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All Aboard for Fun Times: St. Louis show highlights for August 28-31, 2014

All Aboard for Fun Times: St. Louis show highlights for August 28-31, 2014 / Jim Crossley
Written by Dick Caveat

Plenty of options await you this holiday weekend:

Thursday, August 28

Chris Ruest Blues Band (Austin, Texas) visit Blues City Deli (2438 McNair), playing their mix of traditional, boogie and jump styles.

This runs 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and is free (all ages). Be prepared to stand outside.


The Heavy Anchor (5226 Gravois) hosts an evening of punk and punk-pop sounds from Hard Girls (San Jose, California), Broadcaster (Long Island, New York) and Black for a Second.

This starts at 9 p.m., with a $5 cover (21+ only).

Friday, August 29

The annual Big Muddy Blues Festival happens on Laclede's Landing through Sunday, starting with a free (all-ages) local band showcase tonight at 6 p.m. Two afternoons/evenings of ticketed acts follow.

Full details here.


Atomic Cowboy (4140 Manchester) hosts the Hollyweird Patio Party featuring the current edition of original-era West Coast punk band the Weirdos (Los Angeles).

Black Panties, Al Bundie's Army and Ded Bugs provide appropriate support.

Door at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m., with a $10 cover (age restriction unknown). This is outside.


Ass Pocket of Whiskey: a St. Louis tribute to R.L. Burnside
Off Broadway (3509 Lemp)
7 p.m. door/8 p.m. start; $7 (+3 20-under; all ages, but 17-under must be with an adult)

Several acts -- Ranger Dave, Derek Parker, Billy Skelton, the Maness Brothers, Crashboom Girl and Richie Darling & the Diamond Cut Blues Band -- play in tribute to the Delta bluesman.


The Heavy Anchor hosts a show headlined by the fun, primal mix of punk/surf/rock of DinoFight!

Two bands I haven't seen or heard -- Blight Future and Van Buren -- round out the bill.

This starts at 9 p.m., with a $5 cover (21+ only).

Saturday, August 30

The Big Muddy Blues Festival continues, starting at 3 p.m.


A rare-these-days show by punk-poppers Bunnygrunt -- to celebrate the birthday of drummer Eric Von Damage -- happens at the Engine Room at Feraro's (7700 Ivory).

Also performing will be their good buddy Rob Severson -- aka Googolplexia -- along with a bunch of surprise guests.

This starts at 9 p.m., with a $5 cover (21+ only).


The happy, hook-filled pop of FIREDOG fills the intimate space at Venice Café (1903 Pestalozzi), along with the dramatic, often humorous cabaret-style piano sounds of Ellen the Felon.

This starts at 9 p.m. with (probably) a $5 cover (21+ only). Cash only.


Diesel Island take their catalog of '70s country jukebox covers to C.J. Muggs (101 W. Lockwood).

This starts at 9 p.m. and is free (assume 21+).

Sunday, August 31

The Gramophone (4243 Manchester) hosts Creefest, offering more than 12 hours of roots-focused sounds.

On the Main Stage:

  • School of Rock St. Louis House Band (1 p.m.)
  • Beth Bombara (2:30 p.m.)
  • The Thin Dimes (3:45 p.m.)
  • The Bottoms Up Blues Gang (5 p.m.)
  • Old Capital Square Dance Club (6:15 p.m.)
  • Runaway Barge (7:30 p.m.)
  • Pistols & the Sisters (8:45 p.m.)
  • Cree Rider Family Band (10 p.m.)
  • Matt Morgan & the Mayday -- a Toronto band fronted by a former local (midnight)

On the Porch Stage:

  • ARR!!! (2 p.m.)
  • Dana Michael Anderson (3:15 p.m.)
  • The Barn Mice (4:30 p.m.)
  • Matthias Schmidt (5:45 p.m.)
  • The Fog Lights (7 p.m.)
  • Cowpuncher Jenny (8:15 p.m.)
  • County Graves (9:30 p.m.)

Door at noon, with a $10 cover (all ages). Food available.


The Big Muddy Blues Festival concludes, starting at 3 p.m.


Off Broadway hosts an EP release show for folk-grass outfit Drown Fish, joined by proggish rock from the Pat Sajak Assassins and surprise sounds from Matt Harnish's Pink Guitar Super-Secret Super Group, which is rumored to include his Bunnygrunt bandmates.

Door at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., with a $7 cover (+3 20-under; all ages, but 17-under must be with an adult).

Your Humble Servant,
Dick Caveat

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