Out Every Night: The Best Concerts in St. Louis From May 19 to 25
Friday, May 23, 9 p.m.
w/ The Native Sun, The Phantastics
@ Plush - $5
By Tara Mahadevan
From "The Best St. Louis Hip-Hop Shows: May 2014": Illphonics is ready to bring the heat back to St. Louis with Indianapolis' the Native Sun and Kansas City's the Phantastics. A St. Louis institution since 2006, the band has successfully been able to blend rap vocals with live music instrumentals, such as guitar, bass, drums and horns. Since the release of 2013's self-titled sophomore album, Illphonics took to the West Coast -- California in particular -- to spread their brand of hip-hop fusion. Get there early to catch the openers as well.
Dave Stone Jazz Trio
Friday, May 23, 11 p.m.
@ Mangia Italiano - free
By Nick Horn
From the 2014 RFT Music Awards: If you've never heard of Dave Stone, you are out of the loop. In addition to his more than twenty years of contributions to St. Louis' noise and free-improvisation scenes, Stone's trio -- composed of himself, bassist Bob DeBoo and drummer Kyle Honeycutt -- has got to be breaking some kind of record with its nineteen-year-long Friday night residency at Mangia Italiano. The pianoless trio -- all three accomplished players in their own right -- slays standards, throwing in the odd original and even a bit of free playing. If you're a jazz fan and you haven't yet seen the Dave Stone Trio, cancel your plans this Friday and head to Mangia. You won't regret it.
Saturday, May 24, 7 p.m.
w/ DJ Sno, DJ Oatmeal
@ Blackmon's Plaza - $25-$40
By Tara Mahadevan
Master P's began his career in 1990 in New Orleans, finding huge success in the late '90s with his fifth album Ice Cream Man. Now, almost 20 years later -- after thirteen studio albums, inumerable mixtapes and collaborations -- he's set to release the sequel, Ice Cream Man 2. Master P's style is punctuated by aggressive diction and raps about poverty, social injustice and police brutality. He's joined at Blackmon's Plaza by Salt Lake City-native DJ Sno and East St. Louis' very own DJ Oatmeal.
Saturday, May 24, 8 p.m.
@ The Pageant - $10
By RFT Staff
From this archived write-up: The "Best Old Band" is a bunch of "the oldest teenagers in the world," singing a bunch of old songs and paying tribute to one of the most worshiped old bands of all time. For St. Louis and dozens of cities across the Midwest, the Schwag is goin' down the road the Grateful Dead paved decades ago, floating on the free-flowing spirit of the music.... They may use songs that originally flowed from another band's pen, but they make what's old new again for generations of people lucky enough to catch the spirit of Jerry and the boys the second time around.
The Trip Daddys
Sunday, May 25, 8:30 p.m.
w/ The Melroys
@ BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups - $5
By Christian Schaeffer
From this April 2014 album review: It seems that as soon as the Trip Daddys became St. Louis' best rockabilly act (not long after the group's formation, nearly twenty years ago), the band's members set out to convince its listeners that they weren't just a rockabilly band. The threads of electric blues, hillbilly swing and Bakersfield country became fused in rockabilly's brief comet; Trip Daddys' guitarist, singer and head honcho Craig Straubinger simply wants to follow all of those threads, and a few more, with his band's ten-track offering. The second song, "As Long as It Rocks," makes the band's mission plain -- Doc Martens or blue suede shoes are welcome on the dance floor, genre be damned. The band follows Straubinger's lead nicely: Dennis Williams mans the drum stool, as he has on the past two releases, with no-guff aplomb, while new addition Michael Graham fills out the trio on bass. The resonant thud of his upright is a move toward reverence, replacing the more punk-inflected tones that Tracey Morrissey imparted on recent albums.
Note: Though we wish we could, we can't feature every great show happening in town in just one measly post. Look for plenty more recommendations this Friday in our weekend shows post, and peruse the St. Louis concert calendar for more ideas any time. Let everyone know what else you're looking forward to seeing this week in the comments below, and submit show info online any time to be considered for inclusion on these lists.
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