The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: October 4 to 6

Nicholas Zaragoza
The Full Hookup dance party celebrates its one-year anniversary on Saturday at Handlebar. (See more The Full Hookup photos.
This weekend, two festivals hit the streets: Grove Fest and the Great Totem Festival. Besides those, catch legendary acts including the Last Poets and Geto Boys. All kinds of recommendations await, right after the jump!

Friday (October 4):

Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin
@ The Sheldon
8 p.m. | $40-$50
Five-time Grammy winner Mary Chapin Carpenter knows a thing or two about playing country/folk tunes. After all, she's been doing it for over 25 years. (DH)

Thollem McDonas
@ Webster University-Moore Auditorium
7:30 p.m. | free
Keyboard improviser Thollem McDonas, who has collaborated with hundreds of musicians including William Parker and Mike Watt, performs live to Martha Coburn's Super 8 stop-motion films including Triumph of the Wild. (MS)

Wretched Worst
w/ Wild Hex, Gutterpriest
@ Apop Records
9 p.m. | $5
Lexington's Wretched Worst brings its sludgy hardcore metal to Cherokee Street. Listen here. Wild Hex, a new St. Louis band, opens along with Gutterpriest featuring a member of Execution Techniques. (MS)

Also on Friday, consider checking out University City native saxophonist Marty Ehrlich at the New Music Circle's season opening event. Ransom Note also releases a new CD this evening, and Dr. Dog performs at the Chaifetz Arena with the Lumineers. Click on the links to read more via coverage from earlier this week.

Saturday (October 5):

The Full Hookup One Year Anniversary
w/ DJ Who
@ HandleBar
10 p.m.
The Full Hookup turns one year old, keeping the feet moving and the faces smiling at the HandleBar, which we recently dubbed St. Louis' best dance club. (DH)

Grove Fest
w/ Hope and Therapy, Stickley & Canan, Fresh Heir, Vibesteady, DJ Sinamin, Hazard to Ya Booty, DJ Disco Dick, DJ Irene, Old Salt Union, Dave Simon's Rock School All Stars, T/Lec, Perkinoff Brothers, Trance Dance, Mathias and the Pirates, The Blind Eyes, Tef Poe
@ The Grove
2 p.m. | free
Catch sixteen acts across two stages at the eighth annual Grove Fest - full schedule here. The Gramophone also hosts a free showcase. Get the full details on the Grove Fest website. (MS)

Pet Rock: the Musical
w/ Animal Teeth, Beauty Pageant, Willis
@ Livery Company
9 p.m. | free
Pet Rock: the Musical returns from a hiatus with its special brand of "human techno psychedelic rock explosion of space funk." The openers, Livery frequenters, keep things raw'n'real. This one's all over the board. Leave your inhibitions and expectations at the door. (MS)

Also on Cherokee Street on Saturday night, check out the debut of the the Great Totem Festival. For more options in south city, catch Quasi at Off Broadway or Kenshiro's at the Heavy Anchor.

Location Info


The Sheldon

3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Category: General

Webster University-Moore Auditorium

470 E. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, MO

Category: General

Apop Records

2831 Cherokee St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

The Grove

4100 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: General

Livery Company

3211 Cherokee St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music


3108 Locust St, St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

The Demo

4191 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Missouri History Museum

Lindell Blvd. & DeBaliviere Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: General

The Firebird

2706 Olive St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

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