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).
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).
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.
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,