The Ten Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: July 18 to 20

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Sammy Hagar - Saturday, July 19 @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.
This weekend, catch a variety of acts including Billy Joe Shaver, Sammy Hagar and Mike Stud. Check the fine print for other happenings previewed earlier this week as well -- Cardiac Arrest hots its record-release pub crawl, and the Bump & Hustle celebrates two years of record slinging at Blank Space. Read on for these recommendations and more for ways to stay entertained over the next few days.

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Utopia Studios' New Music Venue, the Mecca, Hosts Inaugural Show This Saturday

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The Mecca at Utopia Studios. | Photos by Mabel Suen
In midtown -- just west of Cardinal Glennon Hospital off of South Grand and just a few blocks away from the Grove -- Utopia Studios (3957 Park Avenue; 314-773-3660) manages to remain fairly incognito between busy neighborhoods. If it weren't for the vibrantly painted green building labeled with the company's signature tiki logo, passersby might not even notice that the connecting warehouse spaces were occupied -- and with a daily, rotating roster of musicians making loud noises, at that.

For the past nine-and-a-half years, Utopia has served as a band-rehearsal hall with 26 rentable practice rooms -- both hourly and long-term. Over time it has adapted its space to also function as a recording studio, dance studio, gear-rental headquarters and -- since last year -- a full bar with a colorful lounge to coincide the facility's retro vibe. This Saturday, July 12, it will add another facet to its multipurpose space: a new live-music venue dubbed the Mecca.

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The Ten Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: July 11 to 13

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Search Parties Album Release - Friday, July 11 @ The Firebird.
This weekend, head to the Firebird to see the band that RFT readers voted the best new band of 2014, Search Parties, as it releases a brand new EP. Little Big Bangs also have a release ready to drop this Friday at Los Punk. For even more excitement in your life, head to Utopia Studios as it hosts its inaugural show in the newly dubbed concert space, the Mecca. More recommendations await in this edition of weekend best bets.

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The Ten Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: July 4 to 6

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Poster Child featuring the artwork of James Gates - Saturday, July 5 @ 333 N. Beaumont.
RFT Music is taking a break today. If anyone's looking for us, it's possible you might find us in a van down by the river, enjoying the fireworks, so to speak. Go ahead and take it easy today, too. You deserve it. Treat yourself to too much barbecue and let some musical talent from here and beyond entertain you. Fair. St. Louis offers explosive, free options in Forest Park, Behexen plays at Fubar and more. Read on for some fun options for the weekend.

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The Ten Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: June 27 to 29

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A scene from SLUM Fest 2013.
There's no shortage of fests and fun this weekend. Choose from the Whiskey War Festival, the Saint Louis Underground Music Festival and PrideFest downtown or in Tower Grove. Read on for details of each, and consider catching another show or two. Ellen the Felon throws a birthday party at the Engine Room, several talented local artists assemble to put on a tribute to Native Tongues and much more.

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The Ten Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: June 20 to 22

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It's Boston. All old-timey and whatnot.
Catch some classics this weekend including Boston at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater and the O'Jays at Fox Theatre. Alternatively, check out contemporaries this Saturday at Scottrade Center during Super Jam or choose from a variety of other great shows all weekend long including Andrew Jackson Jihad and Chris Robinson Brotherhood. Read on for these recommendations and more.

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The Ten Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: June 13 to 15

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Melt turns one this week.
To get in on some birthday action, hang out at Melt this week while it turns one, and head to Plush this Saturday as Apop Records blows out a decade's worth of candles. Other great celebrations include the return of DJ Mahf's Funk Jam series, release shows from the Pat Sajak Assassins and the Lion's Daughter, and the return of King Khan and the Shrines to St. Louis. Read on for info on these shows and more in this week's concert recommendations.

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The Ten Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: June 6 to 8

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A scene from last year's RFT Music Showcase -- Little Big Bangs.
Hey there, weekend. The RFT Music Showcase is happening (and then we'll leave you all alone about it for at least another year). Check out the guide to the bands playing the showcase this year -- all 90-or-so of them -- or you can just swing by a newsstand and snatch up a print edition. If the thought of rubbing shoulders with hundreds of music fans allover the Grove confuses and scares you, consider another great event this weekend instead. Twangfest continues at Off Broadway, the Mad Magician hosts a couple of STLPUNK reunion shows and more. Read on for our recommendations.

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The Ten Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: May 30 to June 1

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Lo-Fi St. Louis teased a preview a day leading up to the release of sixteen live music videos it shot on Cherokee Street. See the screening of each production tonight.
This weekend sees new local releases from the Tennis Lesson, Other People, Patrick Scott Project and Static Life. Lo-Fi Cherokee also throws a huge party to debut sixteen brand new live music videos of local performers. Besides that, catch some touring acts including Ex-Cult and Ray Creature. Read on for this weekend's show recommendations.

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FAMILIENWERTE, A Nu-Metal Art Show Debuting at BANK Projects This Saturday

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"Spudvayne," one of the several pieces showing at FAMILIENWERTE this weekend.
Since its inception in March of last year, BANK Projects (3240 Iowa Avenue; 314-799-0881) has offered unique, inventive programming, garnering accolades as our Best New Art Gallery in 2013. Lately, the space has opened its doors to more music-related events -- everything from experimental concerts to exhibits such as Crime & Punishment, a zine release featuring prints, show posters and more.

This Saturday, May 24, at 8 p.m., it will host one of its most thought-provoking installments yet: FAMILIENWERTE, a series of paintings, drawings, sculptures and modern-art pieces based entirely on nu-metal puns.


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