The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: September 4 to 6


Quaere Verum performs this Saturday at Fubar for Midwest Extreme United Fest, featuring more than ten bands across two stages. - PHOTO BY JON MILLES
  • Photo by Jon Milles
  • Quaere Verum performs this Saturday at Fubar for Midwest Extreme United Fest, featuring more than ten bands across two stages.
Sure, Midwest Extreme United Fest is a mouthful, but the modest fest brings together more than ten bands that stretch and smash the metal genre. This weekend is yet another that cuts deep in the musical canon of St. Louis. The story grows with each passing week, welcoming new bands while saying farewell to beloved acts like the Disappeared. The Big Muddy Blues Festival takes over Laclede's Landing on Saturday and Sunday, marking yet another year for the grassroots event. 


A Benefit for Tom Alderson w/ Out Of Time, Blackwater '64, New Lives, Strangers Now, Church Key
The Firebird
7 p.m. | $10
By Daniel Hill
On July 26, Crosscheck drummer Tom Alderson was accosted and severely beaten by two men in Philadelphia. The incident took place at an after-show for this year's This Is Hardcore fest. The motive? Alderson reportedly bumped into one of the two men while moshing. The violence left Alderson hospitalized with traumatic brain injuries; its ripple effect shocked the hardcore community worldwide. In just a month, a GoFundMe page for the drummer has collected nearly $30,000 in donations, with benefit shows such as this one popping up in hardcore scenes across the globe.

Dave King Trucking Company
Ferring Jazz Bistro
7:30 & 9:30 p.m. | $25
Those familiar with avant jazz trio the Bad Plus will know Dave King from his singular style of heady, primal percussion. King's approach to drums can seem at once calculated and unhinged, with rare moments of chaos peppered throughout. His "Trucking Company" retains both ends of the spectrum — a push and pull of tight compositions littered with glimpses of free-jazz. But this group hits pay dirt before the brain can box it up and slap any kind of genre label on it. The j-word is convenient here, but this band is one best taken without expectations. 

Denny Laine
Focal Point
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
Off Broadway
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. 


The Disappeared Farewell Show w/ Better Days, the Haddonfields, Black For A Second
The Demo
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
Off Broadway
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. 

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
Laclede's Landing
3 p.m.
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
The Bootleg 
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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