The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: November 15 to 17

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Pirate Signal EP Release - Saturday, November 16 @ The Demo - PRESS PHOTO
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  • Pirate Signal EP Release - Saturday, November 16 @ The Demo

Temperatures dropped drastically earlier this week, and during our morning walk to the office (not to mention the subsequent walk back to our cars when it's already dark outside), we can't quite feel our toes. Luckily, plenty of opportunities to resuscitate those little piggies via dancing exist over the next few days. Check out album release shows from Foxing, Ellen the Felon and A Pirate Signal, or get a double dose of soul with Lady at 2720 and KDHX's Marvin Gaye tribute at Off Broadway. Read about these recommendations and more after the jump!

Friday (November 15):

Audra McDonald @ The Sheldon 8 p.m. | $50-$150 Audra McDonald, star of stage and screen with five Tony awards under her belt, can also belt out a hell of a tune, thanks to her classical training and operatic chops. (DH)

Brother Gruesome w/ Little Big Bangs, Brian Cagle @ CBGB 9 p.m. | $5 Little Big Bangs return home from mini-tour of the Midwest and bring two acts from Oklahoma City along for the ride. Brother Gruesome, a two-piece grunge outfit, has a new 12". Check it out on Bandcamp. (MS)

Ellen the Felon CD Release w/ Kid Scientist, Fire Dog, The Chill Dawgs @ St. Louis Skatium 9 p.m. | $10 Booze, rollerskates and plenty of surprises await at Ellen the Felon's debut album release party.Ten bones buys your way in as well as a copy of Bang Bang Bang. Check out writer Christian Schaeffer's review of it here to get a taste of what's in store. (MS)

How Sweet It Is: A Tribute to Marvin Gaye w/ Big Brother Thunder & the MasterBlasters, Kenny DeShields, The Educated Guess, Fresh Heir, Al Holliday & the East Side Rhythm Band, Mo E All-Stars, Theresa Payne, Ransom Note, Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra, Superhero Killer @ Off Broadway 8 p.m. | $12-$18 This KDHX tribute featuring a variety of St. Louis musicians celebrates soulful Motown master Marvin Gaye's body of work. Grab tickets online ahead of time for a bit of a discount. (MS)

Also on Friday night, consider checking out Foxing's album release and New Music Circle's next audio-visual concert Olivia Block, Sandra Gibson and Luis Recorder. Click on the links to learn more.

Saturday (November 16):

Lady w/ Lamar Harris vs. DJ Nune @ 2720 Cherokee Performing Arts Center 7:30 p.m. | $10-$15 Lady first caught our attention while opening for Lee Fields and the Expressions back in March. The duo of soul singers returns to headline its own show. (MS)

Morton Subotnick @ Kranzberg Arts Center 8 p.m. | $15-$25 When it comes to minimalist electronic music, Morton Subotnick was one of the first. His work, Silver Apples of the Moon, was recently entered into the National Registry of Recorded works at the Library of Congress, an honor held only by 300 recordings throughout history. He tours in celebration of his 80th birthday. Refer to his official website for samples of his work. (MS)

Pirate Signal CD Release w/ Tok, Roundheels, Saluda @ The Demo 8:30 p.m. | $5 Swing by and pick up Pirate Signal's latest, of course, but make sure you check out the excellent opening bands as well. Tok never disappoints. (DH)

Also on Saturday night, catch Joe Pug at the Firebird and Googolplexia with B&E at the Way Out Club.

Sunday (November 17):

Less Than Jake w/ Anti-Flag, Masked Intruder, Get Dead @ The Firebird 7 p.m. | $25 Masked Intruder returns with two old fogey punk favorites from your middle school years. Worth it for MI alone, plus you get to see if the old punks still got it! (DH)

St. Louis Symphony: SymphonySLAM @ Powell Symphony Hall 3 p.m. | $8-$19 If you haven't been to Powell Hall in awhile, now's your chance to check it out for as little as $12 for an adult ticket. STL Symphony music director pairs music from Britten and Bartok with some pieces from Saint Louis Art Museum's private collection. (MS)

Tennis w/ On An On, Nathaniel Rateliff @ Off Broadway 8 p.m. | $13-$18 Denver's Tennis returns to St. Louis, by way of a sailboat, I am assuming. (DH)

Samothrace also stops into town on Sunday night. Click on the link to read more about them in our Out Every Night post from earlier this week.

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 clubs@riverfronttimes.com to be considered for inclusion on these lists.

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