Best Bets: Chris Stapleton, Let Them Eat Art, “Annie” and more

Let Them Eat Art


Adeline Nevins (right), 10, of Maplewood, makes faces with her sister while trying on headbands at the Let Them Eat Art festival in Maplewood on Friday, July 10, 2015. Photo by Cristina M. Fletes,

Celebrate Maplewood and art at the city’s whimsical tribute to Bastille Day. The 13th annual party includes live music, artists from around the region, live art demonstrations, and food and drink from Maplewood establishments. 

Dr. Zhivegas Performs Purple Rain

When 9 p.m. Friday • Where Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street • How much $20-$60 •  


Dr. Zhivegas performs at the Pageant on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. The concert was to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of Dr Zhivegas. Photo by Jon Gitchoff

Popular St. Louis cover band Dr. Zhivegas debuted a well-received Prince tribute show at the Old Rock House in 2017 and brings it back this weekend with “Dr. Zhivegas Performs Purple Rain.” The band will perform all the hits from the blockbuster album and classic film of the same name. 

Chris Stapleton’s “2018 American Road Show” with Marty Stuart, Brent Cobb

When 7 p.m. Friday • Where Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, 14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights • How much $89.75 (single tickets only) with platinum level seats also available $152-$206 •  

It may look as if country music superstar Chris Stapleton rose to the top just like that, but he actually was a well-known songwriter first, penning tunes for Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley and even Adele. He debuted with “Traveller” (2015) followed by “From a Room: Volume 1” and “From a Room: Volume 2.” He told NPR his fans may connect with his music because “hopefully they know what we do is authentically us, and that goes over no matter what kind of music you’re playing.” 

Mound City Music Fest

When 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday • Where Atomic Cowboy Pavilion and the Bootleg, 4140 Manchester Avenue • How much $10 for a one-day pass, $15 for a two-day pass,

Mound City Music Fest has shows at both the outdoor pavilion and at the Bootleg. The event begins Friday with Common Jones (7:30 p.m. at the pavilion), Guerrilla Theory (9:30 p.m. at the pavilion) and the Driftaways (11 p.m. in the Bootleg). DJ DCUPP opens the evening and spins between sets. Saturday brings Monkh and the People (7 p.m. at the pavilion), the Scandaleros (8:30 p.m at the pavilion), Brother Francis and the Soultones (10 p.m. at the pavilion) and Break Night (11 p.m. at the Bootleg). DJ Trouble will open the night and performs between sets. 

Travis Tritt

When 8 p.m. Saturday • River City Casino, 777 River City Casino Boulevard • How much $35-$55 •  

Having Chris Stapleton and Travis Tritt in St. Louis on consecutive nights opens up all sorts of possibilities in the heads of country music fans who hope the performers could cross paths on stage. But there’s no doubt each show will be great on its own if that doesn’t happen. “It’s Great to Be Alive” and “Here’s a Quarter Call Someone Who Cares” singer Tritt released a two-disc album and DVD in 2016, “A Man and His Guitar — Live From the Franklin Theatre,” shot at the Franklin Theatre in Tennessee.  

Killer Queen

When 7:30 p.m. Saturday • Where Family Arena, 2002 Arena Parkway, St. Charles • How much $30-$58 •  

A year after last playing Family Arena, Queen tribute band Killer Queen is back to continue to prove “We Will Rock You.” The group bills itself as Europe’s top Queen tribute. Singer Patrick Myers said: “The whole thing is a party, celebration. We’re delivering Christmas through rock ’n’ roll. If you want to dance the night away, that’s what we’re about.” Queen is of course known for songs such as “Somebody to Love,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Are the Champions” and “Another One Bites the Dust.”  

Scarface, DJ Quik’s “The Last of a Dying Breed” show

When 8 p.m. Saturday • Where the Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard • How much $35-$45  

DJ Quik. Photo courtesy of the artist

Hip-hop veterans Scarface and DJ Quik are joining forces for a show this weekend and have teamed up to work together on a new EP. DJ Quik told XXL magazine: “We’re actually recording every show that we do into Protools. We’re going to listen back to it after the tour is done, and in the interim, we’re writing lyrics and music on the bus. It just makes sense to make an EP. Not just to sell and have a record out, but to make this whole experience and give it to people to feel a vibe.” 

Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson’s “Twins of Evil: The Second Coming Tour”

When 7 p.m. Saturday • Where Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, 14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights How much $29.50-$125  

There probably couldn’t be a better title for a Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson co-headlining tour than “Twins of Evil,” though they were anything but brotherly the last time they toured together in 2012. The pair famously got into it in Detroit when Manson claimed Zombie cut his set short by going over the allotted time, leading to some bad words exchanged. Where was Alice Cooper to rein it all in? 

The Amazing Taco Race: A Scavenger Hunt

When 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday • Where restaurants, bars and shops along Cherokee Street • How much $20-$35 •

This first scavenger-hunt style taco tour of south St. Louis’ Cherokee Street gives you the excuse you need to feed your face with tacos, learn more about the area, solve mysteries along the way and benefit Casa de Salud, a nonprofit that delivers health services to the uninsured and underinsured. 

Oh Wonder

When 8 p.m. Monday • Where Delmar Hall, 6133 Delmar Boulevard How much $25  

London pop duo Oh Wonder, made up of Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West, was never looking to tour the world off of its music, but that’s what happened. The act is touring with its album “Ultralife.” “We’ve never pushed this project. It has always felt like it’s pulling us along. We initially put our songs on Soundcloud hoping to pitch them to other artists. What happened next surprised us as much as anyone. Almost from the moment we began, we felt a connection with fans.” 

Jim DeFelice

When 7 p.m. Tuesday • Where St. Louis County Library, 1640 South Lindbergh Boulevard • How much Free •  314-994-3300

Author DeFelice, who co-authored “American Sniper” with Chris Kyle, now turns to the 19th century with his new book, “West Like Lightning: The Brief, Legendary Ride of the Pony Express.” Considering the romantic legend of the cross-country riders who carried mail through the tough West, it’s hard to believe that the enterprise only lasted 18 months. DeFelice will talk about the Pony Express’ creation and demise. 

Foreigner: “Jukebox Heroes”

When 7 p.m. Wednesday • Where Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, 14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights • How much $20-$350 •  

Sound of Music Sing-a-Long

“The Importance of Being Earnest”

A Midsummer Night’s Creep

Fast forward

  • Kenny Chesney, July 21 at Busch Stadium: No Shoes Nation gears up as the country superstar comes to the big stage.
  • World Naked Bike Ride, July 21, starting in the Grove: The 11th annual “as bare as you dare” ride through St. Louis includes parties before and after
  • “Gypsy,” July 27-Aug. 2 at the Muny: The musical-theater classic, with music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, tells the story of the ultimate overbearing stage mother 
  • Missouri and Illinois state fairs, Aug. 9-19 in Sedalia and Springfield: Head to a state fair to get your fill of butter sculptures, livestock, live music and every deep-fried thing imaginable