The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Memorial Day Weekend: May 24 to 27

The Brainstems' Last Show - Saturday, May 25 @ Blank Space
Wow -- where to begin? Here, we wrote a quick guide for you. Step one: Eat some barbecue. Step two: See a show or two. Step three: Repeat. This extended weekend's offerings are slightly overwhelming. In addition to these ten picks, plenty of other events covered in the past week present themselves as show-going options. Read on for a quick recap followed by this weekend's recommendations.

See also:
- Homespun: Al Holliday
- Rats and People MPO Compose Music for Shakespeare Fest
- The Luminary Returns with Post Performances
- Dead Wax Records Opens Its Doors on Cherokee

In our Out Every Night post from earlier this week, read about the following shows: Drive-By Truckers, the Fifth Annual Crawfish Boil at Off Broadway featuring the Monads and more, the Schwag's final show and Rockabration III.

Besides those, hear about Al Holliday's latest album in Homespun (to be released this Friday at Off Broadway), check out tunes from the Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra during the Shakespeare Festival's opening weekend, catch the Luminary's inaugural show in its Post Performance series, and visit Dead Wax, the new record store on the block that's only open on Saturdays. Still want more? Keep scrollin'!

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Friday (May 24):

w/ Hellstomper, The Supermen, Without MF Order
@ The Demo
8 p.m. | $10
GG Allin's backing band come to St. Louis! Don't call them that, though; they won't like it. But in the case of 1991's Murder Junkies album, it is true. (DH)

The Maness Brothers/Mister Blackcat Split Cassette Release
w/ Old Capital Square Dance Club, Carriage House
@ The Heavy Anchor
6 p.m. | $5
Pick up the split cassette release by the Maness Brother and Mister Blackcat! Make sure you show up early to catch a special screening of Zombozo, a silent play written and scored by St. Louisans (including Irene Allen Sullivan and members of The Monads). (DH)

St. Louis Bluesweek Festival
w/ Kim Massie, Southern Hospitality (Victor Wainwright, J.P. Soars & Damon Fowler), Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
@ Soldiers Memorial Plaza
5:30 p.m. | free
This free blues fest also takes place on Sunday and Monday with headliners including Mavis Staples and Big George Brock. (MS)

Saturday (May 25):

The Brainstems
w/ Marshall Brown, An Unfortunate Woman, Armadillo
@ Blank Space
9 p.m. | $5
With a member moving out West, RFT Music Award nominees the Brainstems declare an indefinite hiatus. Catch them while you can as they play one more set containing every single song they've ever written. (MS)

John L. Horner
w/ Eric Hall, Ou Où, Britches, Harris with Hess
@ Foam
8 p.m. | $5
Check out sets from three RFT Music Award nominees as they open for out-of-town performer John L. Horner, a one-man experimental band. (MS)

Location Info


The Demo

4191 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

The Heavy Anchor

5226 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Soldiers Memorial Plaza

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

Category: General

Blank Space

2847 Cherokee St., St. Louis, MO

Category: General

Foam Coffee & Beer

3359 Jefferson Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music


3224 Locust St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Lemmons - CLOSED

5800 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music


3108 Locust St, St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

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