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All Aboard for Fun Times: St. Louis show highlights for 4/11-4/12/14

All Aboard for Fun Times: St. Louis show highlights for 4/11-4/12/14 / Jim Crossley
Written by Dick Caveat
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Attention, jangly pop-rock fans! Plush hosts the legendary Flamin' Groovies on their reunion tour Thursday, May 8. Tickets are on sale via Brown Paper Tickets.

Here's the weekend:

Friday, April 11

An interesting blend of rock, folk and blues -- with a string band vibe -- is offered by Honey & the 45s (Chicago) at BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups (700 S. Broadway). The good news: it's only $5 to attend (21+ only). The bad news: this starts at 7 p.m. with a Cards game kicking off about the same time, so parking will be difficult and (likely) very expensive.


Little Big Bangs / Bug Chaser / Middle Class Fashion
Schlafly Tap Room (2100 Locust)
9 p.m., free (all-ages, but minors must be with an adult)

Energetic, propulsive and sometimes-chaotic post-punk from Little Big Bangs, who celebrate an album release.

Bug Chaser offer manic, noisy, distorted art-punk.

Keyboard-centric pop-rock from Middle Class Fashion.


Another album release takes place tonight at Lemmons (5800 Gravois), when longtime full-throttle, billy-esque rockers the Trip Daddys offer up their latest.  Hot "jump" blues/swing sounds from Robbie & the Rockin' Fools opens the show.  This starts at 9 p.m. with a $5 cover (21+ only).


William Elliott Whitmore / Austin Lucas
Off Broadway (3509 Lemp)
8 p.m. door, 9 p.m. start; $12 (+3 20-under; all-ages, but 17-under must be with an adult)

William Elliott Whitmore (Montrose, Iowa) is a true folk troubadour, with strong lyricism and a compelling presence.

Solo acoustic songs ranging from ballads to rockers -- with plenty of twang -- from Austin Lucas (Nashville, Tenn.).

Colonel Ford
Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest)
9 p.m. start   Free (all-ages, but minors must be with an adult)

Vintage-styled honky-tonk and country sounds from the skilled veterans of Colonel Ford.

Saturday, April 12

The second edition of Lo-Fi Cherokee takes place at numerous locations along the street, running from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Sixteen acts will have videos shot by Bill Streeter and his capable crew.  A full schedule is online.


After a full day of music on Cherokee, two venues at each end of the district keep the fun going:

Foam (3359 S. Jefferson) offers a show featuring the pleasing loops/synth pop of Syna So Pro, solo folk-pop from Pretty Little Empire frontman Justin Johnson and unknown-to-me sounds from Anna Vogelzang and Jes Kramer. This starts at 9 p.m., with a donation requested (all-ages).

Livery Company (3211 Cherokee) hosts the Latin-infused rock/funk mix of Soleb Theory (Wichita, Kan.), along with the rock/country blend of Runaway Barge and folk/blues sounds from Paul Lampert. This starts at 9 p.m., with a $5 cover (21+ only).


The Hobosexuals / Ian McGowan and the Good Deeds / Skekses
Schlafly Tap Room (2100 Locust)
9 p.m. start, free (all-ages, but minors must be with an adult)

The Hobosexuals offer a rowdy blend of rock, country, folk and bluegrass.

I haven't witnessed Ian McGowan and the Good Deeds.

Backwoods folk sounds from Skekses, featuring the powerful voice of Elly Herget.

Box of Nerves
Venice Café (1903 Pestalozzi)
9 p.m. start, usually $5

A fun country, rock and more grab bag of originals and covers from Box of Nerves.

Cash only here -- there is an ATM.

Your Humble Servant,
Dick Caveat


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