The Ten Best Shows In St. Louis This Weekend: July 20 to 22

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Big Freedia - Saturday @ the Firebird
Happy Friday, St. Louis! Before we get to the festivities, it's been a little while since we've explained our shows-pickin' blog-postin' strategy, so here it is again for the uninitiated and the forgetful: Every Monday we do a blog post called "Out Every Night" that lists shows the RFT Music staff picks for every night of the week -- here is an example. On Wednesdays we do one called "This Just In" that lists every newly announced show of the week, with shows we thought were interesting featured prominently -- an example of what that looks like is here. Finally, every Friday we do this post, entitled "Weekend Best Bets" -- but you already knew that or you wouldn't be here. More details about these individual posts, as well as information on how to get YOUR shows listed online, in print, and on the blogs can be found here.

Now that that's out of the way, this week's picks: On Friday Rockstar's Mayhem Festival comes to town, bringing with it the likes of Slayer, Anthrax, Motorhead, Slipknot and a bunch of others. Click here to see the humorous single elimination bracket-style tournament we did pitting the bands against each other this week. On Saturday Josh Ritter plays Plush -- show up early; last time he came to town, Off Broadway was packed. The Offspring play Soldier's Memorial tonight for free as part of Celebrate St. Louis -- it's free! The rest of our picks follow.

Friday:

Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra
@ Webster University-Moore Auditorium
7:00 p.m. | $10
The Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra, never short on ambition to begin with, premiere perhaps its largest effort to date: Twelve short scores for Georges Méliès (yeah, the Hugo guy) films at the Fourth Annual St. Louis Classic French Film Festival. Operatic vocals will be provided by Natalie Huggins (Wax Wine) Kate Peterson (Spot Ons). (KM)

Adaje
@ Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center
w/ Sine Nomine, Anodes, Red Squad, Places We Slept, Thunderbolts from Nebraska
8:00 p.m. | $5
A six band bill for a five dollar bill, led by the DIY post-punk of Memphis' Adaje. (DH)

James Taylor
@ The Fox Theatre
8:00 p.m. | $68-$88
Do we really need to tell you? It's the guy from Funny People. And, you know, folk legend. (KM)

Motorhead, Slipknot, Slayer & Anthrax
@ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis
1:30 p.m. | $41-$80
Line-up pretty much speaks for itself: half of the "big four" plus Motorhead and a group of guys in Halloween costumes. Get yourself a neck brace for your next-day bangover. (DH)

The Offspring
@ Soldiers Memorial Plaza
8:00 p.m. | Free
You won't pay, you wont pay, yeah, no way hey hey hey for this free show, part of Celebrate St. Louis. (DH)

Location Info

Venue

Map

Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center

3301 Lemp Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: General

The Fox Theatre

527 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis

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

Category: Music

Soldiers Memorial Plaza

14th St. and Chestnut St., St. Louis, MO

Category: General

The Gramophone

4243 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Plush

3224 Locust St., St Louis, MO

Category: Music

Off Broadway

3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

The Firebird

2706 Olive St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

The Firebird

2706 Olive St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

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