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Every week we compile all the best concerts and club dates in St. Louis. Here are our critics' picks for two shows you really don't want to miss; see our calendar
for a complete roster.
Silver Wings: A Tribute to Merle Haggard
7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 28.
Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue. $10 to $12. 314-773-3363.
On the cover of I'm a Lonesome Fugitive, Merle Haggard's first album for Capitol Records, the singer, then barely 30 years old, holds tight to a boxcar leaving a train yard. He looks less like an outlaw and more like a young James Dean bound for glory. The Hag knew how to cut a figure, and he knew the power of outsider mythology. As a musician and songwriter, he was so much more than that. The St. Louis bands performing for "Silver Wings: A Tribute to Merle Haggard" will have their work cut out for them. But with a lineup of veterans and newcomers — Colonel Ford, Rough Shop, the River Kittens, the Dive Poets and Cooter and Hoss — this tribute should take us all deep inside the work of an irreplaceable American artist. Dukes of Haggard: Cooter and Hoss, the least familiar name on this bill, is the guitar and upright bass duo of Aaron Chandler and Ben Reece of the Funky Butt Brass Band. –Roy Kasten
8 p.m. Saturday, May 28.
The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard. $27.50 to $30. 314-726-6161.
Strange Music, the Kansas City-based record label founded by motor-mouthed rapper Tech N9ne, may well be the most successful independent hip-hop label ever. Its carefully curated roster has been so successful that its founder recently found himself on Forbes Magazine's 2015 list of highest-paid rappers — the only independent artist on the list. This tour sees several artists on that roster hitting the road for much of spring alongside Tech. Appropriately dubbed the "Independent Powerhouse" tour, the outing includes Strange Music labelmates Ces Cru, Stevie Stone, Mayday, Rittz and Krizz Kaliko. Send in the Clowns: Don't be surprised to see a fair number of juggalos in attendance. Though their traditional home base is ICP's Psychopathic Records, it is not uncommon to see a Strange Music logo tattooed on a wicked clown. Watch out for Faygo. —Daniel Hill
Editor's note: This story was updated after publication to remove mention of Joe Fletcher's concert at Off Broadway, as it was canceled after we went to press. We also updated our headline and photos accordingly.