Fantasia Friday, September 13, 8 p.m. w/ Musiq Soulchild @ The Fox Theatre - $44.50-$59.50 By Calvin Cox From this 2011 show review: Fantasia gave an emotional and genuinely fun performance, although some of the louder songs were marred with distortion. As her set started, a keyboardist, a horn section and three backup singers joined the mix. A video screen would drop down periodically with pre-recorded song intros, which helped to anchor the running theme of Fantasia's show; a loose timeline of different musical eras. The concept was well-received and engaging, despite the lackluster production value of some of the video segments.
Colonel Ford Friday, September 13, 9 p.m. @ Schlafly Bottleworks - free By Christian Schaeffer From the 2013 RFT Music Award nominations: There are bands in this town that hem and haw around the "country" appellation, with a fiddle solo here or a "Yee-haw!" there -- and then there's Colonel Ford. The members of this quintet honed their Bakersfield bona fides via years of gigging with a variety of acts, and the combined effort has the worn-leather feel of an old baseball mitt. Jay Farrar has been known to sit in on pedal steel from time to time, but he'd be the first to admit that he's a relative rookie among the ranks. (He snagged Telecaster master Gary Hunt to join Son Volt on its tour behind Honky Tonk.) That said, St. Louisans are plenty lucky to salute Colonel Ford on smaller stages most weeks.
The Alkaholiks Saturday, September 14, 9 p.m. w/ Cali Agents, Casual, Cisum Tomorrow, S.B. Baby Cougnut & DJ Twelvz, The 12 to 6 Movement @ Blueberry Hill - $25 By Bob McMahon Approximately 95% of Tha Alkaholiks' songs are about partying ("It's all about the hoes, the flows and the 40 oz"). The fact that the group can make such a tired topic interesting speaks volumes about its members' talents. Rappers Tash, J-Ro and E-Swift rattle off multi-syllabic internal rhymes and witty similes with effortlessly smooth style over funk-driven beats, usually made by E-Swift. The trio has the chemistry and energy to back up its numerous boasts about rocking the party. In a hip-hop era as serious as today's, it's wonderful to see Tha Alkaholiks still kicking playful, humorous rhymes with no shortage of skill.
Mangia's 30th Birthday Bash Saturday, September 14, 1 p.m. w/ Blakk Caesar, Ashley Batiste, Johnny Xacto, Jon Bonham & Friends, Don E., Ellen the Felon and Mattronome, Flex Boogie, The Company She Keeps, Pat Sajak Assassins, Sometimes Voices, Ground Flow Fusion @ Mangia Italiano - free By Jaime Lees By day it's an unassuming little Italian restaurant -- a place for fresh pasta, bread drenched in olive oil and good red wine. But at night Mangia Italiano transforms into one of the most notoriously debaucherous 3 a.m. bars on South Grand, holding a well-earned reputation as the place where all of the dirty little action happens. Mangia is celebrating its thirtieth year in business this Saturday by doing what it does best, delivering both quality food and diverse late night entertainment. The kitchen will be open late and live music is scheduled for twelve hours straight.
Thou Sunday, September 15, 7 p.m. w/ Cloud Rats, False, Fister @ Fubar - $10 By Rick Giordano From "The Best St. Louis Metal Shows: September 2013:" Thou is from Baton Rouge, plays sludgy doom metal, and put out as many as six different releases a year. Cloud Rat is from Michigan and plays violent grindcore motivated by women's rights issues and veganism. False is from Minneapolis, plays crusty black metal, and is by far the most intense female fronted black metal band you'll ever hear. Local support comes from Fister, opening the show with slow simmering doom and bringing the evening to a perfectly ugly boil.
Note: Though we wish we could, we can't feature every great show happening in town in just one measly post. Look for plenty more recommendations this Friday in our weekend shows post, and peruse the St. Louis concert calendar for more ideas any time. Let everyone know what else you're looking forward to seeing this week in the comments below, and send show tips any time to [email protected] to be considered for inclusion on these lists.