Alabama Shakes is Coming to the Pageant


Alabama Shakes at Old Rock House in December - KHOLOOD EID
  • Kholood Eid
  • Alabama Shakes at Old Rock House in December

Alabama Shakes has just announced a show on October 9 at the Pageant. Tickets are $22.50 in advance or $25 day of show -- the advance tickets go on sale this Friday at 5 p.m.

As recently as December, this band was playing the Old Rock House. That's a quick jump and the sort of upgrade that tells you a lot about a band's trajectory -- the Shakes' debut Boys and Girls is finding some of the year's most solid footing among both fans and critics. Don't be surprised if the buzz is deafening by October.

We've written about two recent shows by the Alabama Shakes -- the Old Rock House stop and also, briefly, its set at Bonnaroo, about which RFT Music writer Dave Geeting said:

After an opening interlude, Brittney Howard and her Athens, Alabama, bandmates launched into their first single "Hold On" as the arena-sized crowd sang along with every word. Howard seemed humbled by the size and enthusiasm of the audience yet confident in her ability to keep it satisfied, particularly in the undulating "You Ain't Alone". At one point, Howard looked at the crowd in wonder and shouted "I love ya'll!!". The feeling is mutual, Brittney.

Famously touted by the likes of Jack White, Alabama Shakes has received a great deal of buzz in the alternative music blogosphere. The Shakes' strong debut album Boys and Girls, combined with last night's epic performance proved them more than worthy. With an undeniable poise and a stage presence that belies her youth, Howard's ability to mix her deep, soulful voice with high-pitched wails made Alabama Shakes the definite high point of Day One at Bonnaroo.

Riverfront Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of St. Louis and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep St. Louis' true free press free.