The Ten Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: May 16-18


Monogram Suitcase Album Release - Saturday, May 17 @ Melt. - ALLAN CRAIN
  • Allan Crain
  • Monogram Suitcase Album Release - Saturday, May 17 @ Melt.

This weekend, get down at the third annual Roller Disco at the Skatium, pick up a copy of Monogram Suitcase's debut release and select from a wide variety of touring acts stopping in to play some shows in town. The recommended list includes everything from Nappy Roots to Bobby Bare Jr. Read on to learn more.

Friday (May 16):

Bobby Bare Jr. w/ Brian Henneman, Kip Loui @ Off Broadway 9 p.m. | $12-$18 The younger Bobby Bare has clearly taken a shine to St. Louis, with stops at Off Broadway repeatedly in the last couple of years. And that affection is reciprocated by his St. Louis fans, who pack the house for his shows. This one should be no different. (DH)

Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Group @ the Pageant 8 p.m. | $49.50-$69.50 Thanks to this scene from King of the Hill I can no longer hear the name "Lyle Lovett" without immediately thinking "Outta my way, rooster-boy." And that's fine. (DH)

Roller Disco w/ Funk Incorporated @ St. Louis Skatium 9:30 p.m. | $10 Here's what Roller Disco looks like. For the third year in a row, DJ Boogieman and DJ Invisible Cola bring it with one of the best and brightest -- like, colorwise -- parties on wheels. (MS)

A couple more of our recommended picks covered earlier this week include Pig Destroyer at Fubar and Bruxism No. 3 at Apop Records. Click the links to learn more.

Saturday (May 17):

ABK w/ Blaze, John Boi, Freakz R Us, Cash Reap, POW @ Pop's Nightclub 6:30 p.m. | $13-$17 Anybody Killa and Twizted are the Psychopathic-affiliated artists that have the most "cred" in juggalo circles, possibly even more so than ICP. Also, last year when I went to the Gathering of the Juggalos, ABK was driving around on a golf cart at like 5 a.m., and I saw some dude walk up to him with a huge bag of weed to show off, which ABK reached into and took a handful of, as one might with a bag of popcorn. The kid left with a lighter bag, much to his chagrin, and I laughed. You know, for whatever that's worth. (DH)

Grieves w/ SonReal, Fearce Vill @ The Firebird 8:30 p.m. | $12-$14 Seattle rapper Grieves is signed to Minneapolis' Rhymesayers label, which probably tells you most of what you need to know. Expect heady rhymes, smooth productions and an energetic live show. (DH)

Harvest Sessions w/ Auset Music Project @ Tower Grove Farmers' Market 10 a.m. | free Harvest Sessions kicked off at the market just a couple weeks ago, and the lineup for the season looks strong. Catch everything from rock & roll to soul this summer while shopping fresh produce and absorbing the lively ambiance. (MS)

Laura Jane Grace (of Against Me!) w/ Big Eyes @ The Ready Room 8:30 p.m. | $15-$17 Against Me!'s singer has branched out solo, touring in support of January's Transgender Dysphoria Blues, which is about exactly what it says. (DH)

Monogram Suitcase CD Release w/ Mister Blackcat @ Melt 9 p.m. | free You can't hear what Monogram Suitcase sounds like yet, but you'll be able to after this show. The trio releases its debut album -- what better way to get to know them than over some waffles? (MS)

Also on Saturday, check out Nappy Roots at the Gramophone and The Whigs at Off Broadway.

Sunday (May 18):

Grand Maul w/ Catholic Guilt, Trauma Harness @ CBGB 8 p.m. | $5 Grand Maul hails from Columbia and plays loud and weird anarcho punk. Have a listen via its Bandcamp page to get a taste. (MS)

Permanent Makeup w/ Dad Jr., Animal Teeth, Q @ Los Punk 8:30 p.m. | $5 Permanent Makeup plays some pretty sweet punk avant rock post punk surf (thanks Bandcamp tags). Check it out. Either way, Sunday night looks pretty wild if you can make it out. Just take your pick. (MS)

For yet another option for the weekend, click this link to read about Wye Oak, performing at Old Rock House.

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 anytime. Let everyone know what else you're looking forward to seeing this weekend in the comments below, and submit show info online to be considered for inclusion on these lists.


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