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Friday, December 20, 2013

The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: December 20 to 22

Posted By on Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 10:00 AM

The Casa Loma Ballroom meets its capacity again as Pokey Lafarge returns this weekend. - STEVE TRUESDELL FOR RFT

Get in the holiday spirit by joining in on some festive performances this weekend. The 8th Annual Dan Kelley Christmas Show hits the Warehouse, the Demo holds a toy drive and CoCo Soul performs at the Kranzberg Arts Center. Besides that, Spotlight St. Louis holds its music awards, Pokey Lafarge goes big for its homecoming, Murphy Lee celebrates his birthday and more. Check out our show-going suggestions right after the jump, and let everyone know what else is going on in the comments.

Friday (December 20):

Kastle w/ Druid Cloak, Pleasure, DJ Mellow @ 2720 Cherokee 9 p.m. | $15 LA-based artist Kastle quickly rose to the top of the iTunes Top 10 Best Electronic Songs of 2012 with his track "Stay Forever," then launching a tour through North America, Australia and New Zealand (as well as a successful career). (DH)

Pokey Lafarge w/ The Tillers, The Cactus Blossoms @ Casa Loma Ballroom 8 p.m. | $14-$16 Pokey's back! After appearing on Letterman, putting out a new album and traveling the world, the group pays homage to its roots with another packed show at Casa Loma Ballroom. (MS)

For a couple more picks from our critics, click the links for previews on the following for Friday evening: Big D and the Kids Table, Nakatani Gong Orchestra and the Funky Butt Brasstravaganza.

Saturday (December 21):

33 On the Needle w/ The Bob Band, Fumer @ Schlafly Tap Room 9 p.m. | free This all-local Tap Room line-up features everything from indie garage rock and grunge to country. If you haven't heard the new sound system implemented as part of the Tap Room's recent expansion, now's your chance to check it out via a variety of sounds. (MS)

8th Annual Dan Kelley Christmas Show w/ Hathead Jones, The Psychedelic Psychonauts, Playing Possum, Syna So Pro, Samantha Galloway, Googolplexia @ Jefferson Warehouse 7 p.m. | $8 This charity rock & roll show benefits Otis Woodward's outreach, so bring some donations of coats and blankets to keep the less fortunate warm this winter. Besides a vibrant line-up of local talent, special guest Dr. Dan, whose work went viral all the way to the Today Show will be on hand flipping up his signature "dancakes" in all kinds of shapes. (MS)

The Bump & Hustle w/ DJ Mahf, MAKossa, Nappy DJ Needles, Hal Greens @ Blank Space 9 p.m. | $5 The Bump & Hustle keeps its tradition going strong with funk, soul, reggae, hip-hop, disco, boogie, latin and more. Check out what they're all about here, and don't forget your dancing shoes. (MS)

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