11 St. Louis Concerts You Must Check Out in December

By Katie Davis
In Culture

Rock, folk, country, hip-hop and more all come together this month to offer St. Louis a long list of must-see shows. Concert-goers can check out Queen B’s diva-worthy show at Scottrade, listen to both new and old favorite tunes from Thirty Seconds to Mars or dive into the country scene with Martina McBride.

Blue October

Blue October. Photo courtesy of The Pageant.

Blue October
Dec. 7, The Pageant
Houston-based alternative-rock band Blue October, led by singer-guitarist Justin Furstenfeld, continues its experimental legacy with a 2013 album, “Sway.” Get tickets online.

Atlas Genius
Dec. 9, The Pageant
Although the group’s been around for a few years, Australian indie-rock band Atlas Genius is now finally seeing some rewards for its hard work. Releasing its debut album, “When It Was Now,” in February 2013, the band received great reviews and excitement over songs like “If So” and “Trojans.” Tickets are available online.

Alt-J/Grouplove
Dec. 10, The Pageant
UK-based electronica rock band Alt-J joins up with American alt-rock group Grouplove for this tour, stopping here in St. Louis to perform their individual tunes, some new collaborations and just experiment with sound.  Purchase tickets through the Pageant online.

Drake
Dec. 11, Scottrade Center
Rapper-singer Drake’s most recent album, “Nothing Was the Same,” features an incredible mix of collaborations with electronic-rock groups, other big-name rappers like Jay-Z and Big Sean and much more. Check out this top-notch performer do his thing, performing both his new work as well as many other big-hit tunes. Tickets are available through Scottrade Center online.

Thirty Seconds to Mars

Thirty Seconds to Mars. Photo courtesy of The Pageant.

Thirty Seconds to Mars
Dec. 12, The Pageant
Jared Leto, Shannon Leto and Tomo Milicevic make up this rock group, formed in the late 90s, that has continued to produce music throughout the last decades. Fans won’t want to miss the band playing from its most recent album, “Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams.” Thirty Seconds to Mars tickets are available online.

Martina McBride
Dec. 13, The Fox
Country superstar Martina McBride brings her Christmas tour, “The Joy of Christmas,” to St. Louis with a 12-piece band, a video screen complementing McBride’s music with seasonal images and, of course, a large selection of beautiful music. Find Martina McBride tickets online.

Phoenix
Dec. 13, The Pageant
French pop-rock group Phoenix has only continued to gain more success since its highly successful 2009 album, “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.” With the newest album, “Bankrupt!,” breaking some of the band’s usual sounds and techniques, concert-goers won’t be bored by this group’s musical expertise. Get tickets online.

Beyonce

Beyonce The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. Photo courtesy of Scottrade Center.e

Beyoncé
Dec. 14, Scottrade Center
One of the world’s most recognized and successful pop and hip-hop artists, Beyoncé Knowles, will take the stage in St. Louis and dance, sing and perform for a huge crowd full of fans. Unfortunately for those who do not have tickets, Beyoncé’s highly anticipated concert is sold out.

Bonnie “Prince” Billy
Dec. 14, Contemporary Art Museum
Hosted at CAM, this solo performance from Will Oldham (stage name Bonnie “Prince” Billy), shows off his unique folk-meets-indie style, creative musicality and overall independent spirit. Get tickets online.

Straight No Chaser

Dec. 15; The Fox
This all-male a cappella group is not what one might imagine. Instead, this talented band of singers is more like a pop-rock sensation with its covers of Jason Mraz, Rob Thomas and Dolly Parton. Purchase tickets online.

Kem and Faith Evans
Dec. 27, Chaifetz Arena
Get ready for love and broken-heart songs right before the holidays! Smooth-styled R&B star Kem joins the talented rhythm and gospel soulstress Faith Evans for the seasonal Holiday Jam concert. Purchase tickets online.

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