Monday, May 21, 2012

Out Every Night: The Best Shows From May 21 to May 27

Posted By on Mon, May 21, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Mayer Hawthorne and the County - Tuesday @ the Firebird
  • Mayer Hawthorne and the County - Tuesday @ the Firebird

We'll start this post off by recognizing the fact that yes, Red Hot Chili Peppers is playing in town on Friday (Scottrade Center); as is Local H (Firebird), but Friday is already well-represented below with another what-is-this-1996 artist, Snoop Dogg, playing at Pop's and roots-reggae pioneer Mighty Diamonds at 2720 Cherokee. You'll have to wait for the weekend post for more exposition on the former two.

Other shows rounding out this week's picks are local folksters the Lulus, hillbilly hellraisers Southern Culture on the Skids, and Big Muddy Records Sunday chili cook-off. Click through to see the full list.

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Soulard Blues Band Mon., 9:00 p.m. May 21 @ Broadway Oyster Bar - Free By RFT Staff The Soulard Blues Band has had a remarkable run as one of St. Louis' most durable and popular blues acts. Fans have stuck with them through many personnel changes and stylistic shifts, and their continued patronage has always been rewarded by a fine crew of singers and players assembled by bassist, bandleader and sole founding member Art Dwyer. The current edition of the band more than lives up to its hard-earned reputation.

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Mayer Hawthorne and the County Tue., 8:00 p.m. May 22 @ The Firebird - $16-$18 By Ryan Wasoba If Mayer Hawthorne & The County ever achieves household name status, it may be possible to discuss the Ann Arbor, Michigan native and band strictly on the merits of its Motown indebted R&B jams. Until that fine day arrives, folks are frequently surprised by the dissonance between the audio and the visual. Hawthorne sounds like Smokey Robinson but looks like Elvis Costello. He sounds like 1967 but was born in 1979. His falsetto is butter-smooth, his tunes are timeless and his records are produced with modern fidelity and classic class, putting him in league with neo-soul transcendentalists Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings. Notable Fans: Mayer Hawthorne has been championed by producer Mark Ronson, director Spike Jonze, Presidentially-noted jackass Kanye West, and indie hip-hop mogul Peanut Butter Wolf, who signed Hawthorne to his Stones Throw label.

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The Lulus Wed., 9:00 p.m. May 23 w/ Rev. Matt @ El Lenador - $5 By Christian Schaeffer Kelly Wells puts her music where her mouth is. As the director of the Folk School, Wells helps connect St. Louisans of all skill levels with American folk music through lessons, concerts and dances. But when her nine-to-five job is done, Wells joins up with sisters Anne and Colleen Williamson and Hannah Arnson to spin out classic, Southern-speckled old-timey music as the Lulus. As scholars of our country's songbook, these ladies bring prowess and studied technique to these originals and traditionals via fiddle, guitar, upright bass, hammered dulcimer and more acoustic instruments. But the wit and sparkle in these songs show that the Lulus are not slaves to tradition -- listen to "I Wish I was a Single Girl Again" and you can hear the wink in the players' eyes as they list out a modern woman's dilemma. The music sounds straight out of 1932, but the lyrics ring true today.

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Southern Culture on the Skids Thurs., 9:00 p.m. May 24 w/ Lookout Joe @ Off Broadway - $15 By Diana Benanti From this 2008 show preview: It's not often that a band, after twenty years together, releases its best album; it's even less probable that said album would be a set of covers. But that's the case with Southern Culture on the Skids and last year's Countrypolitan Favorites. The Chapel Hill, North Carolina, country-crockers, surf-shlockers and camel-walkers finally play the twang straight but still spirited. Founder Rick Miller rifles through a staggering range of guitar styles and bouffant-belter Mary Huff simply sings the tar out of Nashville classics (Lynn Anderson's "Rose Garden"), country-rock nuggets (CCR's "Fight Fire") and even psychedelic excursions (T Rex's "Life's a Gas"). On stage, SCOTS still has hellbilly souls and buckets of fried chicken -- and it's not afraid to use either.

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Snoop Dogg Fri., 7:00 p.m. May 25 @ Pop's Nightclub - $30-$35 By Jaime Lees A'ight, here's the dizzle: The d-o-double gizzle is in the Lou this Fri-dizzle. Snoop Dogg is guarantizzled to pull out his sweet summer jams ("Drop It Like It's Hot," "Who Am I (What's My Name?")) at this show, fo' shizzle. Though he's known for smoking lots of marijuizzle, Snoopizzle is far from a stoned slackizzle. He's even improved his shizzle from the early days of Cali-collaborating with Dr. Dreizzle. Quite the entreprenizzle, Tha Doggfather also knows how to get paid lots of bizzles. From directing pornizzles to pimping out poonizzles, he's got all kinds of businizzles. C'mon, maybe it's about tizzle to take a break from grilling outside of your red brick hizzle. Don't stay home and watch another Cardinizzles game on the televizzle -- roll out to Pop's Nightclizzle 'cause this show is sure to be off the hizzle.

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