The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: December 26 to 28

Big Brother Thunder and the Master Blasters play Schlafly Tap Room's 23rd birthday on Friday. - Photo by Steve Truesdell
Photo by Steve Truesdell
Big Brother Thunder and the Master Blasters play Schlafly Tap Room's 23rd birthday on Friday.

Post-Christmas shows are afoot and most people will fall into one of two categories: exhausted from the week prior or plagued with cabin fever and ready to party. If you're unsure of where to go, look into the last remaining concerts at Plush. Holiday mainstays like El Monstero and Trans-Siberian Orchestra are safe bets, but gutsy showgoers should try The Night Grinder or Kristeen Young. Read on and plan for the busy weekend ahead.

The Night Grinder w/ Jaded Evil Lambs, The Top Grossing Films of 1984 Friday, December 26 The Heavy Anchor 9 p.m. | $5 Brad Schumacher aka The Night Grinder recently left St. Louis for Denver, Colorado, but not before recording his latest record Immediate Content. This is Schumacher's first gig in town since releasing the album, which is a fine introduction to experimental music as it bridges the gap between dance and shrieking aural drone.

Saint Me w/ Faux Pas, Jack Nations & the Sleepers, Brazil Friday, December 26 Plush 8 p.m. | $5 This concert kicks off the final week of shows at multi-level music venue Plush. Layered indie rock flows with solo acoustic crooning for a solid 4 band bill.

Schlafly Beer 23rd Anniversary Party w/ Big Brother Thunder and the Master Blasters Friday, December 26 Schlafly Tap Room 9 p.m. | free Schlafly calls it an "anniversary," but really it's the brewery's birthday party. Unlike typical Tap Room shows, this one takes place in the upstairs event space so don't go wandering into the main floor stage.

Trampled Under Foot Friday, December 26 Old Rock House 8 p.m. | $10-$12 Kansas City's Trampled Under Foot plays a searing brand of bluesy rock. This will be the group's final gig in St. Louis before disbanding, so come see them in their home away from home one last time.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Friday, December 26 Scottrade Center 3:30 p.m., 8 p.m. | $49.65-$83.70 The legendary group typically tours with setlists from its first and last albums, but this concert will showcase the middle-child The Christmas Attic. Read our interview with guitarist and founding member Al Pitrelli.

Alley Ghost w/ The Loot Rock Gang, Jack Grelle, The Hobosexuals, Lonesome Cowboy Ryan, The Southwest Watson Sweethearts Saturday, December 27 Off Broadway 8:30 p.m. | $7 Barn burnin' rock & roll lights up Off Broadway for a post-Christmas hoedown. Seven bucks is a solid deal for what is essentially a showcase for local label Big Muddy Records.

El Monstero Saturday, December 27 The Pageant 8 p.m. | $27.50-$47 This show is likely sold out, but we can't recommend El Monstero enough. The group painstakingly recreates the, well, pageantry of Pink Floyd at the Pageant every year. If you haven't already, check out El Monstero in our weekly music comic.

Indyground Live w/ Dom Chronicles, Farout, J Bomb, DJ Mahf, Steedy P., Darryl Apollo Dixson, Visual, DJ Alex Reed Saturday, December 27 2720 Cherokee Performing Arts Center 8 p.m. | $8 Local music collective Indyground started its Live In Concert series last year at 2720. This is your best shot at catching a solid sample of St. Louis hip-hop, dance and electronic music. Eight performers for eight bucks at 8 p.m. Gimmicks. We like them.

Kristeen Young w/ Bruiser Queen, Brother Lee and the Leather Jackals Saturday, December 27 The Demo 8 p.m. | $10 If you don't know St. Louis ex-pat Kristeen Young for her witchy goth-pop, you might know her from headlines that look roughly like: "Morrissey is a whiny bitch, screws over Kristeen Young once again." Although she'd never admit it, the Moz (people actually call him that) has really put Young through the ringer.

Rockhouse Ramblers Sunday, December 28 Off Broadway 8 p.m. | $7 Rockhouse Ramblers have played a total of two times in the past decade. This might be because its members live half a country away from one another, but rest assured, the band should be as tight as it was in its prime. Local songwriter Brian Henneman opens the show.

Note: Though we wish we could, we can't feature every great show happening in town in just one post. Peruse the St. Louis concert calendar for more ideas, and let everyone know what else you're looking forward to seeing this weekend in the comments below. To be considered for coverage in RFT Music, submit show info online or drop us a line anytime.


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