The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: June 28 to 30

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Black Oak Arkansas - Friday @ Fubar - Ancient press photo from old timey times.
Ancient press photo from old timey times.
Black Oak Arkansas - Friday @ Fubar

HEY YOU, READ THIS: People seem to habitually gloss over these intro paragraphs and miss the fact that they, too, are filled with picks and suggestions for excellent show-going adventures for the weekend. Don't do that! There is simply too much great music in St. Louis, so we've been trying to make these posts as comprehensive as possible. So, before you tell us about the show we missed, make sure to read these intros! You may be surprised.

This weekend's highlights include the opening of the Mad Magician, performances at PrideFest St. Louis and a new release from Umbrella BLVD.

In addition to the picks below, read about these other great shows we've covered extensively: the US Air Guitar Qualifier, the Whiskey War Festival, Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra's Record Release, Fall Out Boy, Gustafer Yellowgold, B.E.L.L.A. and Luminary Post Performances.

Also, from our Out Every Night post earlier this week, check out: John Fullbright, Dave Stone Trio, Pale Divine, Jesse Gannon CD Release, and Cro-Mags.

Friday (July 28):

Bill Payne @ The Demo 8:00 p.m. | $20-$28 Widely regarded as one of the best piano players around, Bill Payne is even a hero to Sir Elton John. (DH)

Indyground w/ Steddy P, DJ Mahf, Brett Gretzky, Luminaries, Baytron @ 2720 Cherokee 9 p.m. | $10 The independent hip-hop collective of Indyground travels from Kansas City to strut their stuff. Indyground all day! (DH)

Unifyah w/ 8604, The 12 to 6 Movement, Mathias and the Pirates @ The Mad Magician 8 p.m. | free/$5 John Mancuso's new venue officially opens to the public with a stellar local line-up. Read about the Mad Magician's mission in our interview with Mancuso from April, and RSVP through the Facebook event page to get in for free. (MS)

Black Oak Arkansas w/ Barewire @ Fubar 8 p.m. | $20-$22 Jim "Dandy" Mangrum and the boys bring delicious Southern rock to Fubar. Black Oak Arkansas had ten charting albums released in the 1970s and over 50 members. Still going today, BOA is an institution not to be taken lightly. (DH)

Saturday (July 29):

Caddywhompus w/ All People, Volcanoes, Stonechat, Lions Eat Grass @ Black Space 9 p.m. | $5 Two NOLA bands bring noise pop and progressive punk to the basement of Blank Space, while Volcanoes kicks off a tour all the way to the West Coast to record a new album. Wish 'em a safe trip and hear some melodic sounds. (MS)

St. Louis PrideFest @ Soldiers Memorial Plaza 8 p.m. | free Live entertainment across two days and two stages includes choral performances, visual arts, comedy, aerialists and dance. Taylor Dane headlines on Sunday evening. See the full line-up via the Pride STL website. (MS)

Lovers w/ The Leave Me Be's, Bruiser Queen @ Foam 9 p.m. | $5 Portland's Lovers features a trio of songstresses armed with smooth and snappy pop tunes grounded by keys and beats. The Leave Me Be's from Jackson, Mississippi lend a harder edged contrast with upbeat garage pop. (MS)

Umbrella Blvd. CD Release @ Plush 10 p.m. | $8 Umbrella Blvd releases its new offering at Plush! Check out two tracks from the record here and make sure you bring extra money to pick it up at the show. (DH)

Sunday (June 30):

Neoteric w/ Good Luck at the Hog Slaughter, Heavy Horse @ Livery Company 9 p.m. | $5 Neoteric hails from Massachusetts and plays a sloshy mix of noisy post-hardcore. Look for appropriate support in the form of chordy post-punk and more brutal post-hardcore. (MS)

Nude Beach w/ Dad Jr., Animal Teeth @ The Firebird 8:30 p.m. | $10 Catchy, poppy garage rock. The two songs Nude Beach has on its Bandcamp page have been stuck in my head all week. It's a good thing. (DH)

Note: Though we wish we could, we can't feature every great show happening in town in just one measly post. Peruse the St. Louis concert calendar for more ideas any time. Let everyone know what you're looking forward to seeing this weekend in the comments below, and send show tips any time to [email protected] to be considered for inclusion on these lists.

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