Over the Weekend: Old School Tattoo Expo, Brendan Benson at the Duck Room, Peter Bjorn and John at the Gargoyle, London Calling at the Halo Bar and Rob Zombie at the Pageant


Ugh. Monday has reared its ugly head once more. And sadly, it looks to be a soaking wet week. (Again.)

Hopefully our weekend coverage will brighten your day a bit. Here's the recap.

Old School Tattoo Expo
This tattoo needs more... Cowbell! See more photos from the Old School Tattoo Expo. - PHOTO: JASON STOFF
Over the weekend, Lyle Tuttle's Old School Tattoo Expo again got underway in St. Louis, and for the second year it was held at the Holiday Inn Select downtown. We have 58 photos from the tattooing bonanza. Even our photographer couldn't resist, getting his first tattoo.

Peter Bjorn and John at the Gargoyle
Bjorn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John. Read the full concert review here. - PHOTO: TODD MCKENZIE
Music writer Todd McKenzie has a detailed review of Peter Bjorn and John's high-energy show Friday night at the Gargoyle. Here's a snippet but read the full recap here, which includes a set list and more photos.
Sure, the venue's a definite downgrade from the Pageant, but with Peter Bjorn and John's "do more with less" aesthetic, they seemed to get a kick out of delivering their stadium-sized performance in the sweltering confines of a basement rock club.
Brendan Benson at the Duck Room
Brendan Benson publicity photo. Read the review of Friday night's show here. - PHOTO VIA.
Music writer Christian Schaeffer was in the audience for Brendan Benson's performance on Friday night at the Duck Room below Blueberry Hill. Schaeffer writes:
[Benson's] songs are catchy but rarely fluffy. Last night's show at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room proved that Benson and his backing band can spin off a 20-song set of high energy, endlessly melodic rock songs, even if some of those songs are tinged with regret. Read the full review here.
The Final London Calling at Halo Bar
An incognito, but not inconspicuous, partier poses for a photo on Saturday night at the Halo Bar for the final "London Calling" party there. See more photos here. - PHOTO: EGAN O'KEEFE
  • Photo: Egan O'Keefe
  • An incognito, but not inconspicuous, partier poses for a photo on Saturday night at the Halo Bar for the final "London Calling" party there. See more photos here.
Nightlife photographer Egan O'Keefe was at the Halo Bar on Delmar for the final London Calling party at the bar inside the Pageant. She brought back these photos, including of a lot of people wearing F'Oakleys at night. London Calling organizer Doug Curtis says the twice-monthly dance party is moving to the second floor of Shock City Studios in the Benton Park neighborhood later this month.

Rob Zombie at the Pageant
Rob Zombie raging at the Pageant on Sunday night. See more photos from Sunday night here. - PHOTO: TODD OWYOUNG
On Sunday night, Rob Zombie brought his horror metal show to the Pageant, with openers the Nekromantix. Photographer Todd Owyoung was there and brought back these photos. So was music writer Matthew Jackon, who observes that the king of psycho-horror metal was a bit grumpy. Read the full review here.

Here's what's on tap this week: RFT Calendar.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.