Hear this Week – Live Music in St. Louis July 24 – 29
Summer is patio weather, and a lot of local venues respond by featuring live music on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Get out and hear them, and these other Bands of Note:
Tuesday, July 25 – I know what you’re thinking: “Why aren’t there any really good bluegrass/hip-hop bands around? Well, feast your ears on Gangstagrass, who will be showing you how it’s done and generally blowing your mind at the Bootleg at the Atomic Cowboy tonight. 8, $10.
Wednesday, July 26 – Van’s Warped Tour once again takes over the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre. On seven stages, there will be over 70 bands including Sarah and the Safe Word, My Heart Might Explode, Dead Girls Academy, and After the Burial. Not familiar with these? That’s ’cuz this show is really for the kids. Oh wait, Plain White T’s are also playing. 11 a.m., $24–$53.
Thursday, July 27 – There’s arguably no better time to be had on a Thursday night than at the quirky Joe’s Café, and that’s certainly the case tonight. Tommy Halloran’s Guerrilla Swing performs, so come and check out why they were named best local band in 2014 by the Riverfront Times. (Note: you can bring your own food and alcohol; only soda, water, and popcorn are sold there.) 8, $10.
Friday, July 28 – Lyle Lovett comes through town with His Large Band in tow once again, playing at the wonderful Peabody Opera House because … well, it went so fine the last time he played there. 8, $36–$126.
Saturday, July 29 – Take a drive out to the New Haven Music Fest where 11 bands are playing on three stages. They promise you’ll be “gettin’ down to the grassroots,” which seems to be the case as the Mighty Pines, the Lonesome Pines (no relation), and the Bottlesnakes are among the bands playing. 1, $25.
What the Locals Know: The historic Bevo Mill has been given a new lease on life, and part of that is the live music featured during Sunday brunch. On this particular Sunday, the 29th, “Das Bevo” features singer/songwriter Jesse McClary. 11, no cover.
Music Note of Note: One of the most star-studded performances in the history of the Peabody Opera House took place June 20, 1965, when Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. organized a benefit concert for Dismas House, a national halfway home for convicts. It was the only time the Rat Pack’s famous Sands show was televised. For the final number of this concert, Johnny Carson – the event’s master of ceremonies – joined the group on stage. Backing the Rat Pack for the performance was Count Basie’s Orchestra, under the direction of Quincy Jones.
— Hear This Week is written by local writer, musician, and live music fan Kevin M. Mitchell