This week, St. Louis receives visits from artists including Ms. Lauryn Hill, Foxy Shazam, Nitty Scott and more. On a local front, bands churn out some tunes to lend a helping hand to local musician Glenn Burleigh, Scarlet Tanager releases a new album and Harvest Sessions features rockers Bruiser Queen. For more info on these shows and more to check out throughout the week, read on.
Soulard Blues Band Monday, June 16, 9 p.m. @ Broadway Oyster Bar - $6 By Roy Kasten From the 2014 RFT Music Awards: One day, dear reader, the Soulard Blues Band will be no more. It's just a fact. And one day you'll wonder why, despite all the opportunities every other day of the week, you never saw this St. Louis institution in its prime -- and no, the band's prime ain't over. If somehow you've never danced your ass off when Art Dwyer lays down a bass line as smooth as crushed velvet, or when Marty Abdullah swings his phrasing on "Kansas City Blues" or "Dust My Broom," or when Tom Maloney plays a solo that would make his mentor (the late, great Benny Smith) smile, well you really should. Don't take this band for granted. Pay your respects soon; they've been earned.
Foxy Shazam Tuesday, June 17, 8 p.m. w/ Larry and His Flask @ The Firebird - $15-$18 By Annie Zaleski From this archived show preview: Let's face it, folks: Rock bands are boring nowadays. No one wants to go out on a limb -- musically, live or in the press -- for fear of an ever-dwindling music-buying population turning its back on the band. Lucky for us, God has given the world Foxy Shazam. Guided by frontman Eric Nally -- who's a cross between Freddie Mercury and Andy Kaufman -- the Cincinnati, Ohio, band doesn't just walk the line between pop art and performance art; the quintet stomps a mudhole all over it. With piano-guided songs sounding like Meat Loaf for a new generation backing him, Nally contorts himself all over the stage, pausing only to tell bizarre stories about his life (many of which are made up, some of which -- scarily -- are true) or eat a handful of lit cigarettes. Part circus freak show, part standup comedy act, Foxy Shazam is exactly what rock & roll needs.
Ms. Lauryn Hill Wednesday, June 18, 9 p.m. @ The Pageant - $58-$68 By Tara Mahadevan If you are part of the small percentage of people who haven't heard The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, then you might want to get your life in order. Though Ms. Hill has had a pretty rocky career, TMOLH will always remain a hugely influential album in hip-hop and R&B, receiving countless nominations and awards at the Grammys, the American Music Awards and the NAACP Image Awards. Her body of work doesn't even need further explanation -- just know that if you attend Ms. Hill's show, you will most definitely be in the presence of greatness.
Glenn Burleigh Benefit Show Thursday, June 19, 9 p.m. w/ Pretty Little Empire, Langen Neubacher, The Union Electric, The Potomac Accord @ The Heavy Anchor - $5 By Allison Babka One of the greatest aspects about the St. Louis music scene is the graciousness and support that artists show toward one another. It's genuine and powerful, and it certainly will be on display during this event for one of the community's own. The short story: Glenn Burleigh of the Defeated County and other local bands injured his leg in an accident, and Pretty Little Empire, the Union Electric, the Potomac Accord and Langen Neubacher are putting' on the ritz to help pay the bills. Just $5 nets you some good karma and plenty of awesome tunes.
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