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  • Jul
    17 Wed
    Open Highway Presents

    Chuck Mead w/ Florian Fox

    St. Louis, MO
    United States
    Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 7:30 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    GENERAL ADMISSION: $20.00
    DOS CASH: $20.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: March 6, 2024 10:00 AM to July 18, 2024 2:00 AM
    DOS CASH Public Onsale: July 17, 2024 12:00 AM to July 18, 2024 2:00 AM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    About the artist:


    CHUCK MEAD is a Country singer with a rock n roll heart. He’s also a renowned songwriter, producer, music director, musicologist and architect behind the rebirth of Lower Broadway and the Global Neo Traditional Country music movement.


    This Kansas native, has been at the forefront of what has come to be known as Americana Music for the better part of 25 years. Perhaps best known for co-founding the famed ‘90s Alternative Country quintet, BR5-49, whos 7 albums garnered a CMA Award for Best International Touring Act and three Grammy nominations, helped build an indelible bridge between authentic American Roots music and millions of fans worldwide.


    Since then he’s toured the globe, entertained thousands on the high seas, released 4 solo albums, made 137 appearances on the Grand Ole Opry, co-produced critically acclaimed tribute albums to Johnny Cash & Waylon Jennings, acted as Musical Director/Supervisor/Producer of the Broadway hit musical Million Dollar Quartet AND the companion CMT television show Sun Records.


    With a deep connection to Memphis and a burning desire to keep building musical bridges, Chuck packed up the band and took time out of his crazy schedule last summer to record his fourth solo album with Matt Ross-Spang (Margo Price/John Prine/Jason Isbell/Al Green) at legendary Sam Phillips Recording Studios, the result of which, ‘Close To Home’, was released June 21, 2019 on Plowboy Records.


    Since 2019 Chuck has also hosted a radio show on 650AM WSM Radio in Nashville called “Face the Music with Chuck Mead.”


  • Jul
    26 Fri
    The Golden Record Presents:

    Maserati + Thor Axe

    St. Louis, MO
    United States
    Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    GENERAL ADMISSION: $15.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: April 16, 2024 10:08 PM to July 25, 2024 11:59 AM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    Maserati is a rock band formed in Athens, Georgia in the year 2000. Two decades and nine albums later the band is a five piece - Matt Cherry, Coley Dennis, Mason Brown, Mike Albanese and Chris McNeal (l-r below). Its members split their time between Athens, Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia and Lausanne, Switzerland.



    Thor Axe is a 6 piece instrumental band from St Louis featuring members of So Many Dynamos, The Gorge, Black Fast, and Blastar.






     





  • Jul
    27 Sat
    Open Highway Presents

    Gabe Lee w/ Sophie Gault

    St. Louis, MO
    United States
    Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    GENERAL ADMISSION: $15.00
    DOS CASH: $15.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: June 18, 2024 10:00 AM to July 28, 2024 2:00 AM
    DOS CASH Public Onsale: July 27, 2024 12:00 AM to July 28, 2024 2:00 AM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    About the artist:


    Equal parts classic songwriter and modern-day storyteller, Gabe Lee has built his own bridge between country, folk and rock. Lee has been collecting stories for years, both onstage and off. "I used to bartend," says the Nashville-based songwriter, "which means I was also a cheap therapist for whomever happened to be sitting on the barstool. Whether they were there to celebrate or drink away their problems, I heard about whatever they were going through. It was my job to have that face-to-face interaction — that connection. Being a full-time musician isn't much different."


     


    With critically-acclaimed albums like 2019's farmland, 2020's Honky-Tonk Hell, and 2022's The Hometown Kid, Lee created that connection by delivering his own stories to an ever-growing audience. His fourth record, Drink the River, takes a different approach. This time, Lee isn't offering listeners a peek into his internal world; he's holding up a mirror to reflect their own. 


