Live Music in St. Louis – Hear this Week: May 7 – 13

Monday May 7, 2018

The folks of WalletHub just ranked Missouri 15 on its list of “most fun states.” No doubt we got the high ranking because of all the great live music found here … speaking of which here are a few Bands of Note:

Live Music in St. Louis

Monday, May 7 – It’s another night of great alt metal at the Fubar with Mushroomhead from Cleveland, Ohio. Also on the bill is Vyces, Gabriel and the Apocalypse, Ventana, and Blood Sun. Doors open at 6 pm, $25.

Tuesday, May 8 – If you still miss Frank Zappa, here’s some good news: His son Dweezil, also a Guitar god, is on tour playing his dad’s “choice cuts.” Catch him and his band at the Ready Room, an intimate setting for such rock royalty. $20–$50.

Wednesday, May 9 – It’s been 32 years since Todd Rungren’s band Utopia toured. Known for their lavish pop sensibilities on what are essentially prog rock tunes, they are playing at the Peabody Opera House with all the bells and whistles. (The guy who writes this blog will be there for this one.) Doors open at 7 pm, $20–$50.

Thursday, May 10 – Looking for a reason to cross the river into Belleville? Now you have it, so gather your pals and head to the Silver Creek Saloon where the amazing and hilariously named Well Hungarians are performing the very best in rock covers. 8 pm, no cover.

Sunday, May 13 – Mother’s Day! Mom loves live music, and she loves brunch, so while there’s a lot of great places doing both, Evangeline’s offers Miss Jubilee & the Humdingers. We’re talkin’ 1920 and 30s Hot Jazz powered by our wonderful Valerie Kirchhoff. 11:30 am, no cover.

What the Locals Know: The Laumeier Art Fair celebrates its 30th year, and in addition to the obviously great art held in one of our nation’s greatest sculpture parks, it features great music. The fair is held May 11–13, and $10 gets you in. You’ll hear nearly a dozen great local bands so check it out rain or shine.

Music Note of Note: It’s been just over a year since the passing of Chuck Berry, so we should also pause to remember our own Johnnie Johnson, who was the namesake of “Johnny B. Goode.” He helped Berry arrange a lot of songs but was in the shadows until Keith Richards’s documentary Hail, Hail Rock & Roll gave him his due. This great rock and blues pianist died in 2005, playing the blues at local bars and festivals up to the very end.

Hear This Week is written by local writer, musician, and live music fan Kevin M. Mitchell

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