This week, the RFT Music Showcase hits the Grove with more than eighty local bands -- that's a new record! If you haven't yet, grab your tickets via the showcase homepage, and pick up a paper this week to read up about all the performers. Besides that, there are plenty of great shows worth checking out all week. Homeboy Sandman stops in to Blank Space, the Monkees perform at Fox Theatre, the Third Annual Even Chance Pit Bull Benefit takes place at the Crack Fox and much more.
Hank Monday, June 2, 9 p.m. w/ Resinater, Alan Smithee, Laika, Maness Brothers @ Livery Company - $5 By Mabel Suen Hank hails from Champaign, Illinois and plays emo interspersed with finger-tapped math rock and bright melodic chords. Twinkly riffs and tight beats juxtaposed with guttural yells make up its sound. Resinater from Urbana, Illinois joins them for this dual bill, with local support from heavy hitters Alan Smithee, Laika and Maness Brothers.
Zak Marmalefsky Tuesday, June 3, 9 p.m. w/ Sir Hate-A-Lot, Nancy Cilantro, Naan Violence @ Livery Company - $5 By Roy Kasten From the 2013 RFT Music Awards: The music of Zak Marmalefsky is simultaneously of this age and not of this world. With a finger-plucked guitar and a clutch of heartbroken but witty songs, Marmalefsky conjures Depression-era street corners and speakeasys, where his rich, sincere baritone crooning might have once made him king of the minstrels for a day. For now, he'll settle for an air of folk-troubadour mystery. Following in the footsteps of Leadbelly and Dave Van Ronk isn't for the faint of skill or heart; Marmalefsky has both. His music - sometimes poignant, sometimes off-color, often both at the same time - is never a throwback put-on.
Cher Wednesday, June 4, 7 p.m. w/ Cyndi Lauper @ Scottrade Center - $65-$150 By RFT Staff From this 2013 preview: Cher, she with no last name, the songstress now over 50 years into her game, dubbed "the Goddess of Pop," will be coming to St. Louis on June 4. The show will take place at the Scottrade Center, and based on the success of her last tour (325 dates and attended by over 5.5 million people), we'd bet it is going to be a pretty packed house. The affair is dubbed the "Dressed to Kill" tour and will see the 67-year-old singer take to the road from March through July. Ticket info can be found on her official website, Cher.com. All online ticket purchases will include a copy of Cher's latest album, Closer To The Truth, out September 24 on Warner Brother Records.
Homeboy Sandman Thursday, June 5, 9 p.m. w/ The Difference Machine, Gotta Be Karim, Nato Kaliph, Red Zero @ Blank Space - $7-$12 By Tara Mahadevan Queens-bred Homeboy Sandman has already become a prolific rapper. Since signing with Stones Throw in 2011 he's released six projects, the most recent being White Sands, produced entirely by London-based knob-twiddler Paul White. Sandman's last few albums have all been singularly produced, giving each album a fine-tuned cohesiveness. While his subject matter and beat selection might be off the beaten path a bit, the rhythm and the rhymes will definitely get your head nodding. Sandman is the ultimate wordsmith, easily able to spin the ordinary into rap gold. For example, the first cut off White Sands, "Fat Belly", is about eating. "Peanut butter and jelly be the jam, I wash it down with almond milk, Almond Breeze or Silk, whatever brand / Trader Joe's they cost the least, Whole Foods though'll run you at least a nephew and a niece."
The Monkees Thursday, June 5, 7:30 p.m. @ The Fox Theatre - $30-$100 By Allison Babka The Monkees may have been a mediocre TV-only band when the group began its comedy/musical show in 1966, but after two television seasons and decades of tours and albums, Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork coalesced into a legit group that attracted millions of fans to its brand of pop-rock and goofy humor. Of course, fame wasn't without its price, with conflicts among members leading to ever-changing lineups over the years, but the 2012 death of Jones convinced the three remaining members to give touring another shot.