The Best Shows in St. Louis This Week: September 5 to 11

Sep 5, 2019 at 12:17 pm
D.R.I. will perform at Fubar on Sunday, September 8. - JANA PERRY PHOTOGRAPHY
JANA PERRY PHOTOGRAPHY
D.R.I. will perform at Fubar on Sunday, September 8.
Each week we bring you our picks for the best shows of the next seven days! To submit your show for consideration, click here. All events subject to change; check with the venue for the most up-to-date information.

Elizabeth Cook
8 p.m. Saturday, September 7. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue. $20. 314-773-3363.
The country music industry remains a patriarchal machine, and artists like Elizabeth Cook have had to learn how to bypass the system and generate their own kind of power. The Florida native and Nashville resident wears her Dolly Parton influences smartly, hosts a killer country program called Apron Strings on Sirius XM radio and has a standing gig at the Grand Ole Opry. Her songs are frequently hilarious (the trash-talking “El Camino,” for starters) and often devastating, whether she’s writing about a death in the family, divorce or rehab. The unvarnished twang in her voice is a weapon: Sometimes she wields it for satire, often for heartbreaking truths. And don’t be fooled by her willowy glamor: She is tough and sharp as stilettos.
Cajones: Country radio ignored Cook’s wicked single “Sometimes It Takes Balls to Be a Woman,” and the Opry banned her from singing it onstage. You can bet she’ll let it rip at this seated show.
—Roy Kasten

Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster
8 p.m. Tuesday, September 10. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue. $10. 314-773-3363.
Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster has a restless spirit that has led him through a host of musical guises over the past fifteen years. He made his biggest splash as the singer, guitarist and songwriter for Water Liars, and that project led him to form Marie/Lepanto with Will Johnson, the former Centro-matic leader and one of Kinkel-Schuster’s musical heroes. And St. Louis fans may still recall his tenure as part of the four-headed beast of chaotic energy that was Theodore, a band that was the best the city had to offer for many years. But with Take Heart, Take Care, his just-released solo album, the singer-songwriter puts his honeyed Arkansas twang in front of plangeant electric guitar and enough melodic underpinning to help his switchblade couplets soar.
Tres Hombres: Get there early for opening sets from Mississippi native Spencer Thomas and local quartet Bo & the Locomotive.
—Christian Schaeffer
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