Out Every Night: The Best Shows From August 27 to September 2

Bo & the Locomotive - Thursday @ the Firebird
Bo & the Locomotive - Thursday @ the Firebird

Did everyone survive LouFest? Surrounding this post is our extensive coverage; be sure to read up. Rain be damned, the whole thing seemed to go off without a hitch.

More big outdoors shows populate this week's post, for those of you that didn't get enough over the weekend. Tonight Verizon Wireless Amphitheater will play host to KISS and Motley Crue, Tuesday brings an appearance by Phish at the Chaifetz, and this Saturday Old Rock House will host Del Yeah!: A Bluegrass Festival featuring the The Del McCoury Band and others, taking place on both indoor and outdoor stages. The rest of our picks follow.

KISS and Motley Crue Mon., 7:00 p.m. August 27 @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis - $36-$157 By Matthew Jackson From this 2009 show review: This summer's Crue Fest attracted the same black-leather audience, from hawt chicks to motorcycle mamas and all the men who love them, that Motley Crue has been pulling for over thirty years. On a stage lavishly adorned with medical paraphernalia, the Crue performed the entirety of Dr. Feelgood in celebration of its 20th anniversary (yes, it's been two decades). All the usual suspects were rehashed, of course: the wrack-and-ruin of the title track, "Kickstart My Heart," and the roadhouse raunch of "Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S)." Even those songs rarely (if ever) played live were met with rapturous applause from the packed crowd. What the Crue has always lacked in imagination they have made up for in swagger and flash, and it was just that confidence which propelled them through even the dry-humpingest ballads. "Without You," already a candied crooner, went gooey in the summer air. Some of their output over the years may exhaust negative superlatives, but you can't argue (too much) with an album that gets groins going and fists flying as easily as Feelgood does.

Phish Tues., 6:00 p.m. August 28 @ Chaifetz Arena - $60 By Cassie Kohler Phish is bound to pull a trick or two from under its sleeves on the jam band's first visit to St. Louis since its 2009 reunion tour. Expect surprises; this tour features rarities and covers not played since the '90s and early '00s. The band has honed its set list arrangements to pack a punch and keep energy high, while sporadically slowing the pace for the psychedelic crowd to catch a breath. Jams are structurally sound and primed with more funk, blues and rock & roll than in years past. Know Your Scene: Jam bands feed off the crowd to create those historical improvisational sets. So elicit the most positive energy you can muster. You don't want to give anyone bad vibes.

Lost Bayou Ramblers Wed., 8:00 p.m. August 29 @ Off Broadway - $12 By Roy Kasten Boogie-woogie isn't a French term, but try telling the Lost Bayou Ramblers that. The five young Cajun ass-kickers from Lafayette, Louisiana, put the bow to the fiddle and the pedal to the guitar metal -- as well as the rhythm to a section of American music that's more important to the roots of rock & roll and R&B than usually remembered. The Ramblers may rock the bayou, but they're not punks. Fiddler Louis Michot is a world-class player, and brother Andre pumps the accordion with finesse and frenzy. Their minds are as open as their tunings, so you'll hear honky-tonk, surf, rockabilly and twisted spaghetti-Westernisms in their sound. Its music isn't a finely prepared gumbo; it's a vast, murky, muddy swamp teeming with life.

Bo and the Locomotive Thurs., 7:00 p.m. August 30 @ The Firebird - $8 By Christian Schaeffer Don't judge a book by its cover, and don't judge an album by its title. If you picked up On My Way, the debut LP from Bo & the Locomotive, you'd be forgiven if the title had you fearing some navel-gazing introspection. (And really, the naked-lady swimmers on the cover should have been your first clue that another kind of navel-gazing was awaiting you.) Bo Bulawsky channeled years spent as a sideman and hours of bedroom recordings into his debut, and it sounds as fully formed and purposeful as the most seasoned bandleaders. He favors the hazy depths of reverb, and that obfuscation smears his words but makes the cumulative effect of his songs crash like muddy waves around your ears. Bo & the Locomotive is a band built from simple parts but constructed with an architect's vision.

Brian Owens Album Release Fri., 8:00 p.m. August 31 @ Old Rock House - $15-$20 By Jason Rosenbaum From this 2012 article: Even though he's getting a chance to shine on a major label, don't call Brian Owens an overnight success. The Ferguson native has been making music on his own and with others for nearly ten years. And more recently, he was a lead male vocalist of Sidewinder, a U.S. Air Force band that effectively blew up the Internet last year. The group appeared on a number prominent television shows, including Entertainment Tonight and The Ellen Show. Owens has since pursued a solo career after Sidewinder was decommissioned, efforts that paid off this week with the release of his song "I Just Want to Feel Alright" as a single. The song -- which is now for sale on iTunes -- was released on St. Louis-based Destin2B1 Records. It was distributed through New York-based BDG RED, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.

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Daniel Hill

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