The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Memorial Day Weekend: May 24 to 27


The Brainstems' Last Show - Saturday, May 25 @ Blank Space
  • The Brainstems' Last Show - Saturday, May 25 @ Blank Space

Wow -- where to begin? Here, we wrote a quick guide for you. Step one: Eat some barbecue. Step two: See a show or two. Step three: Repeat. This extended weekend's offerings are slightly overwhelming. In addition to these ten picks, plenty of other events covered in the past week present themselves as show-going options. Read on for a quick recap followed by this weekend's recommendations.

See also: - Homespun: Al Holliday - Rats and People MPO Compose Music for Shakespeare Fest - The Luminary Returns with Post Performances - Dead Wax Records Opens Its Doors on Cherokee

In our Out Every Night post from earlier this week, read about the following shows: Drive-By Truckers, the Fifth Annual Crawfish Boil at Off Broadway featuring the Monads and more, the Schwag's final show and Rockabration III.

Besides those, hear about Al Holliday's latest album in Homespun (to be released this Friday at Off Broadway), check out tunes from the Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra during the Shakespeare Festival's opening weekend, catch the Luminary's inaugural show in its Post Performance series, and visit Dead Wax, the new record store on the block that's only open on Saturdays. Still want more? Keep scrollin'!

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Friday (May 24):

Antiseen w/ Hellstomper, The Supermen, Without MF Order @ The Demo 8 p.m. | $10 GG Allin's backing band come to St. Louis! Don't call them that, though; they won't like it. But in the case of 1991's Murder Junkies album, it is true. (DH)

The Maness Brothers/Mister Blackcat Split Cassette Release w/ Old Capital Square Dance Club, Carriage House @ The Heavy Anchor 6 p.m. | $5 Pick up the split cassette release by the Maness Brother and Mister Blackcat! Make sure you show up early to catch a special screening of Zombozo, a silent play written and scored by St. Louisans (including Irene Allen Sullivan and members of The Monads). (DH)

St. Louis Bluesweek Festival w/ Kim Massie, Southern Hospitality (Victor Wainwright, J.P. Soars & Damon Fowler), Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue @ Soldiers Memorial Plaza 5:30 p.m. | free This free blues fest also takes place on Sunday and Monday with headliners including Mavis Staples and Big George Brock. (MS)

Saturday (May 25):

The Brainstems w/ Marshall Brown, An Unfortunate Woman, Armadillo @ Blank Space 9 p.m. | $5 With a member moving out West, RFT Music Award nominees the Brainstems declare an indefinite hiatus. Catch them while you can as they play one more set containing every single song they've ever written. (MS)

John L. Horner w/ Eric Hall, Ou Où, Britches, Harris with Hess @ Foam 8 p.m. | $5 Check out sets from three RFT Music Award nominees as they open for out-of-town performer John L. Horner, a one-man experimental band. (MS)

Antiseen - Friday, May 24 @ The Demo

Tower Groove Records Singles Club Release w/ Tone Rodent, Kisser, Hoonbag Moonswag, Black James @ Plush 9 p.m. | $7 The latest split 7" features Tone Rodent and Kisser. In addition to the show, check out a display of Tower Groove Records Singles artwork along with videos by Bill Streeter. (MS)

Sunday (May 26):

Shooter Jennings @ The Demo 4 p.m. | $20-$25 Put the "O" back in country with Shooter Jennings, son of outlaw country icon Waylon Jennings. Shooter announced this month that he and Lukas Nelson (son of Willie Nelson) are currently in the midst of recording an album together, so watch out for that as well. (DH)

Second Chance EvenChance Pit Bull Rescue Benefit w/ Tok, Pillow Talk, Dibiase, Fumer, Rev. Whiskey Richard & the Holy Smokes, 12 to 6 Movement @ Lemmons 6 p.m. | $5 This one's for the pups. Lemmons hosts an early all-ages show to benefit the EvenChance Pit Bull Rescue, featuring plenty of raffles. Keep an eye out for the RFT's Street Team who will bring some of their own swag to the event. (MS)

Monday (May 27):

Big Boi w/ Dam Funk, Fishhawk, Downstereo, Nappy DJ Needles, Tef Poe, Corey Black, DJ Mahf & Steddy P, Scripts 'N Screwz, Thelonius Kryptonite, Mathias & the Pirates @ The Demo 1 p.m. | $30-$100 Daddy Fat Sax comes to St. Louis! The more prolific half of OutKast comes to the Demo in what is a shoo-in for one of the best ways to officially kick off the summer season that I have ever seen. (DH)

Bitter End w/ Bent Life, Cross Me @ Fubar 8:30 p.m. | $12 Mosh your friends and enemies alike with San Antonio's Bitter End, purveyors of heavy hardcore some might remember from Gateway to the West Fest. This is only the second stop on the band's tour; show them some love and get it started right. (DH)

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