Between the Superbowl, Mardi Gras and Valentine's Day, there's no shortage of excuses to celebrate something somewhere sometime soon lately, or even retroactively. Find a place to party this week from a varying list of tasty shows -- just choose your flavor. This week's recommendations await after the jump.
Soulard Blues Band Mon., 9 p.m., February 4 @ Broadway Oyster Bar - $5 By RFT Staff The Soulard Blues Band has gigged around town for more than twenty-five years. Most notably, its weekly residency at Broadway Oyster Bar perfectly accompanies the Southern-themed vibe complete with booze and Cajun food. Bassist and sole remaining founder Art Dwyer, a blues aficionado on local community radio station KDHX, holds down the band with his casual plucked lines. The rest of the rhythm section follows suit, allowing room for solos to float between rounds of drinks and a comfortable swing.
Bob Schneider Tues., 8 p.m., February 5 @ Off Broadway - $20/$23 By Roy Kasten Even with his used-car-salesman name and pop sentimentality - song title "The World Exploded Into Love" isn't ironic - Bob Schneider still belongs to the Texas songwriter tradition, and not just because he remakes blues progressions in his own anti-hipster image. Or because he leads a band that fuses twang and rock 'n' roll like ZZ Top did when still on top of the charts. Schneider cares about songcraft - be the compositions satirical or bittersweet - even when, as on his latest album A Perfect Day, he lets the yacht rock flow. Hoist a piña colada or just a longneck with him in concert; his stories and humor always have the bite and charm of his native Austin.
Blowfly Wed., 9 p.m., February 6 w/ The FuFops, The Reverbs, Black James @ The Firebird - $12 By Michael Dauphin Anyone familiar with Clarence "Blowfly" Reid knows that he is a profanely dirty man, but it isn't his unrivaled vulgarity alone that has guided him through the last 45 years of his career - the man is quite talented. After spending the early part of his career writing soul classics for the likes of KC & the Sunshine Band, Betty Wright and others, Reid created Blowfly. And with that, he started releasing highly-regarded "party albums" in which he recreated Top 40s classics with a very, very NSFW twist on the lyrics (i.e. "Shitting on the Dock of the Bay," "I Wanna Be Fellated"). It's important to remember that there is a genius inside this pervert, which may be an actual Blowfly lyric for all I know.
Water Liars Thurs., 8 p.m., February 7 @ Off Broadway - $5 By Ryan Wasoba When former Theodore singer Justin Kinkel-Schuster headed south last year to cohabitate with drummer Andrew Bryant, Water Liars officially became a Pittsboro, Mississippi band rather than a St. Louis band. Locals are only allowed to be upset because we cannot claim ownership of the duo slated to drop the awesome record Wyoming in early March. Water Liars' new album is a heartfelt take on Americana filtered through fuzz pedals and a cross-country road trip in a car with filthy windows. When Water Liars' tour vehicle pulls up to Off Broadway, write "wash me" on the back and say "welcome home" to Kinkel-Schuster.
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