The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: December 20 to 22

Murphy Lee Birthday Party
w/ Mannie Fresh, Derrty DJ Deja Blu
@ Rustic Goat Eatery and Lounge
10 p.m. | $15-$300
Don't be a cheapskate; get the $300 tickets. It's Murph's birthday, ya jerk. He could probably use the money. (Oh yeah, and MANNIE FRESH!) (DH)

Spotlight STL Music Awards
w/ Sleepy & the Bedtimes, Tok, Shark Dad
@ The Heavy Anchor
9 p.m. | $5
Spotlight STL has been the premiere satirist of RFT Music for years (we don't mind; it's funny) and this is their Music Awards. Go for the music, stay for the inside jokes! (DH)

Toy Drive & Benefit Show for SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center
w/ Blackwater '64, Bluefish, Arthur and the Librarian, County Graves
@ The Demo
7 p.m. | $5
'Tis the season for giving, and with a local lineup this good it couldn't be easier. Catch some great live music and give to some needy kids less fortunate than you are. Bring toys! (DH)

Also on Saturday, catch night two of the Funky Butt Brass Band Brasstravaganza or see Nashville's Gnarwhal at CBGB.

Sunday (December 22):

Christmas with CoCo Soul and the Grand Center Arts Academy Children's Choir
@ Kranzberg Arts Center
3 p.m. | $20
Fun for the whole family includes pictures with Santa beforehand. A discounted price of $40 for families of four is also available. Check the Grand Center website for more details. (MS)

Polkadot Cadaver
@ The Firebird
7:30 p.m. | $10-$12
Out of the ashes of Dog Fashion Disco comes Polkadot Cadaver, a band best-known for sounding like Dog Fashion Disco. You won't hear any DFD fans complaining, though. (DH)

Also on Sunday night, catch one of several El Monstero performances over the holidays. This particular evening is a special charity event called Shine On, benefiting Crisis Aid.

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 submit show info online any time to be considered for inclusion on these lists.


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Location Info


2720 Cherokee Performing Arts Center

2720 Cherokee St, St. Louis, MO

Category: General

Casa Loma Ballroom

3354 Iowa Ave, St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Schlafly Tap Room

2100 Locust St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Jefferson Warehouse

2501 S. Jefferson Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Blank Space

2847 Cherokee St., St. Louis, MO

Category: General

The Heavy Anchor

5226 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

The Demo

4191 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Kranzberg Arts Center

501 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO

Category: General

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