     


     Storytelling has been an anchor of Lee's music since the very beginning. Raised by Taiwanese parents in Nashville, TN, he left home during his teenage years and headed to Indiana, where he obtained college degrees in literature and journalism. Lee launched his career as a genre-bending musician after returning to Tennessee, quickly progressing from dive bar gigs to high-profile opening slots (including shows with Jason Isbell, Los Lobos, Molly Tuttle, and other artists who, like him, blurred the lines between roots-rock, country, and other forms of American folk music) to his own headlining shows. Throughout it all, he drew upon the narrative skills he'd sharpened as a student. If albums like Honky-Tonk Hell and The Hometown Kid often unfolded like autobiographical entries from his road journal, then Drink the River shows an even broader range of his storytelling abilities. Lee isn't just writing songs about himself; he's writing songs about all of us. And maybe, in doing so, he can bring us a little closer together. 




     



  • Aug
    2 Fri

    Local H

    St. Louis, MO
    United States
    Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    GENERAL ADMISSION: $29.50
    GENERAL ADMISSION DOS: $33.00
    DOS CASH: $33.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: June 10, 2024 12:05 PM to August 1, 2024 11:59 PM
    GENERAL ADMISSION DOS / DOS CASH Public Onsale: August 2, 2024 12:00 AM to August 3, 2024 2:00 AM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    About the artist:

    Local H is an American rock band originally formed by guitarist and vocalist Scott Lucas, bassist Joe Pletcher, drummer Joe Daniels, and lead guitarist John Sparkman in Zion, Illinois in 1990. The members all met in high school in 1987 and founded Local H three years later. After Sparkman's departure in 1991 and Garcia's departure in 1993, Local H continued as an unorthodox two-piece setup.

  • Aug
    8 Thu
    Open Highway Presents

    Rob Leines

    St. Louis, MO
    United States
    Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    GENERAL ADMISSION: $15.00
    DOS CASH: $15.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: March 13, 2024 10:00 AM to August 8, 2024 12:00 AM
    DOS CASH Public Onsale: August 8, 2024 12:00 AM to August 9, 2024 2:00 AM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    About the artist:


    "It's hard for me to sit still," admits Rob Leines, the country-rock frontman and blue-collar road warrior who regularly spends more than 200 nights a year onstage, bashing out a mix of Telecaster twang, guitar-driven grit, and southern storytelling.


    Long before he paid tribute to the touring lifestyle with albums like 2021's Blood Sweat and Beers, Leines crisscrossed the country as a child. The son of a military man, he was born in Georgia and spent time in both Utah and California before returning to the motherland, where he graduated high school and began working as a whitewater raft guide. Leines loved the South — its waterways, mountains, and and although he'd eventually move back to


    California, those southern roots would always play a role in his music.


    Following his 2018 debut, Bad Seed, and the 2020 concert album Live in Richmond at the National (recorded during a rowdy night in Virginia, opening for Whiskey Myers), Blood Sweat and Beers finds Leines occupying the intersection between outlaw country and southern rock.


    It's a record that mixes tattooed twang, hardscrabble honky tonk, Appalachian rock & roll, and roadhouse roots music into the same pot, filled with songs that spotlight the highs, lows, victories, vices, and vixens that come with a life spent on the move.


    "Won't find me on the radio, no late-night TV show / You'll find us in a smokey bar somewhere on the go," he sings in "Rock & Roll Honky Tonk Life," a celebration of the roll-up-your-sleeves work ethic that's steered his entire career. A longtime welder who spent years working in the oil and gas industries along the Pacific Coast, followed by a traveling gig repairing components of turbine engines at power plants across the world, Leines understands the value of long days and hard work. Blood Sweat and Beers is the product of that same perseverance, written and recorded after his long climb from the dive bars of California - where Leines played some of his earliest shows, giving up his metalworking gig in order to pull triple-duty as the frontman, lead guitarist, and booking agent of his own power trio - to cross-country gigs, national acclaim, opening slots for country legends like Dwight Yoakam.


    "A lot of these songs are about blue-collar pride," he says. "They're about the workingman's experience. I'm trying paint a picture of what it's like on the road, and what it's like in the South. My roots are still very much tied to the area, and you can hear that in the sound."


