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Henry Nilsson’s The Point
1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, February 2. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue. $5 to $15. 314-773-3363.
NANCY RANKIN ESCOVEDO
Alejandro Escovedo will perform at Off Broadway on Tuesday, February 5.
Weird and gentle, funny and bittersweet, Harry Nilsson’s 1970 album The Point
has the distinction of being the only children’s album to attain true psych-folk cult status. Reportedly inspired by an acid trip in which everything the songwriter saw had a point, literally and metaphorically, it’s an odd choice for a tribute. But helmed by local Nilsson aficionado and veteran folk-rocker Kevin Buckley, this event (featuring actors as well as musicians) will celebrate Nilsson’s strangely beautiful meditation on finding meaning in a world where conformity rules and difference is exiled. In that way, Buckley and friends have composed their own fable of what it means to be artists in the here and now.
A family friendly matinee has been added this year, with the 1971 animated film inspired by the album (and narrated by Ringo Starr) playing onscreen at both events.
5 p.m. Saturday, February 2. Fubar, 3108 Locust Street. $10 to $13. 314-289-9050.
Now in its fifth year, St. Louis’ FemFest puts the ladies in the spotlight. Originally founded by local rapper Bates as a way to draw attention to the talented women of the city’s hip-hop scene, the festival has since expanded to include artists of the R&B, pop, EDM and spoken-word varieties as well. This year’s event sees organizers teaming up with minds behind the city’s monthly Fresh Produce Beat Battle for an all-female producer competition with eight ladies going to head to head in a bracket-stye tournament sponsored by Suburban Pro Studios. It’s a fun addition to an affair that will feature more than 50 local artists and zero Y chromosomes.
Your Cup Overfloweth:
This year's fest will feature performances by Bates, Davyne Truth, Cedes, Mz. Tigga, G.A. Barz and dozens more.
8 p.m. Tuesday, February 5. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue. $25 and $35. 314-773-3363.
Alejandro Escovedo has always been a one-man cross-cultural crucible, using his Mexican heritage to inform the punk rock of his youth before solidifying into one of Americana’s most clear-eyed, least flinching truth-tellers. Even in his late 60s, he’s continuing to tell universal tales with wide-ranging locales. His latest, The Crossing
, tells a story of two immigrants — one Mexican, the other Italian — and shows their stories collide while living and working in Texas. It’s a new wrinkle on a timely story of migration and integration, and to make the record, Escovedo linked up with Italian band Don Antonio. They’ll be backing Escovedo on this tour.
On a Streak:
Escovedo has scarcely made a bad record, but The Crossing
follows 2016’s blistering Burn Something Beautiful
, marking a high point in his long career.
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