Popular late-'80s Midwestern rock band The Rainmakers made its first St. Louis appearance in many years Friday, March 9, 2012. Fans crowded a packed Off Broadway and reminisced about prior shows at legendary St. Louis venues Heartbreak Hotel and Mississippi Nights as well as points beyond. Steve Truesdell was on hand to snap these pics.
Yacht pop band Tennis brought its fairy tale backstory to Off Broadway last night in support of sophomore release Young & Old. St. Louis' masterful Spectator opened and Kansas City's Making Movies (which has South American roots) were also on the bill. Photos by Theo Welling
tUnE-yArDs played its first headlining show in St. Louis to a sold-out crowd at Off Broadway Tuesday night. Pat Jordache opened. Photographer Jason Stoff was there and finally did find some fans with face paint. Read Kiernan Maletsky's review on the RFT Music blog.
Fed up from a long weekend of Yuletide festivities, a crowd packed Off Broadway Sunday night for some naughty relief with Clownvis Presley and friends. "A Clownvis Christmas" featured performances by Clownvis himself, Lola Van Ella, Sammich the Tramp, Foxy Le Feelion and the Bible Belt Sinners. Photos by Jon Gitchoff.
Featuring performances from Miss Jubilee & The Humdingers, Craig Kidd, Tight Pants Syndrome, Adam Stanley, Garrisons and Syna So Pro, St. Louis came together to help raise money for the victims of the Joplin tornado at Off Broadway on Saturday, June 18. Photos by Lee Harris.
To describe the music of Josh Ritter as earnest is to call Horatio Alger hopeful, Holden Caulfield disaffected and Hamlet a mama's boy. He's as sincere as a sonnet, as genuinely happy a performer as you'll ever see outside a circus where the free lemonade is laced with Zoloft. He knows he's lucky and he's supremely comfortable in his sweat-soaked skin. He gives hugs to strangers and music critics. Click here to continue reading Roy Kasten's review of Josh Ritter at Off Broadway. Photos by Todd Owyoung.
To celebrate the renaming of the RFT Music blog, we hosted a bash at Off Broadway on Saturday, August 13th. The Event featured Ra Cailum, Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra, Bruiser Queen and Kentucky Knife Fight. Photos by Jason Stoff.
After an animated introduction by the illustrious Beatle Bob, Lucero spared no time at heating up Off Broadway. The band's opening tune "The Devil and Maggie Chascarillo" from Lucero's 2009 full-length, 1372 Overton Park, served as the perfect tune to showcase the band's new-found fuller sound. Click here to continue reading Michael Dauphin's review of Lucero at Off Broadway. Photos by Jon Gitchoff.
At a very sold-out Off Broadway last night, Brian Jonestown Massacre -- eight-membered, five-guitared, deafening as a jet turbine -- droned and jangled for two and a half hours. Read Matthew Jackson's review. Photos by Jason Stoff.
Fans packed into Off Broadway for a sold-out night of burlesque and variety entertainment on Friday, August 20. This modern vaudeville extravaganza featured singing, dancing, showgirls, fire eaters, acrobats and more. Featured performers included Lola van Ella, Gravity Plays Favorites, Sammich the Tramp, Greta Garter, Gogo McGregor, Foxy la Feelion, Moxie Malicious, Fiona Flame, Peter Peculiar, Ami Amore' and more. Photos by Crystal Rolfe.
The Uncanny Dandies put the strip in comic strip last night at Off Broadway. Featuring sketch comedy and performances from Batman, Hulk, Flash, and Harley Quinn, the event did not disappoint. The night also included some comic trivia for the crowd with prizes from Toys of Our Youth and local comic store Star Clipper. Photos by Crystal Rolfe.
Happy & Humpy's Traveling Medicine Show took over Off Broadway March 26. The performing group, comprised of members from St. Louis' burlesque and performance art scenes, peddled its "miracle elixir." Photos by Crystal Rolfe.
The third annual Riverfront Times Web Awards were held on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Ave.) to celebrate the best blogs, websites, social media accounts and anything else digital in St. Louis. Photos by Jon Gitchoff for the Riverfront Times.
The fifth-annual Off Broadway crawfish boil drew a packed house on Saturday, May 25, 2013. The venue cooked up 225 pounds of crawfish and 50 pounds of gumbo outside while the Deadstring Brothers, Fattback and the Monads played inside. Photos by Kristan Lieb for the Riverfront Times.
Cat lovers gathered at Off Broadway on Friday, June 14 for a benefit concert hosted by Tenth Life Cat Rescue. Twelve St.Louis bands played cat-themed songs in honor of the night's focus on felines. All proceeds went to Tenth Life. Photos by Madelaine Azar for the Riverfront Times.
