The Ten Best Shows In St. Louis This Weekend: May 18 to 20

Hoodie Allen - Friday @ the Gramophone
Some points of confusion to clear up real fast about this weekend's post: First, the Tower Groove Records Double Album Release Party takes place over three days (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), at three venues. All three shows have superb line-ups of contributors to the compilation, and you can see those line-ups by clicking on the individual days listed under the event's title below.

Secondly, Pointfest also takes place over multiple days (Saturday and Sunday). The line-ups for the individual days can be found on the Point's website, I'd imagine, but I've never been to that website so who knows really.

If you are not a fan of kickass local music compilations OR existing local radio stations, you'll find that the list below gives you Sunday off. Enjoy your day of rest, or argue with us about the blindingly obvious crucial Sunday show we missed in the comments.


Bonnie Raitt
@ The Pageant
with Marc Cohn
8:00 p.m. | $50.50-65.50
Bonnie Raitt: Badass. It doesn't get said enough, but the legendary songwriter/guitar superhero more than qualifies. This one's sold out, so dive into the resale market if you were sleeping. (KM)

Quintron and Miss Pussycat
@ The Firebird
8:00 p.m. | $12
Awesome weirdo Quintron performs with gizmos as inventive as the songs -- he invented a light-activated drum robot, for example. Miss Pussycat is a hell of a musician in her own right, as well. (KM)

Fister Record Release
@ Fubar
w/ Everything Went Black, ((Thorlock)), Sine Nomine, Iron Hills
7:00 p.m. | $8
Fister's latest offering comes with beautiful, hand-crafted packaging inked with the band members' own blood -- no, seriously -- and containing some punishing new music for fans of loud-as-fuck doom metal. Pick it up at this show, and don't miss the openers -- they all rip as well. (DH)

Luther Dickinson and the Wandering
@ Blueberry Hill
9:00 p.m. | $20
Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars has himself a band -- it's not really a backing band so much as a fronting band -- with some serious folk and soul talent. Call it the dream team, relatively. Or don't, and just go to the show. (KM)

Hoodie Allen
@ The Gramophone
7:00 p.m. | $15
As a former full-time employee of Google, hip-hop artist Hoodie Allen has had enormous success marketing himself on the internet (go ahead, Google the name) and has garnered critical acclaim with his hook-heavy songs and laid-back summer-fun-time raps. (DH)

Location Info


The Pageant

6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

The Firebird

2706 Olive St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music


3108 Locust St, St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Blueberry Hill

6504 Delmar Blvd., University City, MO

Category: Music

The Gramophone

4243 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Off Broadway

3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Mangia Italiano

3145 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

El Lenador

3124 Cherokee St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

I-70 & Earth City Expwy., Maryland Heights, MO

Category: Music

Lemmons - CLOSED

5800 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music


3224 Locust St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

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