Friday, May 16
Bobby Bare Jr. / Brian Henneman and Kip Loui
Off Broadway (3509 Lemp)
8 p.m. door/9 p.m. start; $15 (+3 20-under; all ages, but 17-under must be adult-accompanied)
It's difficult describing the music of Bobby Bare Jr. (Nashville); he mashes all kinds of sounds together, resulting in -- pop-icana? Whatever it is, it's very, very good -- as are his bands, joining him here tonight, in celebration of the release of a new album.
Brian Henneman and Kip Loui bring a stripped-down version of their Diesel Island and Lookout Joe selections to open.
The Heavy Anchor (5226 Gravois) offers a bill of garage rock from Strangefellas (Lebanon, Missouri)and surf-folk from the Itch (Joplin, Missouri), along with unheard-by-me rock from Runoff and the Stiffs.
This starts at 9 p.m., with a $5 (21+ only) cover.
Saturday, May 17
Chicago's Morry Sochat and the Special 20's bring swinging jazz and vintage blues sounds to Blues City Deli (2648 McNair).
This runs 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and is free (all ages).
Note: they'll also appear at Beale on Broadway (701 S. Broadway) tonight at 10:30 p.m.. Cover is $7 (21+ only). The baseball game occurs during the day -- not a problem.
A note about the next two shows: Taste of Maplewood is also occurring, which may make access/parking a challenge.
Mellow country-folk from Salt of the Earth can be heard at Stone Spiral Coffee and Curios (2500 Sutton).
This runs 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and is by donation (all ages).
Scott Kay & the Continentals
Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest)
9 p.m. start; free (all ages, minors only with an adult)
A tasty array of rockabilly, swing and country sounds from Scott Kay and the Continentals.
Popular Mechanics / Mutts / The Union Electric
Schlafly Tap Room (2100 Locust)
9 p.m. start; free (all ages, but minors must be with an adult)
Pop-ish rock from Popular Mechanics.
Chicago trio Mutts have a gritty, blues-rock sound that's reminiscent of Black Diamond Heavies.
Folk-tinged rock with thoughtful lyrics from the Union Electric.
The late show at Mangia Italiano (3145 S. Grand) features art-/glam-rock outfit Tory Z. Starbuck Project.
This starts after 11 p.m. and is free (21+ only).
Sunday, May 18
Swinging jazz outfit Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers play a kid-friendly show on the Stage at KDHX (3524 Washington).
This starts at noon (the restaurant opens at 10 a.m.) and cover is $10 at the door (very young kids -- 2 and under -- get in free).
Your Humble Servant,