CITY Block Party w/ Smino, Bo Dean, DJ Sol

4 p.m. Saturday, February 24. Lou Fusz Plaza at CityPark, 2100 Market Street. Free. 314-924-6800.

St. Louis City SC’s inaugural season was a success, despite the crushing defeat (go to hell, Sporting Kansas City!). The team’s shiny new stadium in Midtown was packed game after game, proving that St. Louis is a true-blue soccer city. The action on the field was not the only thing that made the season thrilling. St. Louis soccer fans had long dreamed of having a home team to root for, and its arrival sent a bolt of energy through an already thriving culture surrounding the sport. One of the more exciting ways the team embraced and celebrated that fandom was through numerous big block party events at Lou Fusz Plaza. These pre-game pep rallies brought tens of thousands of attendees to performances by Metro Boomin, Gin Blossoms, Anderson .Paak, Ava Max and many more. That tradition continues as we head into the second season of MLS in St. Louis, with Chicago-based (but STL-born) rapper Smino returning to the land of his birth to help get everyone amped up for the main event. Smino will be joined by fellow rapper Bo Dean and DJ Sol, as well as a group of “& Friends” whose specifics remain to be seen. The block party is free to attend and open to the public, and a free watch party for those without tickets to the game will follow on the plaza.

But Wait, There’s More: According to the press release announcing the event, this isn’t all City SC has planned with Smino this year — the rapper will also “collaborate on a new program to amplify and support emerging local artists representing various musical genres.” The details on that have yet to be announced, but it’s definitely something to keep an eye on.

Dracula w/ B.O.R.N., Tower, KATO

9 p.m. Saturday, February 24. CBGB, 3163 South Grand Boulevard. $10 to $15. No phone.

D-beat continues to dominate in 2024, bringing gems like Dracula and B.O.R.N. to CBGB this week. The NOLA-based Dracula — not to be confused with St. Louis’ Dracla or with the ageless vampire of the same name — delivers a furious sound that’s as filthy as the piss-soaked streets from which it hails. Its sub-two-minute songs go straight for the jugular and never let up. Birmingham, Alabama’s B.O.R.N. has a sound that is perhaps best described by using the words for which its acronym name stands: Belligerent Onslaught Relentless Noise. That about sums it up! Drenched in feedback and delivered at a frantic pace, its blink-and-you’ll-miss-them songs make this formerly young punk want to throw a brick at a cop car (it’s just a turn of phrase, your honor). The two come to town on the heels of a split EP release from October 2020. 

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