Evanescence performing at a sold out show at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on April 25, 2012. St. Louis locals Killer Me Killer opened the show. Weaving The Fate performed in support of Evanescence. Photos by Todd Owyoung.
The Shins treated a sold out Pageant to over an hour and a half of quirky tunes on Monday, June 4. The Shins' Jessica Dobson opened the evening with her solo project, Deep Sea Diver, which was followed by The Antlers. Photos by Kholood Eid
Childish Gambino performs at the sold-out show at the Pageant on June 7th, 2012. Chance the Rapper opened the show. The multi-talented Donald Glover performs under his stage name, Childish Gambino. He's not just a comedian or an actor on Community, but also a high-energy performer. Photos by Todd Owyoung
The phenomenon known as Dayglow landed at the Pageant on Friday, September 16. Dubbed as "The World's Largest Paint Party," this frenetic shindig did not disappoint as a colorful blast of mayhem rained down upon St. Louis partygoers. Photos by Jon Gitchoff.
Death Cab for Cutie's tour rolled into St. Louis on Saturday, October 2, 2011, with a show at the Pageant. Telekinesis was the opener. Photographer Jason Stoff was there. Be sure to read Diana Benanti's review here.
The Arctic Monkeys paid a visit to the Pageant on October 4th during their 2011 U.S. tour to promote their newest album Suck It and See. The Smith Westerns from Chicago opened the show. Photos by Crystal Rolfe.
Chromeo brought their retro dance party to the Pageant in St. Louis on Monday, October 24, 2011. The show featured a DJ set by Thibaut Berland -- a.k.a. Breakbot -- and support by Mayer Hawthorne and The County. Photos by Todd Owyoung. Be sure to read Chrissy Wilmes review of the show.
The Kansas City-based band/performance art troupe/multimedia circus Quixotic invaded the Pageant Saturday night, October 29. Also on the bill was Portland, Oregon's MarchFourth Marching Band. Photos by Nick Schnelle.
Popular local-act-gone-national Ludo threw their annual holiday party Saturday, December 10 at the Pageant. Treaty of Paris and Option Control were also on the bill. Photos by Todd Owyoung. And while you're at it, read RFT's 2008 profile of Ludo here.
Colorado-based Big Head Todd & the Monsters brought their laid-back vibe to the Pageant Saturday, February 4. The band told the crowd that the St. Louis venue was one of their favorites, second only to Denver's Red Rocks. Opening was the KC blues trio, Trampled Under Foot. Photos by Todd Owyoung.
It was a no-brainer that Queens of the Stone Age's show last night at the Pageant was sold out -- incredibly, it was the band's first St. Louis club show since September 2002. Although a no-frills 90 minutes, the set was exactly what fans expect (and crave) from QOTSA: eardrum-busting volume, sweet riffs and a steamrolling low-end. Click here to continue reading Annie Zaleski's review of Queens of the Stone Age at the Pageant, Tuesday, April 5. Photos by Todd Owyoung.
Taking the stage to 2Pac's "California Love," Social Distortion brought its California hustle and flow to The Pageant Wednesday night and treated the packed house of rowdy punks, jocks, skaters and auto mechanics to almost two hours of unadulterated punk rock n'roll. For more, check out Micheal Dauphin's musings on Social Distortion at the Pageant (setlist included). Photos by Jason Stoff.
Meat Puppets and Slightly Stoopid rolled into the Pageant on Saturday, May 7. Both bands were greeted by an enthusiastic crowd and rewarded the fans' energy with a solid night of music. Photos by Jon Gitchoff.
Between shooting off confetti, Kim dancing atop the pit audience's hands and inciting most of the male crowd members to take off and twirl their shirts for a song, Matt & Kim whipped its loyal and sizable audience into a frenzy and didn't let up. Click here to continue reading Bob McMahon's review of Matt & Kim at the Pageant. Photos by Jason Stoff.
