The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: September 27 to September 29

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click to enlarge Pokey Lafarge performs at the Taste of St. louis this weekend. - Steve Truesdell for RFT
Pokey Lafarge performs at the Taste of St. louis this weekend.

The Best of St. Louis issue hit newsstands this week, and a collective sigh of relief after the chaos of annual assemblage utters itself from the RFT offices. Pick it up to see some fun recommendations from our staff and contributors, including plenty of music picks.

See Also: The Best Of St. Louis 2013 Music Winners Speaking of which, here's a selection of things we think look interesting for the weekend. Fall festival season features performances all over town including the Taste of St. Louis, the Saint Louis Folk and Roots Festival, and the Rock U Fest. Quaere Verum, the Vanilla Beans/Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship and Brothers Lazaroff all release new recordings. See the fine print to get a load of 'em.

Friday (September 27):

Jonny Craig w/ William Beckett, Kyle Lucas, Hearts & Hands, Bleach Blonde @ The Firebird 7 p.m. | $15-$17 Newly clean and sober (supposedly) following some run-ins with the law, the former Dance Gavin Dance and Emarosa singer continues to tour as a solo act. (DH)

King Tuff w/ Dad Jr @ Off Broadway 8 p.m. | $10-$13 Sub Pop's King Tuff and Dad Jr.'s Mister Hands, together on one show in a battle for the "most entertaining musical lunatic" award, this Friday at Off Broadway! Sure to be a rowdy one. (DH)

Saint Louis Folk and Roots Festival w/ Ralph Stanley, 3 Penny Acre, The Downhill Strugglers, The Hillbenders, JP Harris & the Tough Choices, Blue Canyon Boys, The Riverbenders, St. Louis Slim, Dugout Danoe, Rebecca Loebe @ Grand Center venues and more This three-day fest sponsored by KDHX and its counterpart, Folk School of St. Louis, features a varied line-up of performances and activities. Check out the official Folk and Roots Festival website for the full schedule and admission costs. (MS)

Taste of St. Louis w/ Pokey Lafarge, Scarlet Tanager, Illphonics @ Soldiers Memorial Plaza 7 p.m. | free Grab tons of local grub and check out some free performances all weekend. Click here for the Taste of St. Louis concert stage schedule, with headliners the Samples and Robert Randolph and the Family Band on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. (MS)

From our other weekly list of local show recommendations, check out Cody ChestnuTT and Supersuckers on this evening as well. Also on Friday, the Vanilla Beans and Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship release a new split and Quaere Verum releases its debut album. Click on the links to learn more.

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