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Live in Saint Louis: the best upcoming live concerts on 5/17 - 5/18

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Let's be honest: attending live shows in Saint Louis during the spring is not a sure bet by any stretch. Parking can be a hot mess. Shows sell out in seconds. Extreme weather can keep venues closed for days on end, especially if there's a power outage. It almost makes one want to stay in doors the entire time.

Luckily, Saint Louis has live gigs to spare and is spilling out music venues out the rear end. Plus, we have no tornado outbreaks scheduled for this weekend. So get ready to shell out a few bucks for tickets, Saint Louis, and spend these upcoming Saturday and Sunday evenings out of the house.

Over at Off Broadway, they are opening their doors Saturday evening for The Whigs, a Nashville-based band with four studio albums to their name. Opening for the Whigs is Turbo Fruits, another rock band from Nashville who has a new album to promote on the road. Tickets will cost you an even twelve dollars at the door.

Down at the Firebird on Olive Street, they're also blowing up Saturday night with an out-of-state act. Their 5/17 show is Seattle rapper Grieves, who will be no stranger to long-term attendees of the Firebird. Accompanying him are opening acts SonReal and Fearce Vill from Dyme Def. Like at Off Broadway, tickets to see Grieves are twelve bucks per person.

Jumping to a much larger venue, The Pageant will be hosting the School of Rock “Best of Season” benefit concert. They will be playing covers of songs from rock bands across the years, from the Beatles to the Black Keys. Proceeds from this concert will go towards Play It Forward and the Rock School Scholarship Fund. Tickets range between ten and twenty-five dollars.

Just in case you thought Saturday night was the only night all right for fighting – err, concerts – Sunday night is right around the corner to remind you otherwise. At the Old Rock House, where barbecue and live music reigns supreme, Wye Oak will be performing for the newgaze fans out there. This indie duo will most likely be performing tracks from their latest critically acclaimed album, “Shriek”. Tickets for Wye Oak will run you about thirteen bucks per head.

Meanwhile, on Cherokee Street, the “punk rock saloon” known as Los Punk will be hosting several bands this Sunday evening. These include Permanent Makeup, Dad Jr., Animal Teeth and Q. This is the most affordable show of the bunch, as tickets only cost five bucks, although attendees will probably pay much more to eat Los Punk's street food fare.

How will you be spending this upcoming Saint Louis spring weekend?