by Daniel Hill
[Update: Tonight's appearance by Mighty Diamonds at 2720 Cherokee has been cancelled. In its stead, Zion & The Lion Roots Band will perform two sets tonight; the cover is only $7.]
This weekend is a good one: Bluesweek is bigger than ever, Big Muddy Records is hosting a Chili Cook-off (!), and apparently the 90's are back, based on the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Snoop Dogg, and Local H shows on Friday night (and despite St. Louis' recent loss of 100.3 Gen X Radio).
Speaking of Snoop Dogg, maybe if you hold your breath long enough he'll show up to Saturday's Devin the Dude show at Firebird and lay down a verse of 1998's "Fuck You". One can dream, right? The rest of our picks follow.
Red Hot Chili Peppers @ Scottrade Center 7:00 p.m. | $59.50 Even after all these years, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have still got it. Their newest album, I'm With You, earned them a Grammy nomination and at present the group is in the middle of a multi-year-long fifteen leg world tour. (DH)
Snoop Dogg @ Pop's Nightclub 7:00 p.m. | $30-$35 Snoop Dogg, at a disproportionately small Pop's, surrounded by strip clubs? If he manages to make it in the door past all of those east side eye-candy distractions, this show is sure to be one for the history books. (DH)
Mighty Diamonds - CANCELLED @ 2720 Cherokee w/ Zion & The Lion Roots Band 9:00 p.m. | $7 Mighty Diamonds is cancelled, Zion & The Lion Roots Band will play two sets instead.
Cam'ron @ Posh Nightclub 9:00 p.m. | Free Killa Cam makes a stop during his rising film (ha!) and music (no, but seriously) careers at East St. Louis' Posh Nightclub. (KM)
Local H @ The Firebird 8:30 p.m. | $12-$14 Ok, so you know the song "Bound for the Floor", but did you know that Local H is still going strong? This tour is in preparation for the upcoming release of their newest album, Hallelujah! I'm a Bum; their last album was met with sweeping critical acclaim. (DH)
Cam'ron - Friday @ Posh Nightclub
Bluesweek Festival 3 Shows, Friday, Saturday and Sunday Click on the days listed above for specific show details. @ Soldiers Memorial Plaza Times Vary | Free Much bigger and badder this year, Bluesweek aims to compete with national festivals. Be sure to catch Shemekia Copeland -- "the Queen of Blues." (KM)
Devin the Dude @ The Firebird w/ 12 to 6 Movement 7:00 p.m. | $15 He just wants to fuck bad bitches, for all them nights he never had bitches. Snoop Dogg on Friday, Devin the Dude on Saturday? Now if only Dr. Dre would come to town.... (DH)
Jack Buck @ Mangia Italiano 11:00 p.m. | Free Unconfined by genre trappings and equally at home in DIY basements and legit bars, Jack Buck (nominated for Best Metal Band) will blow your mind -- and this show is free! (DH)
Rockabration 2 featuring Jet W Lee @ The Firebird w/ The Orbz, The Mhurs, Peach 8:00 p.m. | $7 Orbz mastermind Jason Robinson has organized his second annual celebration of kick-ass guitar rock -- a Rockabration, if you will. (KM)
Big Muddy Records Chili Cook-off @ Off Broadway w/ Rum Drum Ramblers, the Hooten Hallers, Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost, the Griddle Kids, Trio Project, the Royal Smokestacks, the Skekses, the Hobosexuals, Lonesome Cowboy Ryan & Banjo Kellie, Chris Baricevic, Jack Grelle 2:00 p.m. | $10 Somewhat quietly, Big Muddy is doing more than almost anyone to make permanent St. Louis' crusty music gems. The label has released music from bands past (the Dinosaurs, the Vultures) and present (Rum Drum Ramblers, Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost) and maintains an open and inclusive approach. (KM)