The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: August 22 to 24

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Look for the flying pig this weekend when El Monstero hits Art Hill. - TODD OWYOUNG FOR RFT

This weekend, support some great shows for even greater causes -- a Michael Brown benefit show jam-packed with local talent takes over Plush, and a Clash tribute show to benefit Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy graces the stage at Off Broadway. Locals Blank Generation and Edgefield C. Johnston also drop new releases at Schlafly Tap Room. Read on for plenty more concert-going alternatives in our recommendations.

Friday (August 22):

MC Frontalot w/ Dr Awkward, Corn Mo @ Fubar 7 p.m. | $14 Self-described "world's 579th greatest rapper" MC Frontalot is the king of nerd-core hip-hop. Fans of MC Chris take note. (DH)

Nikki Hill @ Beale on Broadway 8 p.m. | $7 The STL native's star continues to rise nationally, and her local stops are few and far between. Don't miss the opportunity to catch a true talent in her hometown. (DH)

Also on Friday, check out the Blank Generation releases an album at Schlafly Tap Room and Dave Stone Trio plays its regular gig at Mangia Italiano. Click the links for extended previews.

Saturday (August 23):

Edgefield C. Johnston CD Release w/ Carriage House, Ardor Glowing @ Schlafly Tap Room 9 p.m. | free Singer-songwriter Edgefield C. Johnston officially releases his album Ghost Town Boogie: The Songs of John Joseph Scum etc​.​, Vol. I, featuring Americana and lo-fi, garage-rock tinged songs. Click the link for a preview. (MS)

El Monstero @ Art Hill 7 p.m. | $30-$40 El Monstero, the self-proclaimed "definitive Pink Floyd tribute experience" promises to make a memorable night in Forest Park -- commemorative t-shirts are already hot off the presses! If you're not sure what's in store, see it for yourself. (MS)

RFT Q & Brew in the Lou w/ Old Capital Square Dance Club, Dance Floor Riot @ St. Louis Union Station 4 p.m. | $30-$60 This barbecue and brew event sold out earlier this week, but stand outside for free sounds and smells -- maybe a ticketholder will pity you enough to save you some scraps. (MS)

Rikk Agnew Band

SMAndinista: A Tribute to the Clash w/ Picture Day, Estevan, Rocksteady Flyers, Kadu Flyer, Shark Dad @ Off Broadway 9 p.m. | $7-$10 What better in these trying times than the music of the Clash to soothe our minds and inspire our hearts? And for a good cause, nonetheless -- proceeds benefit Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy. (DH)

What We Won't See w/ Lida Una, Gemini Hustler, Wax Fruit @ The Crack Fox 8 p.m. | $8 This line-up features a variety of local talent. Read more about industrial-rock duo What We Won't See in a recent Fill in the Blank profile, for instance. (MS)

Nothing More w/ Sleepwave, Arythma @ The Firebird 8 p.m. | $12 For fans of Coheed and Cambria. (DH)

For another option on Saturday night, consider catching punk stalwarts Zero Boys at Fubar.

Sunday (August 24):

Michael Brown Benefit Show w/ Tef Poe, Black Spade, Thi'sl, Mario Pascal, Nato Caliph, Coco Soul, Mirage, Ruka Puff, Kenny Knox, Doorway, T Dubb-O, Bo Dean, Haiku, Ackurate, the Domino Effect, Allen Gates, Tech Supreme, DJ Smitty @ Plush 4 p.m. | $5 The crew behind S.L.U.M. Fest assembles a remarkable line-up of local talent to raise funds for the family of Michael Brown. Read more here. (MS)

The Rikk Agnew Band w/ Pistofficer, Maximum Effort, Trauma Harness @ Fubar 7:30 p.m. | $12 This man wrote the Adolescents best songs. And he still incorporates them into his set today. Totally worth your time, jaded old punk and fresh-faced new kid alike. (DH)

Also previewed earlier this week, ZZ Top performs at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater and Multicult powers through Melt. Learn more behind the hyperlinks.

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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