Summer Concert Lineup in St. Louis
Just as the weather starts to heat up in St. Louis so does the summer concert season!
The Blues Week Festival will kick off the summer music season at Soldiers Memorial on Memorial Day weekend. The FREE festival will feature headliners Trombone Shorty & Orleans Review, Mavis Staples and Big George Brock along with a host of other local and national acts. This year’s event features the first ever BBQ Battle Royale, in which 30 teams will compete to win cash, prizes and of course, big-time bragging rights. The Blues Week festival supports the National Blues Museum, now in the planning stages for development in downtown St. Louis.
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, national headliners and a Grammy winner from the world of Blues, Rock, Soul, Rockabilly and Country. The headliners include the Reverend Horton Heat and Walter Trout.
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 7-8. 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 Wilco, The Killers, The National, Alabama Shakes 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 St. Louis, synonymous with St. Louis summer concert going for so long, brings on a big mix of popular music genre including Tracy Adkins July 4, Bret Michaels July 5 and Counting Crows July 6
St. Louis Summer Concerts, a newer staple brought to us from the same folks who run Fair St. Louis, include a special headliner this year. Headlining this year is Josh Turner on July 12, The Urge on July 13, K’NAAN on July 19 and finally NEEDTOBREATE on July 20
Zoos are full of all types of sounds, but none quite as melodic as those heard during the Jungle Boogie Friday Night Concert Series. Whiskey Morning (Country) start the ball rolling on May 24, with other acts including Bottoms Up Blues Gang (Blues) on June 28, 3 Handsome Guys (Rock and pop) on July 12, July 26 – Johnny Henry Band (Country/Southern rock) on July 26, Miss Jubilee & the Humdingers (Jump blues, swing & hot jazz) on August 2, August 23 – Funky Butt Brass Band (New Orleans) on August 23 and many more!
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 the Funky Butt Brass Band on June 5, Terence Blanchard on June 12, Kim Massie on June 19, Ransom Note on June 26, Beth Bombara on July 3, Victor & Penny July 10, Montez Coleman/Willie Akins Project on July 17 and many more!
The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce heats up its summer nights in Faust Park with acts such as Bob Kuban on June 4, Trilogy on June 11, Scott & Karl on June 18, Spectrum on June 25, Abbey Road Warriors on July 9, Mirage on July 16, Everyday People on July 23, Gypsy Jones – Tribue to Janis Joplin on July 30, Yessir on August 6 and Billy Peek on August 13
Twilight Tuesdays got off to a great start with beautiful weather for the first show in the lineup, none other than Marquise Knox. The series continues with Dr. Zhivegas on Tuesday, May 21 and A Tribute to Earth, Wind, & Fire on Tuesday, May 28