Hear this Week – Live Music in St. Louis July 3 – 8
St. Louis consistently tops lists of best cities to celebrate the Fourth of July, and it’s not just because of the fireworks on the riverfront. We turn it into a multi-day party with great live music. Get out to these Bands of Note:
Monday & Tuesday, July 3-4 – Fair St. Louis is already in progress, and what a line up. On Monday, Eve 6 (5), Sister Hazel (6:45), and 3 Doors Down (8:30) take the #FairSTL Stage at Forest Park. On Tuesday there’s Matt Stillwell (4:35), Dan + Shay (6:15), and Jake Owen (8). Free.
Monday & Tuesday, July 3-4 – St. Charles is also celebrating with great acts as part of their Riverfest at Frontier Park. Monday go hear Oh Brother (3:30), Contagious (5:30), and the Nick Lynch Band (8). On Tuesday, see the Well Hungarians (5:30) and Spazmatics (8). Free.
Tuesday, July 4 – If you want to bring it down a bit, Kirkwood Park has a great fireworks display with our local heroes Fanfare playing contemporary pop and rock covers. 7, free.
Thursday, July 6 – Now that you’ve had a day to recover from the Fourth festivities, head to Fubar and get your alt on. Metalcore band the Dead Rabbits headline a show that also includes I Set My Friends on Fire. If you have a fire-retardant shirt, maybe wear it? 6:30, $16.
Saturday, July 8 – A St. Louis classic place to party and hear great music, the Palomino Lounge, is hosting funk and hip-hop artists Mathias & the Pirates. 9, $10.
What the Locals Know: While Fair St. Louis gets the attention for the big July 4th party, there are scores of smaller parties on the 4th in parks and communities throughout the area, with most featuring talented local music acts. See a full list here, pick one that looks good to you, pack a picnic basket and lawn chairs, and get out and celebrate our country’s 242nd birthday!
Music Note of Note: Fair St. Louis was founded in 1981 by local businessmen and -women to promote St. Louis to the country, and it instantly became one of the biggest celebrations of July 4th. It was first called the VP Fair, and live music was always a key part of it. Opening acts for the fireworks in those early days included Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Elton John, and Linda Ronstadt. Loretta Lynn performed at the first fair.
— Hear This Week is written by local writer, musician, and live music fan Kevin M. Mitchell