Costello and his backing band of nearly ten years, the Imposters, brought its "Spectacular Spinning Songbook" tour to the Pageant last night, and its garish, over-the-top kitsch provided an alternate entry into Costello's peerless catalogue. Rather than write a setlist the old-fashioned way, Costello has been allowing his fans to come to the stage, spin a red-and-yellow game-show wheel with song titles printed on its sections and let the hits fall where they may. Click here to continue reading Christian Schaeffer's review of Elvis Costello at the Pageant. Photos by Jon Gitchoff.
The kids came out in droves to see the house that dubstep built. Worshipping at the temple of Skrillex, this new generation of music lovers has a penchant for lacerating synth and skull crushing bass wobble. For more, check out Josh Levi's recap of Skrillex at the Pageant. Photos by Todd Owyoung.
Wayne Coyne, Steven Drozd and friends left a sardine-packed Pageant full of grins, a few tears and pure-fucking-joy with all of their typical theatrics, some new tricks and treats and a high-energy show - enhanced immeasurably with but absolutely not reliant on balloons, confetti, streamers and giant hands. Continue reading Chrissy Wilmes' review of The Flaming Lips at the Pageant. Photos by Todd Owyoung.
In a full two-hour set that made sure the lyrics rose above the ruckus, the Avetts hosted a stomping celebration of life, love, death and music. Continue reading Katie Moulton's review of the Avett Brothers at the Pageant. Photos by Jason Stoff.
Before a high violet curtain (not a metaphor) and a blacked-out stage, the National walked out to an overture, Neil Young's "On the Beach," readying their instruments precisely at the lines "I need a crowd of people, but I can't face them day to day." Often, vocalist Berninger didn't, turning instead to the drum riser to crouch and howl at a kick-drum microphone that refused to thump at his command. He ran on and off stage, either to give the sound crew a whipping or just to fill his glass. Continue reading Roy Kasten's review of The National at the Pageant. Photos by Jason Stoff.
There are very few certainties in life, but there's one thing you can always count on: If Athens, Georgia's Drive-By Truckers are in town, you have the opportunity to see one of the best rock n'roll shows money can buy. That situation presented itself Saturday night, and roughly 2,000 folks took advantage of said opportunity -- each of which were rewarded in the form of rock n'roll salvation. Continue reading Michael Dauphin's review of Drive-By Truckers at the Pageant. Photos by Jon Gitchoff.
Near the end of My Chemical Romance's very-sold-out show at the Pageant, the band took a break and left vocalist Gerard Way and touring keyboardist James Dewees alone on the stage. Dewees started playing the simple, affecting piano chords of "Cancer." Way's voice - strong, confident and nearly Broadway-esque - reached the rafters of the venue as he sang the song, and quieted the crowd into near-silence. Continue reading Annie Zaleski's review of My Chemical Romance at the Pageant. Photos by Todd Owyoung.
Cake played to a sold-out crowd at the Pageant on Wednesday night. The band treated fans to two sets of classic Cake topped off with some new tunes. After an unrelenting stream of applause, they returned for a rousing encore that included an inspired sing-along that brought the crowd to its feet. Photos by Todd Owyoung.
Click here for a full review of Cake at the Pageant
While fans didn't have to wait four three hours to see Ms. Hill perform on Sunday night at the Pageant, they did kill time in line by posing for photographs for Todd Owyoung. That, and Ms. Hill's crew politely declined our request to let us shoot her concert. Click here for a full review of Lauryn Hill at the Pageant.
The all-ages event was a joint effort between local activists, artists and promoters in an attempt to bring young people into the conversation about violence in the community. The inclusive lineup brought together acts from across the spectrum of local hip-hop in order to put up a "united front" for the cause. Continue reading Calvin Cox's review of the Hip-Hop 911/Stop the Violence Concert at the Pagean. Photos by Jon Gitchoff.
