Friday has a few good choices, but my ideas of fun in St. Louis might not be yours. If that is the case, you can always change. Just kidding, sort of.
After a massive road trip that included the 2012 CES in Vegas, crazy Slavic punk surf in Northern California and a diversion to Seattle to catch a long train ride, (the Empire Builder) to Chicago, I am ready to get into the St. Louis music scene. For more on the road adventures, check out my travelogue at www.wudman.com.
Friday, 2.3.2012: Alvin Jett versus Lewis Black
This Friday I have to flip a coin. Alvin Jett is at the BB’s Soups, Jazz and Blues. Alvin has been cranking out excellent Blues in St. Louis for a long time so not only will the music be good, but I venture the crowd will be fun. If you are feeling something different, check out some undoubtedly very biting comedy at the newly refurbished Peabody Opera House at 1400 Market Street. That show will cost you more than Alvin at $36 to $72. Having said that, it appears that I slept through a door price hike at BB’s as it looks like all shows are $10. That suggests if you are going there for good eats, go early ’cause the last time I went for dinner, it cost me a cover to eat. The cure for that is picking a different place when the focus is dinner, not music.
Saturday 2.4.2012: Monster Jam versus Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio
Yeah, flip this coin. Maestro of the Hammond B3 or massive, stinky, loud trucks destroying everything, including themselves. The coin is spinning. As much as I like hot, entertaining Hammond organs, I haven’t had a good dose of Monster Jam in a while. Plus, you can get into Monster Jam for as low as $10. Now there is a deal. You might be in the nosebleed rows, but this is a “monster” jam, the trucks are huge, loud and way up there the show is just fine. The Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio is at Jazz at the Bistro and tickets are$25 to $30.
Sunday 2.5.2012: Open Mike Night at the Venice Cafe versus Orchid Show at the MO Botanical Garden
So you could care less about New England versus New York?
Only the desperate or the band passing through town is working this Sunday night. I mean really, even if the game blows out, folks will tend to party with their friends and not be in shape to go out later Sunday night. Of course a few will and some will meet local cops with a bad attitude ’cause they had to work the day of the game. Remember those designated after Superbowl Party drivers! In any case, I am feeling you there. My man from Green Bay, Aaron Rodgers didn’t do enough to keep me from seeing what else is happening this Sunday.
Sunday takes me out of my normal element, deep into the jungle that is the Missouri Botanical Garden. This Sunday’s show is the only time of the year the Missouri Botanical Garden offers a public viewing of the Missouri Botanical Garden’s historic collection. Cost to attend runs from $5 for kids 3-12 to $13 for adults. Member’s children under 12 get in free. If you are not feeling a walk through exquisite orchids, how about some open mic at the Venice Cafe? In either case, you will be a rebel without a football game as your cause.
Going forward in this blog I will focus on “WWWD”, aka “What Would Wud Do?” I am also making the blog more mobile friendly.