The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: August 29 to September 1

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Bunnygrunt - Saturday, August 30 @ the Engine Room. - THEO WELLING
  • Theo Welling
  • Bunnygrunt - Saturday, August 30 @ the Engine Room.

This holiday weekend, locals Drown Fish and Ou Ou debut new releases, Big Muddy Blues Festival comes to Laclede's Landing and much more. Head to the Demo to congratulate staff on obtaining its liquor license, and stick around to check out the new Music Record Shop as well as the Bands Up, Don't Shoot Ferguson benefit show at the Ready Room. Read on for more information for these shows in this weekend's recommendations.

Friday (August 29):

Big Muddy Blues Festival w/ Everette Dean, Billy Peek, Marquise Knox @ Laclede's Landing 7 p.m. | free-$90 An annual event now in its nineteenth year, Big Muddy Blues Festival brings 24 acts and three stages to Laclede's Landing for what is sure to be a stompin' good time over the course of three days. (DH)

The Clothesline w/ Hubbble, DJ Sinamin, DJ Agile One @ Blank Space 9 p.m. | $5 This Blank Space event features "Videobodiment," an interactive video installation by Silvia and Derek Dadian-Smith, along with a line-up of local sounds. Fifty-perecent of the even'ts proceeds will go to Michael Brown's memorial fund. (MS)

Sweet Talk w/ Black James, Psychedelic Gangbang @ Livery Company 8 p.m. | $5 Sweet Talk comes from Austin to play its poppy, punky rock'n'roll -- check it out on Bandcamp. Local openers Black James and a mysterious new (?) project called Psychedelic Gangbang are bound to make the rest of the party dance-worthy. (MS)

Also on Friday, check out the Weirdos at Atomic Cowboy and Fielded at the Luminary, where Ou Ou will release a new album. Click the links for more info.

Saturday (August 30):

Bunnygrunt w/ The Ottomen, Popular Mechanics @ The Engine Room 9 p.m. | $5 With Karen Reid no longer living in St. Louis, Bunnygrunt shows have become few and far between. Don't miss this one! (DH)

DMX w/ St. Lunatics @ Ambassador 8 p.m. | $35-$50 There's nothing I could tell you about DMX that you don't already know, and either love or hate. Instead, let's watch this video of him losing his mind on a rollercoaster in Orlando. (DH)

Islands w/ Teen @ The Firebird 8:30 p.m. | $12-$14 Despite near-constant lineup shifts, Islands remains, going into its tenth year and with new album Ski Mask having been released this past fall. (DH)

Also on Saturday, Tom Hall performs at BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, and Tommy Halloran and Guerilla Swing plays a free show at St. Louis Premium Outlets.

Video by Graham Matthews

Sunday (August 31):

Bands Up, Don't Shoot: A Ferguson/STL Solidarity Show w/ Shaved Women, Tawaine Noah, Animal Teeth, Lions Eat Grass, Barely Free, Blood Shaman, Blight Future, Loose Screwz, Jack Grelle, Dem Scientist, We Are Like Computers, Trauma Harness, Q, 3 of 5, No Class, What We Won't See, Blitz Boys @ The Ready Room 5 p.m. | $5 Five bucks for more than fifteen acts. Read up on the event in this extended preview, complete with videos of performers. (MS)

Drown Fish CD Release w/ Pat Sajak Assassins, Matt Harnish @ Off Broadway 7 p.m. | $7 Local hard-folk group Drown Fish drops its debut EP, If the Moon Had Teeth, alongside some stalwarts of the local music scene. Get a preview of the performance to come via the Drown Fish YouTube page. (MS)

Joe w/ Case, KeKe Wyatt, Donnell Jones, Kelly Price @ Chaifetz Arena 7 p.m. | $43-$200 It takes a lot of talent to be able to get away with simply calling yourself "Joe" as a stage name, but luckily Joseph Lewis Thomas has that in spades, with seven Grammy nominations under his belt over the years. (DH)

Another option for your Sunday: Marquise Knox takes the stage at Beale on Broadway.

Monday (September 1):

Morbids w/ Dogtooth, The Humanoids, Breakmouth Annie @ Melt 9 p.m. | $6-$7 This Labor Day jammer features two bands from out-of-town: Morbids from Asheville and Dogtooth from Nashville. Both vibe off of shoegaze and punk influence. Have a listen by clicking on the links. (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 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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