The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: August 2 to 4

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Adam Ant - Friday, August 2 @ Plush
Adam Ant - Friday, August 2 @ Plush

Nelly and Backstreet Boys in the same weekend - heck, the same day? Whoa, guys. That's a bit much, don't you think? If neither of those big-time acts appeal to your tastes, plenty of other great options ranging from ground-level artists to mid-level touring musicians perform this weekend at a venue near you. Our recommendations await after the jump.

Friday (Aug. 2):

Adam Ant w/ Prima Donna @ Plush 9 p.m. | $25 The Ants first made waves in London when they performed their hit "Beat My Guest" in front of a startled audience in 1977. Decades later, post-punk icon Adam Ant's as outrageous and lively as ever. Will he still play that song for you? Definitely. (MS)

Hypo w/ Evelque, Hubble @ Blank Space 10 p.m. | $5 Blank Space's new monthly electronic event returns for its second installment. Lose yourself in the space-bending futuristic sounds. (DH)

Also, don't miss out on Dax Riggs, Middle Class Fashion's CD Release and the Kevin Harris/NNN Cook Tape Release. Click the links to learn more!

Saturday (Aug. 3):

Arch City Radio Benefit w/ Indian Blanket, Bye Bye Blackbird, Justin Johnson @ Foam 9 p.m. | $10 Arch City Radio is in the midst of raising a few grand to put together a unique mobile app for St. Louis music. See some locals play no-frills acoustic sets while pitching in for the cause. (MS)

Blue Dixie 25th Anniversary Show @ Old Rock House 8 p.m. | $10 Blue Dixie formed in Columbia, Missouri in 1988 -- that's a whole quarter-of-a-century ago! They disbanded in the mid-'90s but plan to jam their self-proclaimed freestyle rock-and-roll just like they did way back when for this one-time special reunion. (MS)

Musical Merry-Go-Round's Fifth Birthday w/ Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players @ Voce 12 p.m. | free-$10 KDHX's kid-friendly Musical Merry-Go-Round, hosted by "Grandfather" Paul Stark, welcomes Grammy-nominated Justin Roberts and his band, the hilariously named "Not Ready for Naptime Players." Bring the kids for some wholesome fun. For more on tunes for the young-ins, check out Allison Babka's music feature this week: "The Kids Are All Right: RFT Music experiments on children." (MS)

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