As the sound of a soul-funk emcee roaring like a crazy man boomed over the Pageant's soundsystem, Ben Folds and his four-man backing band ran around the stage. They climbed over their instruments, made lots of clanging noise, acted ridiculous - the piano man even shook his tush toward the audience -- and generally incited (and exhibited) the kind of panic usually only found at area grocery stores before winter storms. Click here to continue reading Annie Zaleski's review of Ben Folds at the Pageant. Photos by Todd Owyoung.
Forget what you know - or think - about Ke$ha, the sleazy pop sensation everyone loves to hate. Her very-sold-out show at the Pageant was full of ridiculous spectacle, with generous doses of camp and schlock thrown in for good measure. And oh yes, don't worry - there was glitter. And keytars. Click here to continue reading Annie Zaleski's review of Ke$ha at the Pageant. Photos by Todd Owyoung.
Rhett Miller packs more boyish charm into one pick-clutching pinkie finger than the entire Justin Bieber empire. And don't get me started on his hair. Apologies for invoking the Bieb, but last night at the Pageant, Miller and the Old 97's delivered an energetic, generous set of uptempo alt-country that was enough to make grown women squeal. Click here to continue reading Katie Moulton's review of the Old 97's and Those Darlins at the Pageant. Photos by Jon Gitchoff.
Surrounded by a tight bunch of players powering a full-throttle sound, Yorn put on a solid, melodic rock show for a vocal and good-sized Sunday night crowd. For 80 minutes, Yorn and his band - which featured bassist Zak Shaffer, drummer Scott Seiver and standout lead guitarist Mark Noseworthy -- played an eighteen-song set, of which nearly half came from his 2001 debut album musicforthemorningafter. Click here to continue reading Katie Moulton's review of Pete Yorn and Ben Kweller at the Pageant. Photos by Jason Stoff.
The Urge played to a rowdy, sold-out crowd at the Pageant Friday, November 16, the first of a two-night stay at the Delmar venue. St. Louis Cardinal David Freese introduced the band. Openers included Murder City Players and Disturbing the Peace. Photographs by Kristan Lieb for the Riverfront Times.
Is it a bad thing when the hardest-rocking highlight of your show is a cover of a Saturday Night Live skit? Julian Casablancas may have been (and may still be) one of the driving forces behind new millennium garage-wave heroes the Strokes, but his energetic version of "I Wish It Was Christmas Today" had concert-goers exclaiming, "That was the jam of the night!" Continue reading the review of Julian Casablancas' show at the Pageant. Photos by Todd Owyoung.
The 2010 Cool Tour rolled into St. Louis on Sunday, July 25 at The Pageant. This metal-leaning summer concert festival featured As I Lay Dying, Underoath, Blessthefall, Cancer Bats and others. Photos by Todd Owyoung.
To most people, the name Something Corporate means absolutely nothing. To a music fan of a certain age, however, the name Something Corporate brings back a flood of memories and induces dewy-eyed nostalgia. Scene darlings at the turn of the century, the Orange County band matched pensive piano with chugging guitars, which ensured that it never fit in neatly anywhere. The band's been dormant for a half-decade now, but vocalist/pianist Andrew McMahon has remained in the public eye as the leader of Jack's Mannequin. Continue reading Annie Zaleski's review of Something Corporate at the Pageant. Photos by Erin Kinsella.
Mock Hanson's music at your peril. The fresh-faced trio is still best-known for its effervescent tween-pop days - don't front, you know all the words to "MMMBop" - but it's grown into its bubblegum-funk/soul sound rather nicely. Last night at the Pageant, the band's devoted fanbase came out in full force to pogo, sing lyrics and scream in delight. Continue reading Annie Zaleski's review of Hanson. Photos by Todd Owyoung.
After an airing of the recorded version of "For Your Entertainment," the title track of his debut, Lambert appeared atop a set of stairs wearing a top hat and long coat, à la Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter character from Alice In Wonderland. (His lacquered pompadour, however, screamed "rockabilly" or "Morrissey.") He strolled down to the stage, and opened with the alluring synthpop freeze "Voodoo," a cross between Duran Duran and Sade. Continue reading Annie Zaleski's review of Adam Lambert. Photos by Todd Owyoung.
