The Ten Best Rock Clubs in St. Louis
Old Rock House
Jon Gitchoff The Black Angels at Old Rock House
In today's music environment, with the "loudness war" at its peak, it's not uncommon to have an otherwise enjoyable concert experience marred by deafening sound levels, garbled vocals or horrendous feedback and distortion. That's not the case at the Old Rock House, where head sound engineer Josh Limpert is on hand to make sure that the sound complements the performance rather than spoiling it. And his challenges include a diverse array of acts, from some of the city's finest hip-hop offerings to sold-out indie rock royalty to jam band staples.
Steve Truesdell Alabama Shakes at the Pageant
The queue starts forming outside the Pageant the afternoon of a good show, hours before the doors open, as hardcore fans geek out over the thought of being able to be close enough to feel the sweat of their favorite band. Inside, the atmosphere is hardly that of the average rock venue. Seats and tables are plentiful (if you get there early enough or buy a reserved ticket), the sight lines are impeccable, the drinks reasonably priced if you're old enough. Unlike other clubs, the under-age section doesn't involve condescending cages or roped-off areas. Plus, the all-day thrill of making friends in line and then planting yourself in the front row to scream along with every word is well worth the wait, given that the space is in the top ten club-level venues in the World in terms of tickets sold.