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

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click to enlarge A scene from a previous An Under Cover Weekend event. - Jason Stoff for RFT
A scene from a previous An Under Cover Weekend event.

This weekend boasts plenty of fests, parties local release shows -- almost too many to have to narrow down across town. On the fest side, choose between Blues City Deli's Tenth Anniversary Street Festival, Broadway Oyster Bar's Funk Festival, the St. Louis Folk and Roots Festival and the Rock University Festival.

Durango, Jon Hardy & the Public and Perfect People host album release shows, and we'd be remiss to not mention some exciting local events: An Under Cover Weekend, Cassette Store Day and Brothers Lazaroff's annual Vintage Vinyl block party. That's not all! Read on for links and details on these shows and more.

Friday (September 26):

Astronautalis w/ Sarah Jaffe, Transit @ Blueberry Hill 9 p.m. | $12.50/$15 Friend to Minneapolis' Doomtree collective and accomplished rapper in his own right, Astronautalis has been rising in the hip-hop world ever since he got his start in 2003. Watch for his upcoming record with Doomtree standout P.O.S. -- so far, so good. (DH)

Bruxism No. 5 w/ Larva, Charlie, Wamhoda, desoeuvre bruit/Gnomonclast @ Apop Records 9 p.m. | $5 This fifth edition of local musician Nathan Cook's experimental series will feature electronics, field recordings, harsh noise and haunting sounds in an intimate setting worth experiencing firsthand. Read more about it in our monthly experimental shows post. (MS)

Little River Band @ Liberty Bank Amphitheater 7 p.m. | $35 Sure, there are literally zero original members in this band anymore, but that doesn't make "Cool Change" any less awesome. Plus this video version of it has a ton of dolphins and shit jumping around in it. Aw hell yeah. (DH)

Blues Traveler @ Ballpark Village 7 p.m. | free John Popper and company are secret geniuses. Need proof? Read this article from the AV Club about the band's hit song "Hook," which quietly punked the entire pop-music world -- and most people still don't even realize it. (DH)

Durango CD Release w/ The Vanilla Beans, Pat Sajak Assassins @ Schlafly Tap Room 9 p.m. | free Local duo Durango plays experimental synth-driven pop and rock. Preview its new album, Technological Advances, on Bandcamp and pick up a copy (and some beers for your face). (MS)

St. Louis Folk and Roots Festival w/ Betse Ellis, Blue Canyon Boys, Sarah Jarosz @ The Sheldon $10-$60 | 8 p.m. This third annual event brought to you by KDHX and the Folk School of St. Louis features three days of performances and workshops across multiple venues. Get the full schedule here. (MS)

For more options to consider on Friday night, check out Jon Hardy & the Public as it releases a new album at Off Broadway. Alternatively, catch John Prine at the Touhill and An Under Cover Weekend at the Firebird. Just click the links to learn more via extended previews from our critics.

Funky Butt Brass Band

Saturday (September 27):

Blues City Deli Tenth Anniversary Street Fest w/ Funky Butt Brass Band, Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers, the Blues City Deli All-Stars, Roland Johnson and Soul Endeavor, the 24th Street Wailers, Hank Mowery and the Hawktones @ Blues City Deli 11 a.m. | free Blues City Deli celebrates ten years of music and great food with a special street fest in lieu of its usual Saturday afternoon in-store entertainment. Catch a selection of its regulars along with a couple special guests from out-of-town. Come hungry -- the po'boys are outstanding. (MS)

Rock University Festival w/ Shotgun Abby, Chasing Ginger, Moon Thief, Revence, The Sirens, Opposites Attack, Fight For Midnight, Go To Sleep, Exit 714, Inimical Drive, Hollow Point Heroes, River City Sound, The Close Encounters, Ekkomouse, Jedi Nighties, Midwest Avengers, Silencing the Storm, No Days Last, Fumer, Red Zero, Beast Mode, Unifyah, The Wandering Madman @ The Ready Room and the Demo 4 p.m. | $10 Over twenty bands for just ten bucks! I'm no mathemagician or anything, but that seems like a pretty cheap per-band rate. Support local music! (DH)

Funk Fest 9 w/ Funky Butt Brass Band, Big Brother Thunder & the Master Blasters, The People's Key, Al Holiday & the East Side Rhythm Band, The Service, Naked Rock Fight, The Provels, Big Chief @ Broadway Oyster Bar 8 p.m. | $10 The per-band rate here is slightly more expensive (but still dirt cheap), but the funk factor is cranked up considerably. Worth it! (DH)

An Under Cover Weekend continues through Saturday, but before that, check out International Cassette Store Day at Music Record Shop or the Brothers Lazaroff's annual Vintage Vinyl block party. Perfect People also releases a new record with two separate shows in one night.

Sunday (September 28):

Lolipop Records Showcase w/ Mr. Elevator & the Brain Hotel, Froth, Corners, Wyatt Blair, Animal Teeth, Dad Jr. @ Plush 8 p.m. | $10/$12 Washington University's radio station, KWUR, co-sponsors this event featuring poppy rock'n'roll bands from west coast label Lolipop Records. Get a taste via Soundcloud. (MS)

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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