Phoenix introduced the element of surprise early in its set. A sample of the eerie instrumental "Love Like A Sunset Part I" faded in through the PA system while each of the six members -- the band's core four, plus touring drummer Thomas Hedlund and keyboardist Robin Coudert -- manned his individual station. The track was interrupted when Hedlund, backlit in dramatic white, launched the band into the hyper-shuffle fan favorite "Lisztomania." Continue reading Ryan Wasoba's review of Phoenix at the Pageant. Photos by Todd Owyoung.
Roughly a week after playing to a record-setting crowd at this year's Lollapalooza in Chicago, the California kings of stoner-rap, Cypress Hill, played their first St. Louis show in years. While the bottom floor of the Pageant was relatively packed (the balcony was closed), the crowd was a far cry from the estimated 80,000 fans in attendance at last Sunday's event. The much smaller crowd did, however, bring with them plenty of energy - and plenty of weed. Continue reading Calvin Cox's review of Cypress Hill. Photos by Jason Stoff.
Bands tour beyond their expiration date far too often, with the end result that their legacy is tarnished or they become a parody of themselves. The Black Crowes, meanwhile, prefers to go on indefinite hiatus while in top form. That was obvious during its sold-out show at the Pageant last night, a marathon set featuring three hours of music. Continue reading Annie Zaleski's review of the Black Crowes. Photos by Todd Owyoung.
Reel Big Fish returned to St. Louis on January 15, 2012 for a show at the Pageant (6161 Delmar Blvd.) with openers The Pilfers and Dan Potthast of Mu330. All photos by Todd Owyoung for the Riverfront Times.
After spending the summer of 2012 dominating the radio waves with her hit single "Lights", Ellie Goulding performed for a sold-out crowd at the Pageant on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 with St. Lucia serving as the opener. Photos by Jon Gitchoff for the Riverfront Times.
The St. Louis Rams held the final auditions for their 2013 cheerleader squad at the Pageant on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Forty-nine women participated in a question and answer session, swimsuit competition and dance performance, beauty competition style. The event "is an extension of the St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders “Cheer for a Cure” initiative, which has raised more than $50,000 to aid in the fight against breast cancer, according to the Rams.
Photos by Jon Gitchoff for the Riverfront Times.
Yahoo! On the Road treated St. Louis to a free concert from Imagine Dragons, Owl City and DJ Clinton Sparks at the Pageant (6161 Delmar Blvd) on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Photos by Jon Gitchoff for the Riverfront Times.
After selling out the Pageant months in advance, Soundgarden made its triumphant return to St. Louis last night touring in support of King Animal, which is its first new album in more than fifteen years. Photos by Jon Gitchoff for the Riverfront Times.
Fall Out Boy returned to St. Louis for a show at the Pageant on June 29, 2013. The Unlikely Candidates opened the show before Fall Out Boy's 90-minute performance. Photos by Todd Owyoung for the Riverfront Times.
Sick Puppies, who hail from Australia, celebrated the release of its new album Connect with a show at the Pageant on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 -- with Shaman's Harvest opening the show. Photos by Jon Gitchoff for the Riverfront Times.
Sleepy Kitty, The Incurables, The Blind Eyes and Shooting With Annie shared a bill Friday night at the Pageant for an evening full of special guests from the local music scene. Photos by Jon Gitchoff for the Riverfront Times.
Bassnectar kicked off a two-night stand at the Pageant last night in front of a sold-out crowd of bassheads with KOAN Sound and Andreilien (Heyoka) opening things up. Photos by Jon Gitchoff for the Riverfront Times.
Rockstar Energy Drink presented the Most Wanted Tour featuring Datsik on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at the Pageant in the Delmar Loop. We swung by and brought back these photos of the party people at a dubstep show. Photos by Jon Gitchoff for the Riverfront Times.
