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All Aboard for Fun Times: St. Louis show highlights for June 27-29, 2014

All Aboard for Fun Times: St. Louis show highlights for June 27-29, 2014 flickr.com/photos/raindog/50576069 / Jim Crossley
Written by Dick Caveat
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I don't have a lot of shows to recommend for this weekend, but there's plenty of music to be heard -- especially if you attend the 20-plus-act festival Saturday:

Friday, June 27

Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis / Brian Henneman and Kip Loui
Off Broadway (3509 Lemp)
7:30 p.m. door/8 p.m. start; $15 advance/20 door (+3 20-under; all ages, but 17-under must be adult-accompanied)

Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis (Austin, Texas) are spouses -- and accomplished performers in the country/singer-songwriter genres.

Brian Henneman and Kip Loui offer stripped-down versions of Bottle Rockets originals and country covers from their Diesel Island and Lookout Joe projects.

The Janson Gates / Accelerando / Kadu Flyer
The Engine Room at Feraro's (7700 Ivory)
9 p.m. start; $5 (21+ only)

I haven't seen/heard the Janson Gates.

Accelerando offer a distinctive rock sound that resembles Highway Matrons -- which guitarist/vocalist Mark Stephens also fronted -- but with a less cacophonous vibe.

A heavy blend of space/psych rock from Kadu Flyer.

Saturday, June 28

The Whiskey War Festival 2014 offers a full day of bands at VFW Post 2866 (66 VFW Lane) in St. Charles.

A wide variety of local and touring acts will play on three stages, running for more than 11 hours.  The Facebook event page has a full listing of acts.

Food will be available, along with artists and vendors selling their wares.

This opens at 12 noon, with music starting at 1 p.m.  Cover is $10 (all ages -- not sure whether children are free/discounted).

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Dramatic cabaret-pop songstress Ellen Cook -- aka Ellen the Felon -- celebrates her birthday at the Engine Room at Feraro's.

In addition to a (likely) set from the birthday girl, a number of other acts will perform:

  • intriguing solo folk from Whiskey Ginger,
  • noisy, punkish rock from Tiger Rider,
  • obscure solo covers from Matt Harnish's Pink Guitar, and
  • folk-rock from the Defeated County.

Drag performer Hypatia de DeBeavoire will act as emcee.

This starts at 8 p.m., with a $5 cover (21+ only).

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Junior Brown
Beale on Broadway (701 S. Broadway)
10:30 p.m. start; $25 (21+ only)

The man in the white hat -- with the wild axe -- returns; Junior Brown (Austin, Texas) brings his entertaining mix of roots/country styles and killer chops to town for what's become an annual visit.

Sunday, June 29

The David Mayfield Parade / Cold Hearted Strangers
Blueberry Hill Duck Room (6504 Delmar)
8 p.m. door/9 p.m. start; $12.50 advance/14 door (21+ only)

The David Mayfield Parade (Nashville, Tennessee) features the very talented multi-instrumentalist (and brother of Jessica Lea Mayfield -- good music genes) performing a mix of roots styles, combined with some "Hee Haw"-quality humor and often-adventurous physical antics -- a self-contained variety show.

Cold Hearted Strangers are a trio of talented local band vets playing a laid-back pop/rock/folk blend.

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I'm sorry to hear that Lemmons will soon be no more; many good times (and good burgers) were had there, although it sometimes felt like I could grow a beard waiting to get a drink. They may be closed by the time you read this.

Your Humble Servant,
Dick Caveat

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