    Co-produced by Leines and Eric Rennaker, Blood Sweat and Beers doubles down on the raw, rowdy stomp of Leines' live show. For years, he's described his sound as "if Skynyrd and Cash had a baby," although Blood Sweat and Beer explores the wider orbit of country-rock, too. "Patty Lynn" is a murder ballad fit for campfires and front-porch pickin' parties, "Hold On" is an acoustic love song, and "Good Time" spotlights Leines at his funkiest, trading the amplified twang of Bad Seed for something soulful and greasy. At the center of Blood Sweat and Beers, though, are songs that rip, riff, and roar, from


    "Bailing Hay" — a four-on-the-floor rabble-rouser that's equal parts ZZ Top and Waylon Jennings— tO


  • Aug
    10 Sat
    Open Highway Presents

    Sunny Sweeney

    St. Louis, MO
    United States
    Show at 7:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    GENERAL ADMISSION: $20.00
    GENERAL ADMISSION DOS: $25.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: June 7, 2024 3:39 PM to August 10, 2024 12:00 AM
    GENERAL ADMISSION DOS Public Onsale: August 10, 2024 12:00 AM to August 11, 2024 1:00 AM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION

    Sunny Sweeney, a genre-bending, songwriting spitfire who has spent equal time in the rich musical traditions of Texas and Tennessee, returns with Married Alone, the celebrated singer-songwriter’s fifth studio album and the follow-up to 2017’s critically acclaimed Trophy. Co-produced by beloved Texas musician and larger-than-life personality Paul Cauthen and the Texas Gentlemen’s multi-hyphenate Beau Bedford, Married Alone is Sweeney’s finest work yet, bringing together confessional songwriting, image-rich narratives and no shortage of sonic surprises for a loosely conceptual album about loss and healing. 


     



  • Aug
    14 Wed
    Open Highway Presents

    Silverada w/ Jason Scott & The High Heat

    St. Louis, MO
    United States
    Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    GENERAL ADMISSION: $20.00
    GENERAL ADMISSION DOS: $25.00
    DOS CASH: $25.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: May 10, 2024 10:00 AM to August 14, 2024 11:59 PM
    GENERAL ADMISSION DOS / DOS CASH Public Onsale: August 15, 2024 12:00 AM to August 16, 2024 2:00 AM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    About the artist

    Evolution. It's what keeps the best bands afloat — song after song, show after show, record after record.


    Mike Harmeier formed Mike and the Moonpies in his early 20s, a workingman's country band, honing their craft with five-hour sets on Austin's dancehall circuit before expanding across America. By the early 2020s, they'd become global ambassadors of Texas music, from Abbey Road Studios to the Grand Ole Opry.


    The growth led to introspection. As their music changed, why not their name too? Silverada marks this evolution.


    "Back in the day, all we wanted to do was play the Broken Spoke," says Harmeier, reminiscing about the Austin honky-tonk where Silverada found its roots.


    The album, their ninth, showcases their accumulated strengths — sharp songwriting, pedal steel melodies, and a versatile rhythm section — while breaking old rules. "Radio Wave" and "Eagle Rare" demonstrate their sonic exploration.


    Harmeier penned Silverada in his backyard studio, drawing inspiration from diverse sources. Recorded at Yellow Dog Studios, the album balances progression with roots, honoring their past while looking ahead.


    "We spent the first part of our career figuring out who we are," says Harmeier. "Now we want to evolve not only the sound of the band but the dynamic of the live show too. Silverada sets the stage for the next leg of the journey."



  • Aug
    15 Thu
    Open Highway Presents

    Ben Nichols w/ Oliver Peck

    St. Louis, MO
    United States
    Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    GENERAL ADMISSION: $20.00
    GENERAL ADMISSION DOS: $25.00
    DOS CASH: $25.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: June 14, 2024 10:00 AM to August 14, 2024 11:59 PM
    GENERAL ADMISSION DOS / DOS CASH Public Onsale: August 15, 2024 12:00 AM to August 16, 2024 2:00 AM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    About the artist

    Bikeriders Tour is a chance for a couple of old friends, Lucero lead singer Ben Nichols and tattoo artist Oliver Peck, to hit the road doing what they love… riding motorcycles around the country, singing songs, and tattooing.


     


    In each city, Oliver does tattoos at local shops during the day and each night Ben plays an acoustic solo show at a nearby venue, with Oliver acting as host and MC. Ben did the first Bikeriders Tour by himself in 2011, riding his ‘07 BMW R1200GS. The following year Oliver and a handful of other tattooers joined on their Harleys and since then they’ve carved out a week or two each year to travel together. Music, motorcycles, tattoos, and good times. This year renowned Cleveland tattoo artist Greg Christian will be coming along as well. 


