8 p.m. | $20/$25
Ask yourself, is twenty bucks too much to catch a real rock legend in a more intimate setting than, say, an amphitheater or arena? Songwriter Denny Laine not only played in the principal lineup of the Moody Blues, he formed Wings with Paul McCartney. Since relocating to the states, Laine plucked the Cryers to help play new songs and pieces from his own backlog. A no-brainer for classic rock fiends.
Miss Molly Simms Album Release Show w/ Tortuga, The Feed
9 p.m. | $10
While the Bible Belt Sinners might be well-known for their on-stage energy, Miss Molly Simms is no slouch when she separates and lays her songs bare on the dance floor. She's been playing the game for a minute and has no time to be kind in her summations — rest assured her lyrics are equal parts biting and sassy.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
The Disappeared Farewell Show w/ Better Days, the Haddonfields, Black For A Second
9 p.m. | $10
On this night, the Disappeared leaves behind a ten year legacy of punk rock in St. Louis. That's quite a feat for a city with an embedded culture of hitting the reset button. Even in their own genre, the Disappeared have remained a constant while hundreds of other bands have formed and dissolved.
The Good Life w/ Big Harp
8 p.m. | $15
This weekend's wave of songwriters branching off from their better known bands hits its crest with Tim Kasher. The Good Life might not be the emotional powerhouse that is Cursive, but its own lighter fare is no less a woven web of disparate styles and distinct sounds. Calling this pop might be overstating the band's reliance on hooks, but the core melodies come front and center, punctuated by a strong funk rhythm section.
Kylesa w/ Caustic Casanova, Path of Might
The Ready Room
8 p.m. | $15-$18
Kylesa draws from meditative drone, taking the edge off its harrowing doom metal with warm ambient work. Repetition comes with purpose, building a hypnotic noise through circular tones set to stormy riffs under a bedrock of heavy drumming. On record, Kylesa feels greater than the sum of its parts, but its true worth comes out on stage, where every tone feels carefully calculated.
Midwest Extreme United Fest w/ Vampire Mooose, Xaemora, Hemorrhaging Elysium, Quaere Verum, Path of Might, Legend, Compelled to Destroy, CarolAnne, Truculent Void, Til Death We Rise, Nethersphere
5 p.m. | $12
The lineup is scattered across subgenres of metal, taking on doom, speed, thrash, black and even rap variants across two stages. Highlights for the night include Quaere Verum, whose own technical approach brings warped jazz through a funnel of fire, and Path of Might, who suffocates with an oppressive level of heavy riffs. The latter is set to open for Kylesa but is no less a warranted band on a bill full of powerful acts.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
Big Muddy Blues Festival Day 2 w/ Carolyn Wonderland, Grady Champion, Popa Chubby, Jeremiah Johnson Band, Hadden Sayers, Roland Johnson and Soul Endeavor, The Blue Shadows, Edward David Anderson
Big Muddy takes Laclede's Landing in a two day coup d'etat of river city blues. Both days bring the best of St. Louis blues and beyond, but this night is notable for Carolyn Wonderland and Grady Champion, who close this primer on our city's most beloved musical treasure. Sure, the blues might seem played out for certain showgoers, but the style is embedded in our cultural DNA, unless of course, you're a transplant.
Tea Leaf Green w/ Acoustics Anonymous, ClusterPluck, Belagroove
7 p.m. | $15/$20
In a few short weeks, summer will be over. Atomic Cowboy's outdoor stage, also called "The Bootleg," is one of St. Louis' most underrated venues — hopefully not for long. Tea Leaf Green might be the kind of tight jam band that would be at home within the indoor venue, but the option to party outdoors brings a higher capacity and a decidedly different vibe. Jam under the stars with a belly full of quesa.
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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