The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: February 14 to 16

Steve Truesdell for RFT
Pokey returns to town to help blow out St. Louis' 250 birthday candles tonight.
This Valentine's day weekend, celebrate St. Louis' 250th birthday with a festival in Forest Park or snuggle up to Bruiser Queen during an acoustic intimate set in south city. Alternatively, ignore the holiday entirely and check out some rock and comedy at Pet Sounds, an event to benefit Stray Rescue this Saturday. Read on for details on all these options and more.

Friday (February 14):

Bass Luvers V-Day Party
w/ ill-esha, SAUCEmonster, Druid Cloak, Pleasure, Blaze Luminous
@ 2720 Cherokee
8 p.m. | $10-$15
What better way to celebrate Valentine's day than with bass so loud it rattles your brain around in your skull? (DH)

Bruiser Queen EP Release
w/ Tiger Rider, Powerline Sneakers
@ Livery Company
9 p.m. | free
This "Under the Sea" themed show features a special all-acoustic set from Bruiser Queen, performing its album Swears in its entirety along with a sweet new acoustic EP, For All the Hunnies -- right in time for Valentine's Day! (MS)

The Burnin' Love Festival
w/ Pokey Lafarge, Erin Bode, the Royal All Star Rhythm & Blues Review, Memories of Elvis
@ Art Hill
4:30 p.m. | free
This festival, part of the 250th anniversary of this here city, features live music, the world's biggest engagement party, fireworks, firedancers and plenty of food and drink. (MS)

w/ Perfect People, Blackhole, Lamentors
@ Fubar
8 p.m. | $8-$10
Remember that band that made waves like seven years ago by calling out the FSU as a big gang of bullies? And then their singer got beat up a bunch of times for it? This is that band! Still smart, still confrontational and still making great hardcore punk music.(DH)

Also on Friday, check out the Quiet Concert series at Lemp Arts Center, the St. Louis Music Festival featuring Maze and Frankie Beverly and Eric Hall at Foam. Just click the links to learn more.

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