The aroma of fried fish surrounded Off Broadway on Friday, July 5, 2013, as Big Muddy Records held its annual fish fry. Americana music was the order of the day with acts Southwest Watson Sweethearts, Mat Wilson & Little Rachel, Lonesome Cowboy Ryan & His Dried-Up Teardrops, The Hobosexuals, Jack Grelle & The Johnson Family, Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost and the Rum Drum Ramblers provide the music. Photos by Steve Truesdell for the Riverfront Times.
Norah Jones performed on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at Off Broadway -- an unpromoted performance announced the day of -- as part of the Open Highway Music Festival. Jones' backing band, The Candles, were on the bill for the festival, explaining in her non-tour appearance in St. Louis. Photos by Steve Truesdell for the Riverfront Times.
Those Darlins -- who have made Off Broadway their St. Louis home over the years -- JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound and Via Dove performed at Off Broadway for the third night of the Open Highway Music Festival on Friday, August 9, 2013. The four-night fest concludes on August 10 with Murder By Death taking the stage. Photos by Jon Gitchoff for the Riverfront Times.
The Del Lords returned to St. Louis after a 24-year hiatus showcasing its new album, Elvis Club and dusting off the old tunes for an enthusiastic audience at Off Broadway. Opening the evening was St. Louis' own Diesel Island featuring Brian Henneman of The Bottle Rockets. Photos by Steve Truesdell for the Riverfront Times.
Sleepy Kitty played its record release show for Projection Room on Friday, January 17, 2014 with openers armadillo, Bug Chaser and Bailiff at Off Broadway. Photographer Jason Stoff was there and he brings back these photos.
The Hold Steady brought its high-energy show to a sold-out Off Broadway on the second night of its 2014 tour on Thursday, January 30, 2014. Opening the show was Tim Barry, former front man of Avail, with his acoustic guitar and rowdy songs. Photos by Steve Truesdell for the Riverfront Times.
Snow? What snow? Fans braved freezing weather to see Shovels & Rope on February 25 at Off Broadway, finding warmth in the duo's high-energy, stripped-down rock'n'roll. Hurray for the Riff Raff opened the sold-out show. Photos by Steve Truesdell for the Riverfront Times.
The Blind Eyes performed its final show March 15, 2014, at Off Broadway. Over the years, the upbeat indie-pop band -- which first made its mark on St. Louis' music scene in 2007 -- became notable for its excellent songwriting and catchy hooks (including earning multiple awards from the Riverfront Times). Band members were joined on stage by local act Middle Class Fashion's Jenn Malzone and Brian McClelland, and St. Louis outfit Jon Hardy & the Public opened the show, with DJ sets from KDHX's Jeff Hess and bobEE Sweet entertaining the crowd between sets. Photos by Jon Gitchoff for the Riverfront Times.
Legendary songwriter John Doe of the seminal L.A. punk band X came to Off Broadway on June 13, 2014, to showcase his country/blues/punk attitude. Opening the show and joining Doe on stage was Jesse Dayton, a respected songwriter and guitar player in his own right who revved up the crowd with his punk/country music.
Photos by Steve Truesdell for the Riverfront Times.
Kentucky Knife Fight's Farewell Show at Off Broadway
After nearly a decade of blending folk, Americana, blues, rock, garage and a smorgasbord of other musical genres, St. Louis' own Kentucky Knife Fight played its final show November 22, 2014, at Off Broadway. The farewell show came on the heels of the band's latest album Hush Hush.
Kentucky Knife is known for building band chemistry through extensive touring -- something that was jeopardized when the group's tour van "The Rage Cage" was stolen earlier this year and later found completely obliterated in a local scrapyard.
Fresh from SXSW in Austin, Texas, Diarrhea Planet and Bruiser Queen rocked Off Broadway on March 26, 2015. They came back with energy and the crowd felt it. While crowd and band alike were headbanging with hair flying, the music filled the room and the green essences of Diarrhea Planet flowed. Bruiser Queen played first and selected a set list heavy on their new album, which has a more polished sound than previous efforts. Philadelphia's Left and Right were up second, and Diarrhea Planet closed the night with a cover of The Who's Baba O'Riley.
Off Broadway has hosted shows for more than 30 years in its cozy listening room. A smaller, intimate stage makes it easy for concert-goers to feel like a part of the experience, with warm lights casting an aura of mellow over musicians. Every kind of music looks and sounds good here, from indie rock to national alt-country, and a spacious patio sets the scene for the occasional day-long music festival. The bartenders are as friendly as the prices, and there's plenty of room on the dance floor. For a birds's eye view, simply pull up a chair on the second-story balcony.