The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: October 4 to 6


The Full Hookup dance party celebrates its one-year anniversary on Saturday at Handlebar. (See more The Full Hookup photos. - NICHOLAS ZARAGOZA
  • Nicholas Zaragoza
  • The Full Hookup dance party celebrates its one-year anniversary on Saturday at Handlebar. (See more The Full Hookup photos.

This weekend, two festivals hit the streets: Grove Fest and the Great Totem Festival. Besides those, catch legendary acts including the Last Poets and Geto Boys. All kinds of recommendations await, right after the jump!

Friday (October 4):

Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin @ The Sheldon 8 p.m. | $40-$50 Five-time Grammy winner Mary Chapin Carpenter knows a thing or two about playing country/folk tunes. After all, she's been doing it for over 25 years. (DH)

Thollem McDonas @ Webster University-Moore Auditorium 7:30 p.m. | free Keyboard improviser Thollem McDonas, who has collaborated with hundreds of musicians including William Parker and Mike Watt, performs live to Martha Coburn's Super 8 stop-motion films including Triumph of the Wild. (MS)

Wretched Worst w/ Wild Hex, Gutterpriest @ Apop Records 9 p.m. | $5 Lexington's Wretched Worst brings its sludgy hardcore metal to Cherokee Street. Listen here. Wild Hex, a new St. Louis band, opens along with Gutterpriest featuring a member of Execution Techniques. (MS)

Also on Friday, consider checking out University City native saxophonist Marty Ehrlich at the New Music Circle's season opening event. Ransom Note also releases a new CD this evening, and Dr. Dog performs at the Chaifetz Arena with the Lumineers. Click on the links to read more via coverage from earlier this week.

Saturday (October 5):

The Full Hookup One Year Anniversary w/ DJ Who @ HandleBar 10 p.m. The Full Hookup turns one year old, keeping the feet moving and the faces smiling at the HandleBar, which we recently dubbed St. Louis' best dance club. (DH)

Grove Fest w/ Hope and Therapy, Stickley & Canan, Fresh Heir, Vibesteady, DJ Sinamin, Hazard to Ya Booty, DJ Disco Dick, DJ Irene, Old Salt Union, Dave Simon's Rock School All Stars, T/Lec, Perkinoff Brothers, Trance Dance, Mathias and the Pirates, The Blind Eyes, Tef Poe @ The Grove 2 p.m. | free Catch sixteen acts across two stages at the eighth annual Grove Fest - full schedule here. The Gramophone also hosts a free showcase. Get the full details on the Grove Fest website. (MS)

Pet Rock: the Musical w/ Animal Teeth, Beauty Pageant, Willis @ Livery Company 9 p.m. | free Pet Rock: the Musical returns from a hiatus with its special brand of "human techno psychedelic rock explosion of space funk." The openers, Livery frequenters, keep things raw'n'real. This one's all over the board. Leave your inhibitions and expectations at the door. (MS)

Also on Cherokee Street on Saturday night, check out the debut of the the Great Totem Festival. For more options in south city, catch Quasi at Off Broadway or Kenshiro's at the Heavy Anchor.

Sunday (October 6):

The Last Poets @ Missouri History Museum 7 p.m. | $15-$20 To cap off the opening weekend of a 1968 exhibit, the museum welcomes spoken word collective the Last Poets, regarded as the godfathers of rap music. (MS)

Antichrist w/ Bastard, Terra Caput Mundi, Oblong Box @ Fubar 8 p.m. | $10-$12 Antichrist is from Sweden. Sweden is far away, and bands from there don't come here often. Also, this band rips shreds, delivering hard-edged thrash metal with a technical bent. (DH)

Jesse & the Hogg Brothers w/ Without MF Order, Filthy Jill and the Muscle, Doubtwhistle @ The Demo 8 p.m. | $7 Old-timey country music, born in Texas and based out of Cambridge, Massachusetts. And according to the band's Facebook page, for the live show, "u never really no who gonna show." Note: they're also performing at Ye Ole Haunt on Friday!

Saint Vitus w/ Pallbearer, The Hookers, Fister @ The Firebird 7:30 p.m. |$20 Cap your weekend off with some punishing doom metal from one of the genre's finest. Solid opening acts make for a kickass show through and through; arrive early and don't miss them. (DH)

Also on our recommended shows list for Sunday, Geto Boys performs at the Coliseum.

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 to be considered for inclusion on these lists.


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