Friday, July 4
Wussy / Rough Shop
Plush (3224 Locust)
7 p.m. door/8 p.m. start; $8 advance/10 door (18+ only)
A potent mix of twang, drone, hooks and yearning lyrics from Wussy (Cincinnati).
Smartly crafted songs ranging from quiet folk to midtempo rock from Rough Shop.
Atomic Cowboy (4140 Manchester) celebrates the holiday with a big bang on its outdoor stage when local hero Clownvis visits from L.A. to (allegedly) perform as a human cannonball!
He'll also perform his comedy/music routines, and punk-pop duo Bruiser Queen will play.
Door at 4 p.m. (a special outdoor BBQ menu will be available starting then), show at 9 p.m., with a $10 cover (no age info listed).
Livery Company (3211 Cherokee) hosts a holiday party headlined by the corn-pone humorized songs of couple duo Chickens and Pigs (Atlanta), backed by a local all-star band.
Sets from Fred Friction, Zach "Zacksquatch" Sloan and Old Capital Square Dance Club round out the bill.
This starts at 8 p.m. with a $5 cover (21+ only). BBQ will be available, and some fireworks will occur. Some events will be outside.
Saturday, July 5
Diesel Island bring their '70s country jukebox sounds -- probably in a more mellow vibe -- to the Harvest Sessions series at the Tower Grove Farmers Market (Tower Grove Park).
This runs 10 a.m. to noon and is free (all ages). Outside.
Off Broadway (3509 Lemp) continues its tradition of hosting a food and music show over the holiday -- this year it's the Off Broadway Jameson Catfish Fry.
A $10 cover (all ages -- no surcharge) gets you catfish (with slaw and cornbread, I believe), along with solo sets from country funnyman Jesse Irwin (the Dock Ellis Band) and folk-grass stylist Pat Eagan (ex-Monads and Royal Smokestacks), then a lengthy set from John Paul Keith and the 145s (Memphis) offering a wide array of rock styles with blazing guitar work.
Door and food at 6 p.m., with music at 7 p.m.
Livery Company hosts a show headlined by a twangy blend of country and rock from Erica Blinn & the Handsome Machine (Columbus, Ohio).
Country/folk with a touch of blues from Cara Louise Band and passionate blues from Miss Molly Simms will also be heard.
This starts at 9 p.m., with a $5 (21+ only) cover.
Sunday, July 6
Two Tone-era ska revivalists the English Beat return again to the Blueberry Hill Duck Room (6504 Delmar). The absence of all original members but Dave Wakeling is somewhat disappointing, but I've heard positive things about the current roster from prior visits.
Rocksteady Flyers open with a mix of ska and rocksteady sounds.
Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., with a $25 advance/27.50 door cover (21+ only).
Your Humble Servant,