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Because No One Does Cover Bands Like St. Louis 

One of 75 reasons we love St. Louis in 2016

click to enlarge El Monstero. - PHOTO BY ABBY GILLARDI
  • El Monstero.

Many chart-topping bands can only dream of selling out shows and playing for crowds of thousands, yet a St. Louis-based cover band has done all that and more for nearly two decades. El Monstero, a tribute to the music of Pink Floyd, is one of many ridiculously talented cover bands that call St. Louis home. Its weeklong run at the Pageant every December has become tradition, with nearly every show a sellout. And this August the band played a 32-song set for a crowd of more than 20,000 at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre.

It's not just the music that has garnered El Monstero's massive following; it's every aspect of its performances. Each show is full of expertly crafted visuals and theatrics that take attendees on a trip back to a time when psychedelic music was just beginning to take off.

El Monstero band members Mark Quinn, Jimmy Griffin and John Pessoni also compose part of Celebration Day, another top-notch cover band that pays tribute to Led Zeppelin. And the talent doesn't stop there. Witness the talents of FatPocket, the RFT Music Award winner in the Cover Band category this year. Known for bringing the party, FatPocket plays high-energy covers of everything from '60s music to current Top 40. Catch them everywhere from Jammin' at the Zoo to the Trainwreck Saloon — or go see Bullseye Womprats, the St. Louis Big Band, Dance Floor Riot or many, many more. Yes, they're all cover bands, and they're all consistently a good time. Give in to the fun.

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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