by Daniel Hill
Just in case you haven't nearly wrecked your car staring at Lumiere Place's toweringly monolithic billboard off I-70 recently, we'll start out by informing you that yes, the legendary Australian wuss-rock powerhouse known as Air Supply will be playing in town this weekend. Hard core soft-rockers Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell will be making music out of nothing at all at some point in time over the next three days -- it's impossible to be sure when, exactly, as those details were overlooked as I crossed haphazardly across three lanes of traffic, mesmerized by Russell's focused, emotional gaze. Also no, I do not know which "Russell" is which.
Luckily, The Supply isn't the only game in town, and we at the RFT have the details for several other great shows this weekend.
George Strait and Martina McBride will play Scottrade Center on Friday night for fans of big-arena contemporary country; Austin Texas's Jon Dee Graham will offer his big, throaty ballads in the decidedly smaller Off Broadway on the same night. Several other artists not from Texas will also play other variably sized venues throughout the weekend, including Florida's rap "Bawse" Rick Ross at the Ambassador, Israeli jazz clarinetist Anat Cohen at Jazz at the Bistro, and St. Louis's own youthful blues trio The Rum Drum Ramblers at the Gargoyle. More still after the break:
Allen Stone with Tommy and the High Pilots and Tidal Volume The Firebird Friday February 17 at 7:30 pm $12.00
George Strait and Martina McBride Scottrade Center Friday February 17 at 7:30pm $39.50-$79.50
Jon Dee Graham Off Broadway Friday February 17 at 7:00 pm (early show; stick around for the late show listed below) $12.00
Spectator with My Molly and The Vintage Years Off Broadway Friday February 17 at 9:30 pm (late show) $7.00
Anat Cohen Quartet Jazz at the Bistro Friday February 17 and Saturday February 18 at 9:30 pm $25.00-$30.00
Lotus with Conspirator and Goodness Gracious The Pageant Saturday February 18 at 8:00 pm $22.00 advance/$25.00 dos
Go! Tsunami with Quixotic and Grace Sophia Jefferson Warehouse Saturday February 18 at 8:00 pm $5.00 -- Killer surf-rock with nothing embed-able on the whole internet. Check out their Myspace page for songs.
Rum Drum Ramblers with Bo & the Locomotive Gargoyle Saturday February 18 at 8:00 pm $10.00
St. Louis Songwriters Anonymous Benefit for Joplin Missouri featuring performances by Chris Stewart, Billy Croghan and Ben & Allie Focal Point - Maplewood Saturday February 18 at 8:00 pm
Rick Ross The Ambassador Sunday February 19 at 7:00 pm $35.00-$45.00