by Joseph Hess
Benefit shows give concert goers a shot at giving back while supporting their favorite artists -- all for a good cause. Tef Poe brings out his latest work ahead of release day for a listening party at Create Space in the Loop for an event dubbed "We Declare War Against Hunger." South city dwellers can look to Melt on Cherokee Street for a varied lineup in support of the Covering House, helping victims of sex-trafficking (read more about this show on our blog today).
But maybe your dollars are better spent in the annals of Ballpark Village, either on Friday with the Urge or this Sunday with George Clinton. Here's the quick and dirty on the weekend ahead:
FRIDAY, JULY 10
Amy Black w/ Sarah Borges Friday, July 10 The Stage at KDHX 8 p.m. | $12-$15 2015's Muscle Shoals Sessions shows Amy Black at her most versatile, channeling the music of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, circa 1969 (and the surrounding decades, of course). Her Muscle Shoals Revue is especially geared toward the delivery of the latest record, which is tethered in that signature Southern twang.
Sad Magick w/ Spitwad, Nos Bos, Posture Friday, July 10 Foam Coffee & Beer 10 p.m. | $5 Maybe shoegaze implies that the audience will stare at its collective shoes (as a result of being socially awkward, of course). Rather, we like to think the term nowadays refers to the crowd staring at the shoes of the performers as they navigate a long board of pedals and effects. Posture is such a band that brings the breadth of dreamy indie rock without the eye-rolling callbacks via Sonic Youth, Pavement, etc. The sound of progress in a coffee shop is deafening (literally).
We Declare War Against Hunger w/ Tef Poe (listening party) Friday, July 10 Create Space 8 p.m. | $10 While Tef Poe is set to release War Machine 3 next Tuesday, true fans can hear it at Create Space, located across from the Tivoli Theater (and our office!) in the Delmar Loop. Peep the latest video "Prince" and keep your cash handy -- until you throw down for a great cause, that is.
Wild and Blue: A Tribute to Anne Tkach w/ Fred Friction, the Skekses, Peck of Dirt, Ransom Note, the Good Griefs, Rough Shop, Hazeldine, Magic City Friday, July 10 Off Broadway 8 p.m. | $10-$20 Anne Tkach was (and still is) an absolute asset to St. Louis music. Pay tribute with a night of music by her best friends and bandmates, and read more about her life and legacy below: --Anne Tkach's Friends and Fans Pay Tribute to Her Life --Anne Tkach to be Honored with Tribute Show By Friends and Fellow Musicians on Friday
The Urge Friday, July 10 Ballpark Village 6 p.m. | $10.57-$30 Please wait while we try to count how many hearts frontman Steve Ewing has touched either through his delicious wieners or his role as lead singer for one of St. Louis' most resilient bands. Or you could grab your tickets now before the Urge sells out yet another local show.
SATURDAY, JULY 11
Judge Nothing (Record Release Party) Saturday, July 11 Tick Tock Tavern 3 p.m. | free Just east of the muddy river lies breeding ground for infectious pop and plenty of punk to go around. Alton's Judge Nothing is yet another hometown hero that crosses catchy licks with raw songs that rely on the all-important hook. Expect acoustic renditions of the band's hits throughout the years, which makes sense considering the new record is actually a collection of original demo tapes. For local diehards and those interested in St. Louis music history, this is an essential slab of wax.
mewithoutYou w/ Foxing, Field Mouse Saturday, July 11 Off Broadway 8 p.m. | $15-$17 Maybe mewithoutYou holds top billing, but let's be real. Foxing made headlines last week when its trailer was lifted and stolen, netting the band a total loss of over $30,000. Support poured in via donations through gofundme with more than $10,000 raised in a matter of hours. And considering how bashful the band has been about collecting several grand from its fans, expect the boys to try to pay that money back in full with an emotional performance at show that is expected to sell out, nevermind the circumstances.
Raekwon and Ghostface Killah w/ Dillon Cooper, A-Game Saturday, July 11 The Ready Room 8 p.m. | $26-$30 By Daniel Hill No-brainer status achieved. Raekwon and Ghostface Killah are coming to town. Together. There is nothing about this that is not really fucking cool. The Chef himself, with your boy Tony Stark. Two of the most critically lauded Wu-sters. Expect lots of tracks off of Rae's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx albums, on which Ghostface was prominently featured. Expect classic Wu-Tang cuts. Expect billowing clouds of marijuana smoke.
Waybridge Records Showcase w/ Because Reasons, Birds of Stanhope, Anabasis Saturday, July 11 Music Record Shop 2 p.m. | free Waybridge Records has been in operation for roughly sixteen months, but the label already boasts a roster of over twenty acts with 35 releases between them. An effort like this isn't some fly-by-night vanity label, existing solely so some young, enterprising band doesn't have to write in "self-released" in the label field of every social media site. No, Waybridge has gained traction, and more than a few stellar acts in the meantime.
SUNDAY, JULY 12
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic Sunday, July 12 Ballpark Village 7 p.m. | $9.55-$100.00 Parliament Funkadelic is coming to Ballpark Village. Yes, you read right. The same spot where mostly white onlookers and #BlackLivesMatter protesters locked horns will now be a stage for George Clinton and hundreds of drunk ass-shakers. It's Sunday night and church is in session.
Note: Though we wish we could, we can't feature every great show happening in town in just one post. Peruse the St. Louis concert calendar for more ideas, and let everyone know what else you're looking forward to seeing this weekend in the comments below. To be considered for coverage in RFT Music, submit show info online or drop us a line anytime.
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