Bunnygrunt celebrated 20 years as a band on Saturday, March, 23, 2013 at Plush. The show included guest appearances by Bob Reuter, Jason Hutto and Erik Seaver. Photos by Theo Welling for the Riverfront Times.
Purity Ring, an electronic music duo out of Canada, performed live on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Plush (3224 Locust Street). An afterparty hosted by DJ Billy Brown was held upstairs inside Plush after the show. Photos by Nick Zaragoza for the Riverfront Times.
Apop Records held its ninth anniversary party at Plush on Saturday, May 4, 2013, featuring music from Cave of Swords, Trauma Harness, Gel Set, Fielded and Umberto. Photos by Steve Truesdell for the RFT.
Hank and Cupcakes, a Brooklyn-based Tel Aviv-born duo, brought their lively bass and drum show to Plush on Thursday night, August 1, 2013. Opening the show were two local acts, The Contrails and Leather Tramp. Photos by Steve Truesdell for the Riverfront Times.
"Gutterballs", a performance of The Big Lebowski as told through the fine art of burlesque, played at Plush to an enthusiastic crowd of "Dude-heads" on Friday, August, 23, 2013. Some of St. Louis best known burlesque performers, dancers, drag and comedic personalities came together for the evening. Photos by Steve Truesdell for the Riverfront Times.
Kentucky Knife Fight headlined Arch City Radio's show at Plush nightclub October 11, 2013. The band debuted their new video for "Bad Blood" and celebrated the relaunch of its CD Hush Hush. Local act Middle Class Fashion and Arkansas' Please Don't Stop opened the show for a packed house. Photos by Steve Truesdell for the Riverfront Times.
Coolfire's annual Fall Party was held at Plush last night where St. Louis creatives came out to play in costume. The party featured the music of L.A.-based Mystery Skulls -- and surprise musical guest The Crystal Method. Photos by Steve Truesdell for the Riverfront Times.
"Winter is coming" took on a new meaning Saturday night, November 23, 2013 as The Randy Dandies paid tribute to the fantasy epic Game of Thrones with a wonderfully nerdy and sexy choose-your-own-adventure show at Plush. Photos by Jon Gitchoff for the Riverfront Times.
Brothers Lazaroff held its third-annual Hanukkah Hullabaloo at Plush on Thursday, December 4, 2013, featuring performances by Rabbi James Stone Goodman and the Eight Nights Orchestra, Nostalgia and DJ sets from Vintage Vinyl's Tom "Papa" Ray and DJ Boogieman. Photos by Jon Gitchoff for the Riverfront Times.
Fiona Flame presented "The Muppet Show...Show," a burlesque tribute to Jim Henson's classic characters, on March 28, 2014 at Plush. Burlesque's best performers made the "rainbow connection" with their characters, their sultry ways enticing audience members to say "Mahna Mahna." Some images NSFW.
Twangfest 18 kicked off what its website calls its "best lineup ever" on June 4, 2014, at Plush -- and the event certainly delivered. The engaging Cody ChesnuTT headlined the evening with crowd-pleasing neo-soul and was supported by the funky DeRobert & the Half-Truths and St. Louis R&B angel Theresa Payne. Twangfest continues through June 7 at Off Broadway.
The Feed, Strange Owls, More Play Plush's Final Show
One of St. Louis' most eclectic music venues, Plush bid the city adieu on January 3 with an evening of live music and discounted booze. After a nearly three-year run, the bar/restaurant/creative space announced its relatively sudden closing in a December 23 Facebook update. The ambitious establishment also was known for its diverse decor, ping-pong tournaments and one of the city's best sound engineers, Mikey Teesdale, who passed away in July.
The lineup for Plush's final show included the Feed, Strange Owls, the Vondrukes, Chris Eide, Eric Hall, Irvyn Meaga, Ish and Omoo Omoo.
With 40,000 square feet to play with, Plush is a truly unique bar, restaurant, and music venue located just east of Grand Center in Midtown. You can sit down most nights of the week and enjoy a menu full of eclectic American food that borders on greasy spoon but with modern twists (meatloaf cupcakes, for example). Dinner and lunch are served from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, with kitchen hours extending to 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. And Brunch lovers can hit up Plush on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Whichever meal you choose, a variety of coffee and espresso drinks, as well as a full selection of beers, wines, and cocktails are available. Plush’s venue side has music several nights each week, while the second floor houses a smaller room for more intimate shows along with pool and ping-pong tables. Plush also has two spaces - a second-floor parlor and the building’s fourth-floor penthouse – both available for private events. RFT named Plush the "Best New Bar" in 2012, and things have only gotten better for this jack-of-all-trades, one-of-a-kind establishment.