     


    Simpson Motorcycle Helmets was kind enough to sponsor the tour, providing motorcycle helmets to be raffled off each night, with the money raised going to American Core, a nonprofit involved in veterans mental health.


     


    The tour is named after a Lucero song called “The Bikeriders” which was based on Danny Lyon’s famous book of photographs from the ‘60’s. The book inspired the song and the song inspired the tour. Ben still rides the same bike he started the tour on in 2011


  • Aug
    16 Fri
    What the Dance

    CLUB XCX

    St. Louis, MO
    United States
    Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    GENERAL ADMISSION: $20.00
    EARLY BIRD: $15.00
    GENERAL ADMISSION DOS: $25.00
    DOS CASH: $25.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    EARLY BIRD Public Onsale: July 9, 2024 10:16 AM to August 9, 2024 11:59 PM
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: July 9, 2024 10:16 AM to August 15, 2024 11:59 PM
    GENERAL ADMISSION DOS / DOS CASH Public Onsale: August 16, 2024 12:00 AM to August 17, 2024 2:00 AM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    About the event:








    WELCOME TO CLUB XCX 🔥


    CALLING ALL ST. LOUIS ANGELS FOR A B2B HYPERPOP NIGHT! 💚




    EXPERIENCE A PARTY, GIRL:


    🫧 The Golden Record


    🏍️ Friday, August 16


    💅 8PM 


    💃🏻 18+ 




    VROOM VROOM B*TCH / TIX @ WHATTHEDANCE.COM 🎟




    Blasting the best of Charli XCX, ARCA, Slayyyter, Shygirl, SOPHIE, 100 gecs, and more! 💿




    DJ set by @dj_cassiana 🎧


    Follow us for more @thedanceparties 🥳













    $15.00 - $20.00
  • Aug
    18 Sun
    Open Highway Presents

    Gooseberry

    St. Louis, MO
    United States
    Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    GENERAL ADMISSION: $12.00
    DOS CASH: $12.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: June 10, 2024 5:29 PM to August 19, 2024 2:00 AM
    DOS CASH Public Onsale: August 18, 2024 4:00 PM to August 19, 2024 2:00 AM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    About the artist

    Gooseberry is a trio from Brooklyn, New York born during the Fall of 2019. Their combination of alternative rock, indie, and blues is a recipe for a unique sound that Gooseberry delivers in each song. The band consists of Asa Daniels (guitar, vocals), Evin Rossington (drums), and Will Hammond (bass).

    Since the release of their 2022 debut EP Broken Dance, Gooseberry has been busy. Their eminently engaging music has tickled the ears and stirred the hearts of both music fans and the industry itself. The band has racked up hundreds of thousands of streams, garnering praise from editorial stalwarts Under the Radar, Ones to Watch, and more. Yet, more than anything, they have focused on doing what they do best: playing shows. They’ve played all along the east coast, often with local heartthrobs (My Son The Doctor, Meyru, Cab Ellis) and major touring acts (BabyJake, Grady Spencer & The Work, Tanner Usrey, Maybird) alike. 

    On August 25th, 2023, Gooseberry released their sophomore effort: Validate Me. Validate Me as a cohesive piece of art eloquently showcases the unique alternative rock sound that is wholly Gooseberry. This record is foundationally, fundamentally, whole-heartedly Gooseberry. No more, no less. Daniels’s dynamic songwriting soaring over Rossington’s bombastic drums; Hammond’s fluid bass lines the glue holding it all together. Road-keen musicianship wrapped around witty lyricism. More than anything, though, Validate Me proves that Gooseberry knows exactly who they are – gritty rock born at the nexus of DIY and arena-ready pop – and good god they are unapologetic about it.

    In support of the new record, Gooseberry hit the road for two months on The Validation Tour, the majority of which featured headline dates. This included a headline show at the legendary Bowery Ballroom in NYC, where they sold nearly 500 tickets! The band now boasts roughly 30K monthly listeners on Spotify and 4K+ followers on Instagram. Since its release, Validate Me has surpassed 500K streams on Spotify. 2024 is shaping up to be Gooseberry’s biggest year yet, with the band hard at work on their next record and touring plans already in motion.



