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Nii Tettey Tetteh

Tettey Tetteh bang bang: West African drummer Nii Tettey Tetteh is charging into St. Louis with percussive force and the Kusun Ensemble ( in tow. These musicians from Ghana have blended indigenous instruments and African rhythms with traditional jazz bass and guitar, conceiving a style of music called "Nokoko" (translation: "something special"). While this is a superlative experience independently, it's also a benefit for the Salvation Army Food Bank of St. Louis. So thump over to the Emerson Performance Center at Harris Stowe State University (3026 Laclede Avenue; 314-340-3366) on Tuesday, September 12, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $20, with a $1 discount for each non-perishable food item donated. Children eight and under are free.

Smigus-dyngus: The aforementioned seemingly nonsensical phrase is actually a Polish excuse for boys to douse girls with water. While the RFT cannot guarantee that the 32nd annual Polish Falcons Polish Festival ( will feature the tradition of Smigus-dyngus, here are rules for at-home play: Young men stalk young women, spray them with water, and each woman to suffer a splash will (in theory) be married to her spritzer that year. (And you thought Beat Happenings wasn't educational!) Get soused at the Polish Falcon Gardens (2013 St. Louis Avenue; 314-421-9614) on Friday, September 8, from 4 to 11 p.m. (lunch is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and Saturday, September 9, from 1 to 11 p.m. There will be authentic polish food, artifacts, games and polka band Downtown Sound will perform both nights. Free.

"I want to eat drums!": Immediately after "Good Last Night" buffered on The Feed's MySpace page (, I thought I had shrewdly detected a similarity to famed Muppet band Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. Fancying myself astute, I admit I felt utterly thwarted to discover that they self-describe as "the Muppet Band meets Pantera." Damn the Feed, always beatin' me to the punch! Regardless, this is hardcore feel-good music, punky, bluesy and sans guitars. Catch the Feed's CD-release party at Lucas School House (1220 Allen Avenue; 314-621-6565; on Saturday, September 9, at 8 p.m. Openers are Ghost in Light and Casey Reid. Tickets are $7, and it's an eighteen-plus show.

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