By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Steve Brennan
By Joseph Hess
By Allsion Babka
By Kelsey McClure
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By Christian Schaeffer
By Gabriel San Roman
Here's a particular place to go: Both the Beatles and Iron Maiden covered "Roll Over Beethoven," Marty "Back to the Future" McFly duck-walked through "Johnny B. Goode" at the fictional Enchantment Under the Sea dance, and no less than Bryan Adams turned "Run Rudolph Run" into a highlight of 1987's A Very Special Christmas compilation. Now St. Louis rock veteran and longtime Chuck Berry pal Billy Peek is putting his own spin on the guitar master's music with a new CD, Tribute to a Poet. The album's release party at 8 p.m. Friday, June 23, at the Sheldon Concert Hall (3648 Washington Boulevard; 314-533-9900) features two sets from Peek. Tickets are $10, and Poet will be available at the show for purchase with cash only.
The grapes of rock: Sure, Sideways was a great flick and all, but something was missing from all of those shots of scenic, sun-drenched NoCal vineyards: a little mood music! In fact, melody-minded wine aficionados can now get the best of both worlds when the Röbller Vineyard Winery (#275 Röbller Vineyard Road, New Haven; 573-237-3986) presents the fifteenth annual BBQ & Blues Fest. From 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25, a $3 cover grants access to beverages, BBQ and the blues of the Baker/McClaren Band (Saturday) and Alvin Jett & the Phat Noiz Blues Band (Sunday). Visit www.robllerwines.com for directions and more information.
And will work for chicks: The Aquatic Record, Corbeta Corbata, Johnny O and the Jerks, Gentleman Auction House and the Monads always put on a good show and now they're putting their strings, sticks and soulful shrieks to a good cause. Join 'em at the Focal Point (2720 Sutton Avenue, Maplewood; 314-781-4200) at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 24, for Will Rock for Food III, an annual benefit in which all proceeds go toward the St. Louis Area Foodbank. Admission is $5 with two canned goods or $9 sans cans. While there, pick up this year's model of the Will Rock for Foodlocal-band CD compilation, which contains over twenty tracks spanning a cool seventy-seven minutes.