A Guide to St. Louis’ Summer Concerts

Wednesday May 14, 2014

Just as the weather starts to heat up so does St. Louis’ concert scene.  Here is your guide to hearing some great live music during your next visit in St. Louis

Blues fans will flock to St. Louis this summer for the St. Louis Blues Week Festival (May 24-25) and the Big Muddy Blues Festival (August 30-31).

The Blues Week Festival will kick off the summer music season at the Chesterfield Amphitheater on Memorial Day weekend. The festival will feature headliners Royal Southern Brother Hood, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Otis Clay along with a host of other local and national acts. This year’s event also includes The Bunge BBQ Blast, in which 35 teams will compete for big-time bragging rights.

The Big Muddy Blues Festival is back for another year of rockin’ Blues performances on Lacelde’s Landing! Featuring three outdoor stages and 30 bands, the Labor Day weekend festival showcases the genre’s rich history while celebrating St. Louis’ place in American music. Once again, the BMBF main stage at 700 N. First Street will host a talented and diverse collection of local acts and national headliners from the world of Blues, Rock, Soul, Rockabilly and Country. Line up coming soon!

If blues is not your thing LouFest is sure to speak your language. The two-day festival featuring more than 30 national and local bands on three stages takes place in Forest Park September 6-7. LouFest is a sustainable music festival for all-ages featuring food and retail and for the youngest fans there is Area K, a special area filled with music, magic, kid-friendly food and more. Don’t miss out on the best lineup yet featuring Outkast, Arctic Monkey, Cake, GroupLove and many more! .

If you’re looking for a music festival that is more low key and also fun for the whole family here are some more great options:

Fair Saint Louis Concert Series
Fair St. Louis will be bringing on a big mix of popular music genre including Tompson Square and The Band Perry July 4; Mary Lambert, Gavin DeGraw, Matt Nathanson and Bonnie Raitt July 4 and En Vogue, Capital Cities, The Fray July 5

Jungle Boogie Friday Night Concert Series
Zoos are full of all types of sounds, but none quite as melodic as those heard during the Jungle Boogie Friday Night Concert Series. Groovethang (Variety) start the ball rolling on May 23, with other acts including Dirty Muggs (Variety/R&B) on May 30, American Idle (Country/Pop/Variety) July 11, Mood Swings (’80 Covers) August 1 and many more!  The Friday night concert series at the Saint Louis zoo runs May 23 through August 29.

Missouri Botanical Garden Whitaker Music Festival
You’d be hard pressed to find a more scenic setting for an outdoor concert than the beautiful Missouri Botanical Gardens. This year’s series kicks off with Peter Martin Quartet on June 4, Al Holliday & the East Side Rhythm Band on June 11, Marsha Evans & the Coalition on June 18, Javier Mendoza on June 25, Old Salt Union on July 2 and many more! The Festival runs on Wednesday evenings, June 4 through August 6.

Verizon Wireless Country Mega Ticket
The 2014 Country Megaticket concert series will kick off in St. Louis on May 16 through August 31. Once again, the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater will host some of the hottest stars in country music. This year’s series will feature Rascal Flatts, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley and more.

2014 RFT Music Showcase
The Riverfront Times’ Music Showcase is an all-day festival featuring 80+ local acts, held this year on Saturday, June 7. The annual celebration of St. Louis’ best and brightest musical talent will take place for the first time in the eclectic Grove neighborhood, along Manchester Avenue between Kingshighway and Vandeventer, inside ten participating venues.  A $10 wristband grants access to all participating venues and a free, all-ages outdoor stage will host music from 1 to 7 p.m..

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