The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: February 21 to 23

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Speakers in Code's Fourth Anniversary featuring Houndmouth - Saturday, February 22 @ Plush.
Welcome to the weekend! Barenaked Ladies kick off Mardi Gras this Sunday during Soulard's annual Beggin' Pet Parade. Can they outshine the stage set by Kevin Bacon Band? Only time will tell. Our list of must-see goings-ons includes Garagefest at the Heavy Anchor, Speakers in Code's 4th Anniversary shindig at Plush and Brothers Lazaroff meets Elizabeth McQueen's latest collaboration at the Demo. Take your pick. There's plenty to get out and see.

Friday (February 21):

The Avett Brothers
@ Peabody Opera House
7 p.m. | $35-$50
Folk rock powerhouses, the Avett Brothers, hit St. Louis with a three-day weekend bender of shows. Saturday's already sold-out, so catch 'em on Friday while you can. (MS)

w/ Big Red, Henzo, Seamz Legit
@ 2720 Cherokee
7 p.m. | $15
Pennsylvania's MitiS grew up playing classical piano before making his was into the electronic music scene, even performing at Carnegie Hall. (DH)

w/ Dopecopper, Liquor Lord, Animal Teeth, Bathhouse Boys
@ Cusumano's Bar
10 p.m. | $5
This heavy-hitter features Cove from Nashville and Dopecopper from Baltimore, bringing crusty, metallic punk to Cusumano's (note: pairs nicely with the bar's pizza crust). Click on the links to have a listen. (MS)

w/ Strangefellas, Holy Doldrums, Brother Lee & the Leather Jackals, Kenshiro's
@ The Heavy Anchor
9 p.m. | $5-$12
Day two of Garagefest features some up-and-coming local projects. Learn more about Brother Lee and the Leather Jackals in this write-up by reporter Blair Stiles. Stick around for day three of the fest to check out White Mystery, Bruiser Queen, the Wheelers and Tiger Rider. (MS)

Also on Friday, consider checking out Tristen at the Firebird, the Third Annual J Dilla Tribute Concert at the Gramophone and Syna So Pro's album release at the Schlafly Tap Room. Just click on the links to read more on each show from our team of music critics.

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The Freight Hoppers, hard-driving old-time string band, will kick ass old-time style at the Focal Point tonight at 8 pm.  Avett Brothers, Schmavett Brothers!  I'll take the Hoppers any day.  Sure, one night at Focal Point is but a fraction of three nights at The Peabody, but if you want an intimate, up-close show that's more living room than LiveNation, hie thee to Maplewood tonight.

Terry Grohman
Terry Grohman

The Catapults at The Beale on Broadway Saturday night 10:30PM-2:30AM... Really excellent newer band that you should check out - a fresh take on the Blues/R&B/Funky genre in Soulard - worth a look, RFT...


Skeletonwitch, ThorHammer, and Voyage of Slaves at the Firebird! Come on RFT! 

Jamie M. George
Jamie M. George

Saturday night We're playing a benefit show to help the Ivory Theater in South City. Doors at 5:30 and there are 5 or 6 bands. Featuring - Slot Car Derby, Prarie Rehab, The Kevin Rennick Band, Ragged Company and more. The show is all ages and proceeds benefit the Ivory Theater.... Oh yeah, There will be beer.

Brett Johnson
Brett Johnson

THE MAIN SQUEEZE + Stiff Necked Fools for The Music Mashup Volume 1 at Broadway Oyster Bar Saturday night

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