This weekend boasts plenty of fests, parties local release shows -- almost too many to have to narrow down across town. On the fest side, choose between Blues City Deli's Tenth Anniversary Street Festival, Broadway Oyster Bar's Funk Festival, the St. Louis Folk and Roots Festival and the Rock University Festival.
Durango, Jon Hardy & the Public and Perfect People host album release shows, and we'd be remiss to not mention some exciting local events: An Under Cover Weekend, Cassette Store Day and Brothers Lazaroff's annual Vintage Vinyl block party. That's not all! Read on for links and details on these shows and more.
Friday (September 26):
Astronautalis w/ Sarah Jaffe, Transit @ Blueberry Hill 9 p.m. | $12.50/$15 Friend to Minneapolis' Doomtree collective and accomplished rapper in his own right, Astronautalis has been rising in the hip-hop world ever since he got his start in 2003. Watch for his upcoming record with Doomtree standout P.O.S. -- so far, so good. (DH)
Bruxism No. 5 w/ Larva, Charlie, Wamhoda, desoeuvre bruit/Gnomonclast @ Apop Records 9 p.m. | $5 This fifth edition of local musician Nathan Cook's experimental series will feature electronics, field recordings, harsh noise and haunting sounds in an intimate setting worth experiencing firsthand. Read more about it in our monthly experimental shows post. (MS)
Little River Band @ Liberty Bank Amphitheater 7 p.m. | $35 Sure, there are literally zero original members in this band anymore, but that doesn't make "Cool Change" any less awesome. Plus this video version of it has a ton of dolphins and shit jumping around in it. Aw hell yeah. (DH)
Blues Traveler @ Ballpark Village 7 p.m. | free John Popper and company are secret geniuses. Need proof? Read this article from the AV Club about the band's hit song "Hook," which quietly punked the entire pop-music world -- and most people still don't even realize it. (DH)
Durango CD Release w/ The Vanilla Beans, Pat Sajak Assassins @ Schlafly Tap Room 9 p.m. | free Local duo Durango plays experimental synth-driven pop and rock. Preview its new album, Technological Advances, on Bandcamp and pick up a copy (and some beers for your face). (MS)
St. Louis Folk and Roots Festival w/ Betse Ellis, Blue Canyon Boys, Sarah Jarosz @ The Sheldon $10-$60 | 8 p.m. This third annual event brought to you by KDHX and the Folk School of St. Louis features three days of performances and workshops across multiple venues. Get the full schedule here. (MS)
For more options to consider on Friday night, check out Jon Hardy & the Public as it releases a new album at Off Broadway. Alternatively, catch John Prine at the Touhill and An Under Cover Weekend at the Firebird. Just click the links to learn more via extended previews from our critics.