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All Aboard for Fun Times: St. Louis show highlights for August 1-2, 2014

All Aboard for Fun Times: St. Louis show highlights for August 1-2, 2014 flickr.com/photos/raindog/50576069 / Jim Crossley
Written by Dick Caveat
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It's not just tasty music in this edition -- except for the first show listed, every venue offers options to chow down while you get down with some fine acts:

Friday, August 1

Fans of outlaw country cover-masters Diesel Island can catch them in an intimate, quieter atmosphere when they take to the stage at the Focal Point (2720 Sutton).

This starts at 8 p.m. (no door time listed -- I'm sure it opens at least 30 minutes before), with a $10 advance/15 door cover (all ages).

Advance tickets through this link.

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Livery Company (3211 Cherokee) hosts an evening of powerhouse vocalists and food, headlined by soul singer Roland Johnson.

Also appearing are soul-stress Raye Cole and rockabilly act Bible Belt Sinners.  The organization Food Not Bombs will be selling BBQ on the patio to raise funds.

This starts at 9 p.m., with a $7 cover (21+ only).

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Jedi Nighties / the Carondelettes / Fat Tramp Food Stamp
Schlafly Tap Room (2100 Locust)
9 p.m. start; free (all ages, but minors must be with an adult)

A recently revamped roster for Jedi Nighties, who now have a more sensual, '70s rock sound than their previous '60s pop-rock one.

Raucous, garageish rock from the Carondelettes.

Fat Tramp Food Stamp offer a distinctive mix of hard rock, blues, country and bluegrass sounds.

Saturday, August 2

Off Broadway (3509 Lemp) hosts the Funky Butt Brass Band Fish Fry, which will feature fried catfish, coleslaw and cornbread to go with some funky, New Orleans second-line-styled sounds.

Door at 6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m., with a $7 cover (+3 20-under; all ages, but 17 and under must be adult-accompanied) that includes food.

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The Washington Beach Bums / Chill Dawgs / Vanilla Beans / Bassamp & Dano
The Heavy Anchor (5226 Gravois)
9 pm. start; $5 (21+ only)

Punk-/pop-ish party rock from the Washington Beach Bums (Columbus, Ohio).

Similar sounds from Chill Dawgs.

Upbeat electro-pop from Vanilla Beans.

Energetic punk-pop from Bassamp & Dano.

Swing DeVille
Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest)
9 p.m. start; free (minors only with adults)

Fans of western swing or jazz artists like Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli will dig Swing DeVille -- sweet sounds from players with serious chops.

Your Humble Servant,
Dick Caveat

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