  • Aug
    29 Thu

    Wailing Souls

    St. Louis, MO
    United States
    Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    GENERAL ADMISSION: $25.00
    GENERAL ADMISSION DOS: $30.00
    DOS CASH: $30.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: March 26, 2024 11:00 AM to August 28, 2024 11:59 PM
    GENERAL ADMISSION DOS / DOS CASH Public Onsale: August 29, 2024 12:00 AM to August 30, 2024 2:00 AM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    About the artist:


    The Wailing Souls are part of the small surviving group of reggae and roots originators still musically active today. The legendary group dates back to the late 1960s. The Wailing Souls members got their start learning from reggae icon Joe Higgs in Jamaica’s Trench Town yards and sung alongside other emerging groups at the time including Bob Marley & The Wailers. By the ’70s The Wailing Souls attracted interest from preeminent reggae producer Coxson Dodd and began a fruitful recording career. Four decades later the group has amassed three Grammy nominations, has been critically lauded for albums released by IslandTuff Gong and CBS Records and gained a widespread international following.
    The Wailing Souls saw large success in the early ’90s featuring songs on soundtracks including the certified gold album for Disney’s film Cool Runnings. Their 1992 album All Over The World also achieved a great deal of success for the group, selling over 800,000 copies.


    The Wailing Souls pushed the musical limits of the reggae genre with that release, blending sounds of funk, r&b, and country into their roots tradition, securing their reputations as pioneers in the genre.


    Fusing the harmonies of Motown with the roots and dancehall sounds of reggae, The Wailing Souls persist as one of the most powerful forces in Jamaican music. To this day, the group continues to release provocative, highly regarded regarded albums and is one of the most popular live reggae acts on the scene.


  • Aug
    30 Fri

    Bug Hunter and The Narcissist Cookbook

    St. Louis, MO
    United States
    Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    VIP: $65.00
    GENERAL ADMISSION: $30.00
    GENERAL ADMISSION DOS: $35.00
    DOS CASH: $35.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: April 12, 2024 12:00 PM to August 29, 2024 11:59 PM
    VIP Public Onsale: April 12, 2024 12:00 PM to August 31, 2024 2:00 AM
    GENERAL ADMISSION DOS / DOS CASH Public Onsale: August 30, 2024 12:00 AM to August 31, 2024 2:00 AM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    About the artist:

    Bug Hunter and The Narcissist Cookbook are touring the US together as a one-two punch of impactful story-telling songwriters. Fresh off the first season of their hit podcast, Jam Mechanics, both performers are ready to get back in front of a live audience to play songs about airplanes, fungus, and ghosts.

    Bug Hunter
    "Bug has the very unique skill of being able to put a lifetime of experiences in a single song. There is also a very rare quality where even the most painful lyrics manage to have a silver lining or hope within their theme. Every song has a story, and every story has something profound to pull from it. Every single album and song is an entire rush of words that manage to perfectly capture so many specific emotions and moments in time. There is such a rare quality in the writing, and I’ve yet to find another artist that I can fully compare to Bug Hunter.

    The Narcissist CookbookBio: Mudslinger/songwrecker The Narcissist Cookbook uses five-rounds-rapid storytelling and powerful songwriting as a siege weapon trained on the barker between the stage and the audience. An irreverent, unpredictable and inimitable voice in modern spoken word.

    $30.00 - $65.00
  • Aug
    31 Sat
    Midwest Metal Punks

    Bulldozer

    St. Louis, MO
    United States
    Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    GENERAL ADMISSION: $20.00
    GENERAL ADMISSION DOS: $25.00
    DOS CASH: $25.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: June 3, 2024 10:00 AM to August 30, 2024 11:59 PM
    GENERAL ADMISSION DOS / DOS CASH Public Onsale: August 31, 2024 12:00 AM to September 1, 2024 2:00 AM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    About the artist

    Bulldozer is an Italian heavy metal band formed in Milan in 1980. Known for their raw sound and aggressive style, Bulldozer quickly made a name for themselves in the underground metal scene. The band's music blends elements of speed metal, thrash, and black metal, often characterized by intense guitar riffs, pounding drums, and gritty vocals.


