Live Music in St. Louis – Hear this Week: July 2 – 7

Monday July 2, 2018

St. Louis consistently tops lists of best cities to celebrate the Fourth of July so here’s a special 4th of July edition! Get out to these Bands of Note:

Live Music in St. Louis

Monday–Wednesday, July 2–4: Webster Groves Community Days has a lot of great local music going on, starting with their two-day “Webstock.” On Monday at 7 pm they have The Clan Shenanigans, Arcane, and the Whiskey Club Band, among others; on Tuesday, it’s The Steve Hauser Band (7:15); and on Wednesday, Clint & Co (7:15). Free.

Tuesday, July 3 – Get to the Jefferson Barracks “J.B. Blast” and hear the U.S. Air Force Band perform live at the Veteran’s Memorial Amphitheater. Fireworks ensue. 7 pm, free.

Wednesday, July 4; 6–7 “America’s Biggest Birthday,” Fair St. Louis, features a lot of great music and after a five year hiatus returns to our newly redesigned riverfront. July 4: Amelia Eisenhauer, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra; July 6: Dirty Muggs, Andy Grammer, Jason Derulo; July 7: Danielle Bradbery, Raelynn, Martina McBride. For times go here. Free.

Wednesday, July 4 – The Missouri Botanical Garden’s Whitaker Music Festival, the immensely entertaining Funky Butt Brass Band plays from 7:00–9:30 pm. Free.

Saturday, July 7 – Singer-Songwriter Ray LaMontagne returns to the Peabody Opera House for a special concert. Neko Case opens. 7:30 pm, $26–$122.

What the Locals Know: Speaking of Webster, they have a fun summer Gazebo series of live music and a movie at the corner of Big Bend & Old Orchard on Friday nights in the summer. This Friday (July 6) features Gypsy jazz by Dizzy Atmosphere followed by the movie “Charade.” 7 pm, free.

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

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