The Dropkick Murphys revisited its past during its show February 24, 2014, at the Pageant. The rowdy Irish-punk heroes performed its 1998 debut album Do or Die in its entirety, rewarding both longtime fans and first-time Murphys witnesses with brash street punk. Lucero and Skinny Lister opened the sold-out show. Photos by Steve Truesdell for the Riverfront Times.
April 20, 2014 may have been Easter, but Ghost wasn't having any of that stuff about a guy in a tomb or an egg-hiding bunny. The hooded Swedish metal band energetically brought its message of Satanism to the Pageant and was supported by spooky folk rock openers King Dude.
Tech N9ne's "Independent Grind" tour hit the Pageant May 4, 2014, also bringing the talents of Freddie Gibbs, Krizz Kaliko, Jarren Benton, and Psychward Druggies. Tech's prolific discography continues to grow with his fourteenth studio album Strangeulation, which drops May 6 and features Strange Music label-mates Krizz Kaliko, Rittz and Murs. Tech's fifteenth studio album Special Effects is also slated to drop in 2014.
Notable Grateful Dead tribute act the Schwag was living the high life May 24, 2014, when the band reunited onstage with its newly released frontman Jimmy Tebeau. The show at the Pageant marked the first time the St. Louis group played together since Tebeau was incarcerated.
In 2012, Tebeau was sentenced to 30 months in prison for "maintaining a drug-involved premises" in Camp Zoe, the 350-acre property that served as both the home of music festival Schwagstock and where Tebeau lived with his wife and children. In March, Tebeau was released early for good behavior and for voluntarily enrolling in a program called RDAP, or "Residential Drug Abuse Program."
Photos by Steve Truesdell for the Riverfront Times.
Seemingly using up Party City's nationwide reserves of confetti and streamers, the Flaming Lips returned to the Pageant on June 10, 2014, with a sonically and visually rich sold-out show. Morgan Delt opened for the Flaming Lips, which greeted the crowd with balloons that spelled out "Fuck yeah, St. Louis."
It's been a long time since Beck last visited St. Louis -- 2000, by our records -- but we have a feeling that Beck won't be forgetting the Gateway City anytime soon. Fans excitedly soaked up every morsel from the artist, who played the Pageant July 16, 2014, in support of his album Morning Phase. The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl) opened the show.
South African rave-rap group Die Antwoord brought the party to the Pageant on September 16, 2014. The duo's intense light show and energetic style sent the crowd into a euphoric tailspin. DJ Billy Brown opened the show.
The Pageant was rocking with St. Louis-born music on December 5, as hometown heroes Story of the Year, Greek Fire and the Fuck Off And Dies pushed through a lively night of music as part of 105.7 FM the Point's Ho-Ho Show series. Story of the Year continues to celebrate the tenth (and some change) anniversary of its debut album Page Avenue -- named for members' old North County stomping grounds -- and gave the Gateway City fans plenty of props for supporting the band.
Greek Fire, last seen performing on Anberlin's farewell tour, were full of Ho-Ho Show spirit, with vocalist Philip Sneed making his way to the balcony.
RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons brought contenders from several seasons of the popular television show together for live performances and games on March 17, 2015 at The Pageant. Performers included Michelle Visage, Adore Delano, Alaska 5000, Bendela Creme, Bianca Del Rio, Courtney Act, Darienne Lake, Detox, Ivy Winters, Jiggly Caliente, Jinkx Monsoon, Manila Luzon, Pandora Boxx, Phi Phi O'Hara, Raja and Sharon Needles.
OK Go performed at The Pageant on April 4, 2015, complete with video projections, a question and answer session with the audience, and lots and lots of confetti. White Arrows having dropped off the bill, OK Go played a lengthy 90 minute set.
Photos by Abigail Gillardi for the Riverfront Times.
The Pageant is St. Louis' premier midsize venue, with plenty of space to sit or stand, and enough stage room and lighting options to please even the most theatrical of bands. The venue hosts the best touring national acts from pop to indie rock, hip-hop to jazz and blues. Standing tall as the center piece of the burgeoning East Loop strip on Delmar, the venue is a sure bet for a great night in the city.