    The original lineup featured Alberto "AC Wild" Contini on bass and vocals, Andy Panigada on guitar, and a series of drummers, with Rob "Klister" Cabrini being the most notable early member. Their debut album, The Day of Wrath (1985), showcased their ferocious energy and gained a cult following. Subsequent albums like The Final Separation (1986) and IX (1987) solidified their reputation for producing hard-hitting, uncompromising metal.


    Despite disbanding in 1990, Bulldozer's legacy endured, leading to a reunion in 2008. They have since continued to release new music and perform live, maintaining their status as one of Italy's pioneering extreme metal bands. With a career spanning over four decades, Bulldozer remains a seminal influence in the metal genre, known for their relentless drive and unyielding sound.



  • Sep
    13 Fri

    Kaitlin Butts w/ Ken Pomeroy

    St. Louis, MO
    United States
    Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    GENERAL ADMISSION: $20.00
    GENERAL ADMISSION DOS: $20.00
    DOS CASH: $20.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: June 7, 2024 10:00 AM to September 12, 2024 11:59 PM
    GENERAL ADMISSION DOS / DOS CASH Public Onsale: September 13, 2024 12:00 AM to September 14, 2024 2:00 AM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    About the artist:


    A truly one-of-a-kind artist, Kaitlin Butts has a deep affinity for country music’s more theatrical side: the extravagant storytelling, dazzling showmanship, and songs embedded with both unbridled emotion and quick-fire humor. After discovering her passion for performing as a little girl, the Tulsa native later brought her boundless energy and radiant voice to her own unapologetic yet soulful songwriting.


    When it came time to create her third album, the Nashville-based musician leaned into her lifelong love of musical theater and dreamed up a modern-day reimagining of the soundtrack to her all-time favorite musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! The result: a high-concept but candidly autobiographical LP called Roadrunner!, whose 17 powerhouse songs show the full force and extraordinary depth of Butts’ artistry for the very first time.


    “Every summer when I was a kid my parents would take me to see a performance of Oklahoma! at a local amphitheater, and I’ve felt such a strong connection to it my entire life,” says Butts, who first conceptualized Roadrunner! during a pandemic rewatching of the film with her husband, Flatland Cavalry frontman Cleto Cordero. “It’s a love story but there’s also a murder and a little bit of an acid-trippy feel to it at times; it’s set in the same place where I come from. Once I got the idea for this album I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it before, and it turned into something that completely encompasses who I am and what I love.”


    Produced by Oran Thornton (Brent Cobb, Logan Brill), Roadrunner! marks a major tonal shift from Butts’ 2022 sophomore LP What Else Can She Do, a character-driven exploration of complex matters like addiction, domestic violence, and generational trauma. “With the last album I wanted to write about the struggles I’d seen people go through or experienced myself, so a lot of the songs had a sadness or darkness to them,” she says. “I feel like Roadrunner! is much closer to what I’m like onstage, where there’s real emotion and truth but also humor and a tendency to poke fun. It’s all those different versions of me at once.”


    Made with A-list musicians like multi-instrumentalists Russ Pahl (Sturgill Simpson, Kacey Musgraves) and Lex Price (Miranda Lambert, Parker McCollum), Roadrunner! ultimately matches that multidimensionality with a lush and fiery sound informed by Butts’ eclectic influences (outlaw country, strong-minded country-pop, timeless rock-and-roll, and more). As Butts reveals, the making of Roadrunner! served as an essential milestone in her journey as an artist, allowing for the fullest expression yet of the larger-than-life vision she’s long brought to her work (e.g., her cinematic videos, high-wattage stage presence, exquisitely curated costumes reflecting her fondness for sequins and fringe).


    “Some artists get up onstage in their T-shirts and jeans and do their thing, but what comes naturally to me is the drama and going that extra mile to try to create an immersive experience,” she says. “The more I pull from my musical-theater background, the more emboldened I am. Making this album showed me that little ideas can grow and take on a life of their own, and it’s so exciting to know that sticking with my vision can lead to something bigger than I ever even imagined.”



