Hear this Week – Live Music in St. Louis March 27 – April 2
St. Louis people take our live music seriously – that’s why in addition to the big venues and the smaller clubs, you’ll find amazing music everywhere, including pizza joints. Here are just a few Bands of Note:
Tuesday, March 28 – We have a vibrant music education community, and it’s always on display at Webster University in Webster Groves. The school is particularly good at turning out great jazz guitarists, and that is surely the case with Aaron Brown, who performs in the Thompson Music Building Recital Hall. 7, free.
Thursday, March 30 – There is a quite a lineup of great acts at Blueberry Hill’s 340-capacity Duck Room tonight. The headliner is Kansas City-based folk-pop rockers Hembree. Also on the bill are local acts Starwolf and Zach Sullentrup & His Terrible 20’s. Doors open at 7, $7.
Thursday, March 30 – Grammy Award winner Marc Benno comes to Joe’s Café & Gallery for a special show (he shows up at B.B.’s the following night, too). This great singer/songwriter has worked with Leon Russell, the Doors, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, among others. Doors open at 7, $20. (And you can bring your own drink and food to Joe’s.)
Friday, March 31 – Our town loves tribute bands, and one of the most interesting is “Petty Cash” – a mix of … yes you guessed it, Tom Petty and Johnny Cash. They are playing at Salvatore’s Italian Grill in St. Charles. 9, no cover.
Saturday, April 1 – No foolin’! Grateful Dead tribute band the Dark Star Orchestra comes to the Pageant for another great show. These seven musicians have played over 2,000 shows in nearly 15 years so you know they are doing something right. Doors open at 8, $25.
Friday, March 31–Sunday, April 2 – The Fubar features three days of Rudefest, a punk rock festival that features over 50 hardcore, punk rock, and ska bands on two stages. Sunday’s headlining acts include UK Subs, Ultraman, and Scene of Irony. Friday and Saturday doors open at 6, shows start at 7; Sunday, doors open at 2, show starts at 2:30. $25 per day or $65 for the whole punk thrill ride.
What the Locals Know: Every Thursday at Urban Chestnut, one of our many great brewhouses, is “Vinyl Thursday.” From 6 to 11 any customer who presents a music record shop receipt gets a free pour of the popular Zwickel beer. Guests are also encouraged to bring their wax and spin in an “open DJ” forum. No cover!
Music Note of Note: The Pageant in the Delmar Loop district is considered our premier midsize venue, and Pollstar magazine has ranked it between fourth and sixth in terms of worldwide ticket sales (yes, worldwide). Named for a long-demolished movie theatre, it is many music lovers’ favorite place for a concert. It is one of the area’s few completely accessible venues.
— Hear This Week is written by local writer, musician, and live music fan Kevin M. Mitchell