Lots of local love on this week's list (nothing wrong with that, of course), as now that Thanksgiving is behind us the major touring season is officially over. Luckily St. Louis is packed with great bands and local talent, as you already know, so I suspect we'll weather the drought with ease. To be sure that we at the RFT know about YOUR shows, please review this handy instructional guide.
The touring acts that are listed below are especially notable this week, it should be added. The inimitable King Kahn & BBQ Show will be at Off Broadway on Friday, Kinky Friedman comes through on Saturday, and headlining the Mathias & the Pirates show on Thursday is Rhymesayers artist Blueprint. The rest of our picks follow.
Soulard Blues Band Mon., 9:00 p.m. November 26 @ Broadway Oyster Bar - $5 By RFT Staff The Soulard Blues Band has had a remarkable run as one of St. Louis' most durable and popular blues acts. Fans have stuck with them through many personnel changes and stylistic shifts, and their continued patronage has always been rewarded by a fine crew of singers and players assembled by bassist, bandleader and sole founding member Art Dwyer. The current edition of the band more than lives up to its hard-earned reputation.
DJ Mahf Tues., 10:00 p.m. November 27 @ Pin-Up Bowl - Free By RFT Staff First things first: DJ Mahf is not "just another DJ." He proved himself a bona fide turntablist when he went head-to-head with some of the nation's best DJs for the 2010 Red Bull Thre3style Competition -- where he took the St. Louis title. He's also shown that he's a capable producer with his mixtape series Homemade Junk and Press Play at Night. And when he's not out touring with Steddy P, he makes time to spin records all over town.
Aaron Kamm & The One Drops Wed., 9:00 p.m. November 28 @ 2720 Cherokee - $5 By RFT Staff Stylistically Aaron Kamm and the One Drops does not conform to the jam-band template pioneered by the Dead and Phish; instead, the band's reggae tendencies and Kamm's expressive melodies put the trio in league with Sublime and the Police. Yet the group has been embraced by the Schwagstock crowd, and there are more similarities than a mutual love for a certain herbal supplement. The band stretches tunes into jazz-informed improvised territories beyond the seven-minute mark, and bassist Andy Dorris and drummer Sean Raila make a fascinating rhythm section -- Raila's ghost-notes on live staple "For Today" are particularly impressive. Aaron Kamm and the One Drops can be intellectually stimulating or achieve hippie transcendence, but the group always burns its sacrifices at the altar of the groove.
Mathias and the Pirates Thurs., 9:00 p.m. November 29 w/ Blueprint @ The Firebird - $10 By Bob Mcmahon From this 2011 article: Despite the breakup, all the members of Earthworms will stay musically active. Mathias, who released a solo album last year, is readying a new project called Mathias and the Pirates that will feature Ms. Vizion from the GreaTones and a host of other musicians. "What we're doing is we're getting instrumentals with live instruments being added and/or replacing existing parts in mind because we also have Grover Stewart on drums and Mo Eggeston going to be playing the keys for the most part and DJ LB is going to be the primary DJ with Mahf joining in when time allows," Mathias says. The mixture of beats and live instruments will extend to concerts too, depending on who is available to play each night.
The King Khan and BBQ Show Fri., 8:00 p.m. November 30 w/ GONN, The Sights, The Nevermores @ Off Broadway - $12 By Michael Dauphin This could have been one of the best shows of the year back in 2009. Unfortunately, fans who showed up at Off Broadway hoping to see Arish Ahmad Khan ("King Khan") and Mark Sultan ("BBQ") were dealt unfortunate news that the duo -- along with its tour manager, who ultimately took the fall -- were stuck in Kentucky with drug possession charges. Shortly thereafter, the band split up, dashing any hopes for a make-up date. But the band is now back together (for now), stumbling through its brand of doo-wop slop-pop with reckless disregard for anything and everything. Sounds Like: Ever wonder what it would sound like if drug-addled ghosts of the Animals hijacked the AM airwaves and threw a rock & roll party? Me too. I'll see you Friday.