  • Sep
    21 Sat
    Open Highway Presents

    Briscoe

    St. Louis, MO
    United States
    Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    GENERAL ADMISSION: $20.00
    GENERAL ADMISSION DOS: $20.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: June 7, 2024 10:00 AM to September 20, 2024 11:59 PM
    GENERAL ADMISSION DOS Public Onsale: September 21, 2024 12:00 AM to September 22, 2024 2:00 AM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    About the artist:


    West of It All, the debut album from Americana folk-rock band Briscoe, is a coming-of-age soundtrack set against the backdrop of the Texas Hill Country. Written in the Lone Star State and recorded in North Carolina, it's an album that charts its own musical geography, with production from Grammy nominee Brad Cook (Bon Iver, Waxahatchee, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats) and adventurous songwriting that bridges the gap between classic American roots music and its modern-day incarnation. 


     


    From free backyard performances on the outskirts of UT Austin's campus to sold-out gigs at Antone's Nightclub and The Continental Club Gallery, Briscoe's growth — like the group's music itself — has been organic. Bandmates Truett Heintzelman and Philip Lupton met as teenagers, reunited as students at UT Austin, and built their grassroots following the old-school way: by carving out a sound that nodded to the golden era of folk, rock, and pop music, then getting onstage and building a genuine relationship with their audience. Signed by ATO Records while still pursuing undergraduate degrees, the Texas natives wrote West of It All as graduation loomed in the distance, funneling the stories of their college experience — from heartbreak to hard-won lessons to weekend trips into the rural countryside — into a raw, rugged blend of classic and contemporary influences. 


     


    With contributions from drummer Matt McCaughan (Bon Iver) and multi-instrumentalist Phil Cook (Megafaun, Hiss Golden Messenger), West of It All offers a singular version of genre-fluid folk music, from rootsy rave-ups like "The Well" to brainy, literary songs like "Sparrows." It's a self-assured album that follows no directions but its very own, stacked organic performance and sharp songwriting that negotiates the transition from adolescence to adulthood.


  • Oct
    21 Mon
    Open Highway Presents

    Slade Coulter & Jacob Stelly

    St. Louis, MO
    United States
    Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    GENERAL ADMISSION: $17.00
    GENERAL ADMISSION DOS: $20.00
    DOS CASH: $20.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: June 17, 2024 10:00 AM to October 20, 2024 11:59 PM
    GENERAL ADMISSION DOS / DOS CASH Public Onsale: October 21, 2024 12:00 AM to October 22, 2024 2:00 AM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    About the artist:


    While he was born from the dust of Jayton, Texas, Slade Coulter started his musical career about 100 miles west, in Lubbock, while attending Texas Tech University, forever linking the young songwriter to the bloodline of the ones who came before him: Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings, Pat Green, Charlie Shafter, and Wade Bowen. With the release of his 2020 debut EP Here We Go Again, Slade quickly began garnering a large following of fans throughout the state. Between his high energy live shows, impactful lyrics, and one of a kind voice… Slade Coulter is quickly becoming a household name among Country and Americana Music.  


  • Dec
    11 Wed
    Open Highway Presents

    American Aquarium

    St. Louis, MO
    United States
    Doors at 7:30 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
    TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
    GENERAL ADMISSION: $22.00
    GENERAL ADMISSION DOS: $25.00
    DOS CASH: $25.00

    TICKET SALE DATES
    GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: May 3, 2024 10:00 AM to December 10, 2024 11:59 PM
    GENERAL ADMISSION DOS / DOS CASH Public Onsale: December 11, 2024 12:00 AM to December 12, 2024 2:00 AM

    PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
    About the artist:



    For nearly two decades, American Aquarium have pushed toward that rare form of rock-and-roll that’s revelatory in every sense. “For us the sweet spot is when you’ve got a rock band that makes you scream along to every word, and it’s not until you’re coming down at three a.m. that you realize those words are saying something real about your life,” says frontman BJ Barham. “That’s what made us fall in love with music in the first place, and that’s the goal in everything we do.” On their new album The Fear of Standing Still, the North Carolina-bred band embody that dynamic with more intensity than ever before, endlessly matching their gritty breed of country-rock with Barham’s bravest and most incisive songwriting to date. As he reflects on matters both personal and sociocultural—e.g., the complexity of Southern identity, the intersection of generational trauma and the dismantling of reproductive rights—American Aquarium instill every moment of The Fear of Standing Still with equal parts unbridled spirit and illuminating empathy.



2720 Cherokee St
St. Louis, MO
United States