not amused by Kristeen Young’s diva-esque refusal to play her last gig (at the Way Out Club, where she apparently thought it would be possible to sound as loud/clear as she would at larger venues like this one).

That being said, the former local — a long-time resident of NYC — is a captivating performer of dramatic, highly-emotional songs.

Trippy, techno-rock sounds from CaveofswordS. Spectator offer lush ensemble-pop sounds. I haven’t witnessed Adult Fur (aka Ryan McNeely).

The Vondrukes / Karate Bikini / Violet White
The Heavy Anchor 5226 Gravois 9 start $5 Smoke-free

A twangy array of sounds — with a potent three-guitar attack — from the Vondrukes.

Distinctive, finely-crafted pop-ish rock from Karate Bikini.

Violet White is an alter-ego of Ellen the Felon Cook, playing covers (and possibly some originals).

Your humble servant,

Dick Caveat