Sounds Of St. Louis

Monday May 16, 2011

St. Louis has a rich musical heritage, but the current music scene is even more impressive. In addition to hip-hop, dance clubs and a handful of dueling piano bars, St. Louis boasts a thriving live music scene, with dozens of clubs showcasing local and regional bands nightly. National headliners of every genre make St. Louis a regular tour stop with shows at such state of the art venues as: Chaifetz Arena; Fox Theatre; Jazz at the Bistro; The Pageant Concert Nightclub; The Roberts Orpheum Theater; Powell Symphony Hall; Scottrade Center; The Sheldon Concert Hall; Touhill Performing Arts Center; and Hollywood Casino Amphitheater.

Each year, St. Louis strikes up the band for a variety of music-related events, both large and small. On Tuesdays in May and June, free “Twilight Tuesdays” concerts take place on the lawn of the Missouri History Museum, and Laumeier Sculpture Park’s Music + Movie Series offers free movies and live music every Friday night in June.

Memorial Day weekend welcomes the annual Rib America music and barbecue festival to Soldiers Memorial in downtown St. Louis. In June, Jefferson Barracks Park hosts local bands for “Blues on the Mississippi” on Friday nights, and “Oldies on the River” on Saturday nights. The Missouri Botanical Garden features free summertime jazz and pop concerts in the garden on Wednesday nights in June and July at the Whitaker Music Festival.

On Laclede’s Landing, the Big Muddy Blues Festival is held over Labor Day weekend each year, and the free, two-day event showcases local and regional blues bands on multiple stages. Taste of St. Louis is a three-day celebration of St. Louis art, culture, food, and music, featuring local artists and national headliners throughout the three-day event.

From October through May, the St. Louis Cathedral concerts offer an opportunity to “experience great music in a great space.” The breathtakingly beautiful Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis hosts world-class musicians from around the globe for a variety of afternoon and evening performances. The Gateway Arch Riverboats cruises Old Man River year-round, featuring a variety of live entertainment cruises with blues bands.

Visit the calendar section for the most up to date listing of music festivals and events.

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