Out Every Night: The Best Concerts in St. Louis From May 27 to June 1

Categories: Out Every Night

Chicago Afrobeat Project
Friday, May 30, 9 p.m.
@ 2720 Cherokee - $10-$13
By Tara Mahadevan
As its name suggests, the Chicago Afrobeat Project's sound embraces afrobeat -- a combination of rock, jazz, funk and African genres -- marking the group as one of the first American bands to embrace the art. CAP spawned out of Chicago's underground art scene in 2002, and though it has only released four albums in that time, the eight-person band tours constantly and plays over 100 live performances a year.

Brad Paisley
Friday, May 30, 7 p.m.
w/ Dee Jay Silver, Randy Houser, Leah Turner, Charlie Worsham
@ Verizon Wireless Ampitheater - $30-$190
By Shae Moseley
From this archived show preview: Brad Paisley is the classic "triple threat" recording artist (singer, songwriter and lead guitarist) that has become rare in Nashville over the past ten years. It's this connection to country music's latter-day saints that earned Paisley membership in the Grand Ole Opry early in his career and plenty of support from the country music's old guard (Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and Alan Jackson are fans). But Paisley's success has hinged on his ability to include clever pop-culture references in his songs, which makes his tried-and-true country-music formula sound fresh to a whole new generation of fans.

The Lawrence Arms
Saturday, May 31, 8 p.m.
w/ The Copyrights, Sam Russo
@ The Firebird - $17
By Michael Dauphin
From this archived show preview: Along with contemporaries like Alkaline Trio and Rise Against, the Lawrence Arms spent the early 2000s helping put Midwest punk rock back on the map. And when its three members weren't crisscrossing the globe, the heavy drinking, rambling boys of pleasure always made it a point to stop by the old Creepy Crawl to bang through their patented Midwestern beer-belly despair rock. The trio has been in hibernation over the last few years, but true to its roots, it's doing a brief Midwest tour and playing its first St. Louis show in six years. For the uninitiated, picture your favorite Jawbreaker albums played at 78 rpm, but with more dick and fart jokes.

The Tennis Lesson CD Release
Saturday, May 31, 9 p.m.
w/ The Vanguard Party, CaveofswordS
@ Schlafly Tap Room - free
By Joseph Hess
From this 2013 profile: Guitarist and vocalist Mark Cange describes his group as conventional rock and pop. That might be true from a broad perspective, but the band manages to shoehorn subtlties that carry each song beyond the pop spectrum. The vocals embedded are familiar indie-rock ilk, but the approach to rhythm feels closer to progressive rock. Drummer Jeremy Brantlinger brings sharp percussion with proper restraint, lending a distinctive feel to the band's somber set.

School of Rock presents: A Tribute to Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd
Sunday, June 1, 2 p.m.
@ Plush - free
By Mabel Suen
From this 2013 write-up: What makes School of Rock different from other programs in the area? SOR's core program primarily aims to educate students aged 7 to 18 with a weekly lesson and weekly group rehearsal for a large-scale production -- in this case, a tribute to Pink Floyd's The Wall featuring all 26 of its songs and a British Invasion tribute featuring tunes of the Kinks, the Rolling Stones and more. Theoretically, a student can enroll at any time and get incorporated or "casted" into individual songs' roles such as leading instruments, back-up vocals and auxiliary percussion depending on his/her comfort and skill level at the discretion of instructors.

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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3108 Locust St, St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

The Ready Room

4195 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

2720 Cherokee Performing Arts Center

2720 Cherokee St, St. Louis, MO

Category: General


3224 Locust St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

I-70 & Earth City Expwy., Maryland Heights, MO

Category: Music

The Firebird

2706 Olive St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Schlafly Tap Room

2100 Locust St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

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