by Mabel Suen
The weekend's finally here, though I guess we got it started a little early this time thanks to Artopia and the Mastermind Awards. There's a lot happening, and we want to highlight as many shows as possible, so be sure to check our notes under each evening's list of events. Just click on the big blue links to learn more about the featured artists via posts published earlier this week. Keep reading for our recommendations!
Friday (August 30):
Mattox w/ Depth & Current, Kevin Harris, N. Nomurai @ 2720 Cherokee 9 p.m. | $5 Mattox features experimental post-rock Tex-Mex while Depth & Current hails from Oklahoma and shovels out heady shoegaze. Openers include the improvisational N. Nomurai and analog synthesis stylings of Kevin Harris. (MS)
Freshman Class VIII w/ Victor Vick, Ackurate Tha Wise, Prospect, Less, J'Demul, Kay Gee, DJ Lola @ Blank Space 8 p.m. | $5 The eighth annual Freshman Class show introduces St. Louis to its up-and-coming hip-hop artists. (DH)
Saturday (August 31):
Current: An Open Air Workshop and Performance w/ Thelonius Kryptonite, DJ Nune, Mikey Wehling, Franco-Hill, Black James, Eric Hall, Syna So Pro, Loose Screws, Ou Où @ Old Post Office Plaza 7 p.m. | free The Luminary's post performance series culminates with a series of improvisational, collaborative sets. Read more about it in our interview with Luminary co-founder James McAnally. (MS)
Sammy Hagar @ Verizon Wireless Ampitheater 7 p.m. | $49-$332 Honestly, I do not count myself among the Red Rocker's many fans...but most of St. Louis does! You can thank KSHE for that one. He does make a decent tequila, though. (DH)
Ring, Cicada w/ Loza @ The Demo 9 p.m. | $7 Ring, Cicada hails from Collinsville, Illinois, and plays mid-'90s era instrumental post-rock in the vein of the Slint and Don Caballero. At this particular show, they'll be performing their 2009 album, History's End. (MS)
Bruiser Queen w/ Mr. Ben, 32pc. Vintage Party Set @ Melt 8 p.m. | free If you haven't been to Melt, get excited for some hot waffle action served up with a side of sweet syrupy tunes. This is one of the space's first shows, so let's give 'em a warm welcome. (MS)
Sunday (September 1):
Cree Rider Family Band CD Release w/ Hobosexuals, Pistols and the Sisters, The Thin Dimes, Junebug, Jack Grelle, W.T. Newton @ The Gramophone 5:30 p.m. | $10 Cree Rider Family band releases its latest alongside several of St. Louis' finest. Definitely be sure to check out Pistols and the Sisters too; that band is one to watch. (DH)
Funkfest w/ Con Funk Shun, Dazz Band @ Ambassador 8 p.m. | $25-$30 It's a funk show, starring two of the early peddlers of the genre, so you know it will be an over-the-top good time. Also, Dazz Band wrote this kickass song, so yeah. (DH)
Sick/Sea w/ Joshewa Boyer, 3 of 5 @ Lemmons 7 p.m. | $5 Sick/Sea comes from a town called McAllen in Texas and plays a pleasant sort of infectious indie pop generated by siblings Audrey and Cameron Scott. If that sounds up your alley, check 'em out on Bandcamp. (MS)
Note: Though we wish we could, we can't feature every great show happening in town in just one measly post. Peruse the St. Louis concert calendar for more ideas any time. Let everyone know what else you're looking forward to seeing this weekend in the comments below, and send show tips to firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered for inclusion on these lists.