Live Music in St. Louis – Hear This Week: July 1 – 5
St. Louis consistently tops lists of best cities to celebrate Independence Day, 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:
Live Music in St. Louis
Fair St. Louis is the mother of all local celebrations. If you haven’t experienced the great music and fireworks at the Arch, do it this year. Free.
Thursday, July 4 – Country Night: Randy Houser, 6:30 pm; Brett Young, 8:15 pm.
Friday, July 5 – R&B Night: Johnny Gill, 6:30 pm; Keith Sweat, 8:15 pm.
Saturday, July 6 – Alt Rock Night: Vertical Horizon, 6:30 pm; The Flaming Lips, 8:15 pm.
O’Fallon’s Heritage & Freedom Fest takes place out west for three days at the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex. Free.
Wednesday, July 3 – Country Night: Walker Hayes, Filmore, and Noah Guthrie.
Thursday, July 4 – Rock and Roll Night: Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Gabby Barrett (of American Idol fame), and Queens Blvd.
Chesterfield’s 4th of July Celebration kicks off on Thursday at 6 pm. The main stage features the party band Fat Pocket. Free.
JB Blast takes place at historic Jefferson Barracks, where they are celebrating 20 years of celebrating the 4th. Opening for the fireworks on Wednesday, July 3 at 7 pm is our own South Side Johnny Band playing rock, oldies, Motown, and dance party classics. Free.
Friday, July 5 – Done with all that and looking for something completely different? DJ Slick Rick is spinning old school jams at the wonderful Palomino Lounge. 8 pm, no cover.
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 get out and celebrate our country’s 243rd 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.
For more live music and entertainment happening in St. Louis visit our events calendar.
— Hear This Week is written by local writer, musician, and live music fan Kevin M. Mitchell