by Mabel Suen
Get out and toast those buns! This weekend offers a couple different options for enjoying some tunes under the sun, such as Fair St. Louis' free concert series and Stag Nite in the Woods. If not feeling outdoors-y (or if the skies open up with rain as predicted), check out a selection of cool indoor shows like Chromaconditional at the Contemporary Art Museum and Bad Rabbits at the Firebird.
Friday (July 19):
Bad Rabbits @ The Firebird 8 p.m. | $12-$14 Any band good enough to be the backing band for none other than Slick Rick is good enough for us. Bad Rabbits is presently touring on their newest, the excellent American Love LP. (DH)
Chromaconditional @ Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis 8 p.m. | $10 See (and hear) what happens when experimental musicians and filmmakers assemble to connect the motion and colors of a large-scale super 8 mm film projection with modular synthesizers. Expect the unexpected. (MS)
Needtobreathe @ Soldiers Memorial Plaza w/ Roots of Rebellion, Blackwater '64 6 p.m. | free K'naan canceled his Friday night show, but the week's Fair Saint Louis festivities continue without a hitch. Alternative rock fans can convene for NEEDTOBREATHE, a rock band from South Carolina that's been crooning sappy love songs since 1998. (MS)
Saturday (July 20):
The Trip Daddys @ Blues City Deli 1 p.m. | free If you haven't had a sandwich dressed with live music from Blues City Deli yet, get in line. The wait's never too long and both the music and eats are worthwhile fare to sink into. This Saturday's entertainment comes from the Trip Daddys, who have played good 'ol rockabilly-tinged rock-n-roll since '95. (MS)
El Monstero @ Verizon Wireless Ampitheater 7 p.m. | $23.50-$175 The definitive St. Louis-based Pink Floyd tribute band rolls out another show sure to impress. Look forward to costumed dancers, expertly delivered guitar solos, over-the-top theatrics and, more than likely, explosive pyrotechnics. (MS)
Cafe Soul Live w/ Keke Wyatt, Nikko Smith, Aloho, Mi'sho, Ms. Kriss, Cherise Carroll, Wildmann, Mz. N.V., C. Jay Conrod, Rhoda G., Silky Sol, The Perfect Storm @ The Pageant 7 p.m. | $20-$30 Cafe Soul takes over the Pageant again, with R&B diva Keke Wyatt and a slew of local talent. (DH)
Stag Nite in the Woods w/ Black James, Bug Chaser, Tok, Skarekrau Radio, Tacobellville, Bloodbath and Beyond, Ellen the Felon and the Mattronome, Fred Friction, AZTV, Bruiser Queen, Beauty Pageant, Zak Marmalefsky, Old Capital Square Dance Club, The Maness Brothers @ Huzzah Conservation Area 9 a.m. | $20 South city's infamous Stag Nite leaves Cherokee Street and convenes at the Huzzah River for one day of fun under the sun. Just stick around to see what happens whenever it gets dark. Read more about the excursion here. (MS)
Don't forget to consider the Bump & Hustle One-Year Anniversary, Heavy Horse's album release and Shai Halud as well as William Tyler and Bob Log III. Click the links to read what RFT Music had to say about them earlier this week.
Sunday (July 21):
Leftover Cuties @ Old Rock House 8 p.m. | $8/$10 Leftover Cuties' people sent me over a CD recently, the soon-to-be released Spark and the Fire, and it keeps finding its way back into my ears. Jazzy pop-rock with enchanting vocals. Nauseatingly catchy. See for yourself. (DH)
For another option, check out Dogbreth.