The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis: August 30 to September 1

Ring, Cicada
w/ Loza
@ The Demo
9 p.m. | $7
Ring, Cicada hails from Collinsville, Illinois, and plays mid-'90s era instrumental post-rock in the vein of the Slint and Don Caballero. At this particular show, they'll be performing their 2009 album, History's End. (MS)

Bruiser Queen
w/ Mr. Ben, 32pc. Vintage Party Set
@ Melt
8 p.m. | free
If you haven't been to Melt, get excited for some hot waffle action served up with a side of sweet syrupy tunes. This is one of the space's first shows, so let's give 'em a warm welcome. (MS)

Be sure to consider the one-time performance of AQurld Waves this evening, as well as shows featuring Ticket to the Beatles, Pepperland and the Night Grinder.

Sunday (September 1):

Cree Rider Family Band CD Release
w/ Hobosexuals, Pistols and the Sisters, The Thin Dimes, Junebug, Jack Grelle, W.T. Newton
@ The Gramophone
5:30 p.m. | $10
Cree Rider Family band releases its latest alongside several of St. Louis' finest. Definitely be sure to check out Pistols and the Sisters too; that band is one to watch. (DH)

w/ Con Funk Shun, Dazz Band
@ Ambassador
8 p.m. | $25-$30
It's a funk show, starring two of the early peddlers of the genre, so you know it will be an over-the-top good time. Also, Dazz Band wrote this kickass song, so yeah. (DH)

w/ Joshewa Boyer, 3 of 5
@ Lemmons
7 p.m. | $5
Sick/Sea comes from a town called McAllen in Texas and plays a pleasant sort of infectious indie pop generated by siblings Audrey and Cameron Scott. If that sounds up your alley, check 'em out on Bandcamp. (MS)

A couple more recommended options for Sunday include all-local fest Label Day at Off Broadway and a stacked show at Blank Space featuring Doom Town along with Blank Panties and Slut River.

Note: Though we wish we could, we can't feature every great show happening in town in just one measly post. Peruse the St. Louis concert calendar for more ideas any time. Let everyone know what else you're looking forward to seeing this weekend in the comments below, and send show tips to to be considered for inclusion on these lists.

See Also:
- The Top Ten Ways to Piss Off Your Bartender at a Music Venue
- Ten Bands You Never Would Have Thought Used to Be Good
- The Top 15 Things That Annoy the Crap Out of Your Local Sound Guy

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Location Info


2720 Cherokee Performing Arts Center

2720 Cherokee St, St. Louis, MO

Category: General

Blank Space

2847 Cherokee St., St. Louis, MO

Category: General

Blues City Deli

2438 McNair Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Old Post Office Plaza

9th St. and Locust St., St. Louis, MO

Category: General

Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

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

Category: Music

The Demo

4191 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, MO

Category: Music


2712 Cherokee Street, St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

The Gramophone

4243 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music


9800 Halls Ferry Road, North St. Louis County, MO

Category: Music

Lemmons - CLOSED

5800 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

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