Howdy, folks. For the month of March (and possibly longer/shorter depending on my funds, stamina, and sanity), I am hitting three local shows each weekend. The rules: they must be on a budget (who pays more than $8 to see a show?), predominantly local bands, and well-supplied with tequila.
I suppose the aim of this column is to describe an average St. Louisan's show-hopping weekend, but I must plead in the defense of an entirely subjective viewpoint. I pick these shows based on what sounds interesting, and I don't even come close to representing all of the tastes and knowledge of the people of St. Louis. I suppose I would just like to demonstrate how many different experiences can be had within the realm of our city's music in one single weekend, and to present a small sample of the adventures to be had between the other 9-5: That is, p.m. to a.m.
Friday: Little Big Bangs, Acid Baby Jesus, Hell Shovel, and Demon Lover at the Heavy Anchor. Cost: $5 Average Cocktail Price: $4-5 (EXTREME MAX BONUS for making margaritas from scratch.) Band vibe: "We're loud and weird and this is fun."
I'm a fan of the Heavy Anchor, with their clever use of a garage door to separate the venue from the bar, their movie-theater seats, and their actual-hand-to-god-holy-shit-that's-real-lime-juice margarita. The sound is great (a little stressful if you're onstage, but perfect for the audience), the folks are nice, the back patio has a heater. You can't ask for much else.
Little Big Bangs have been building their following for years, and they continue to tighten up as a band. It is no insult to the other members to say that their drummer is their star--that motherfucker can play.
Hell Shovel, on tour from everywhere (the band boasted an international lineup and delightfully shaggy hair), made an excellent impression on the Heavy Anchor's audience. I have written in my notes, "Dear 2nd band, please tell me you have a CD so I can have quirky, slightly dangerous adventures with my free-wheeling friends." Also, "Kudos to lead guitar for his unmarked, mid-60's guitar with a single pickup."
By Acid Baby Jesus, I have written, "Acid Jesus=Awesome (2 margaritas)." I think this means I was two margaritas in and unable to qualify exactly why the band was awesome, but still I felt very passionately about it.
I took some performance photos from this evening, but I prefer this pic of Demon Lover eating tacos at 3am. Superstars are just like us!
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