Messy Jiverson
The saving grace of most jam bands is their total lack of pretension and, needless to say, ambition. There's something weirdly refreshing about dudes just getting their solos on and not wasting time on dalliances like melodies or intelligible themes. But the veteran instrumental rockers of Messy Jiverson have a different kind of jam in mind. To the question "Can't we all just jam along?" Messy answers, "Probably not." The band's improvisations are abstract and dense, combining heavy brain food with even heavier and greasier slabs of groove, resulting in a sound that's one part Jeff Beck Group, two part Meters. Try to follow them if you can, but be prepared to shake it all the way down the psychedelic funk hole. (RK)

Brothers Lazaroff
It's a tribute to the multiplicity of American musical signifiers in the Brothers Lazaroff's songs that genre tags fall short of describing the band. Jeff and David Lazaroff took their love of folk-flecked Americana songcraft and bolstered it with dynamite instrumentalists (keys player Mo Egeston in particular) to help take the songs in a dozen different directions. Last year's Give 'Em What They Need played stylistic hopscotch from start to finish, but the band's supple and limber grooves make its shows an experience for the feet as well as the ears. (CS)

Dogtown Allstars
It makes sense that people flock to shows when the funky guys of the Dogtown Allstars take the stage — the band is, in a lot of ways, reflective of St. Louis itself. Even its moniker takes its name from a beloved, beer-drinking neighborhood. Like St. Louis, it's nothing too flashy, but there's a lot there if you know where to look (hint: For the Dogtown Allstars, that'd be Broadway Oyster Bar and Schlafly Bottleworks). Both have French (by way of NOLA) influences. It's been around a while and yet continues to draw adoring crowds who want to hear the same songs they've heard dozens of times: Free-flowing rhythms and good-time attitudes convince the band to keep the groove going and the crowd to grab one more beer. (RFT)
3:15 p.m., RFT Outdoor Stage at 11th & Washington

Sleepy Kitty Arts

Location Info



500 N. 14th St.
St. Louis, MO 63103

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: St. Louis - Downtown

Lucas Park Grille

1234 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63103

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: St. Louis - Washington Avenue

Funky Butt Brass Band
Just based on the crowd reaction at the last two editions of the KDHX-sponsored Midwest Mayhem, the Funky Butt Brass Band may produce the most infectious music of any band in St. Louis. Both years, Funky Butt closed the showcase with performances that began upstairs in the City Museum and then migrated outside, with the audience in tow, to conclude the set in the parking lot. This should prove once and for all that New Orleans-style brass isn't just for Mardi Gras. The group's most recent release is last December's Holiday Brasstravaganza, recorded live during a show at Off Broadway, but the band is currently back in the studio, and we may see an LP later this year. (RFT)
4:30 p.m., RFT Outdoor Stage at 11th & Washington


Electronica master Joe Raglani has recovered from the theft of all his equipment when he was on tour two years ago, both materially and psychically (he's heading back out on tour later this spring). And this time it's international! Well, he's going to Canada. Which counts. He organized a successful memorial concert/benefit for his friend, drummer Danny McClain, and even better than all of that, he's recording again. A best-of double-LP Husk and a collaboration called Bryter Layter both drop this summer, and he promises that a lot of releases that have been in the works for years will finally see the light of day. (RFT)

Syna So Pro
If Syrhea Conaway's work as Syna So Pro were a purely technical exercise in the creation of pop songs by looping and layering instruments and vocal parts, it would be astounding. Thankfully, the resulting songs can stand alone regardless of how they were put together, and Conaway's octave-spanning voice and multi-instrumental know-how combine to create bright, kinetic pop songs. Her creative spirit is restless, even when she's not working on her own tracks: Conaway recently began making "a cappella mashups" of local bands' songs, and for the first installment she sang snippets of Sleepy Kitty tunes and looped them into a stand-alone performance. Bands should be knocking down her door and begging her to pay them the same tribute. (CS)
10:45 p.m., Flamingo Bowl (Palm Room)

Black James
The American gothic leanings of Black James, a.k.a Jennifer McDaniel, creep from a dark, cavernous basement in south city. A St. Louis transplant by way of Knoxville, Tennessee, McDaniel transcends traditional folk and blues, on the strength of ancient ballads laced with eccentric narratives. Black James' songs unfold in a playful marriage of cotton-picked banjo, ghostly soundscapes and broken electronics; McDaniel's Southern drawl pairs with her impeccably sharp wit. Her self-released cassette, Waterhead, can be found on SoundCloud.
—Josh Levi
7 p.m., Hair of the Dog

.e, a.k.a. Dottie Georges, continues to use everything from guitars, thrift-store keyboards, drum machines and her own whispery voice, plus a lot of obsessive knob-twisting in her home studio, to build up her dreamy, multilayered walls of sound that are completely unlike anything else you've ever heard. This year .e has started uploading her new projects to SoundCloud as she continues to tinker with an upcoming full-length. (RFT)
9:30 p.m., Flamingo Bowl (Palm Room)

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