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Lee Brice at Chesterfield Amphitheater

Lee Brice performs June 12, 2021, at Chesterfield Amphitheater.


‘The Music of Queen’

When 7:30 p.m. June 10 • Where Powell Hall, 718 North Grand Boulevard • How much $52-$75 • More info 314-534-1700;

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra will rock you pretty much every time you attend, but not like this. Led by conductor Martin Herman and with MiG Ayesa on vocals, the SLSO puts the “classic” (rock) in “classical” by performing “The Music of Queen,” featuring songs from the band’s albums “A Night at the Opera,” “Jazz,” “News of the World” and more. By Daniel Durchholz

Lord Huron

Lord Huron

Lord Huron

When 7:30 p.m. June 10 • Where St. Louis Music Park, 750 Casino Center Drive, Maryland Heights • How much $19-$75 • More info

Rock band Lord Huron is touring in support of its latest album, “Long Lost.” The shows began in May in Las Vegas. By Kevin C. Johnson

That Purple Stuff: A Royal DJ Tribute to Prince

When 8 p.m. June 10 • Where Delmar Hall, 6133 Delmar Boulevard • How much $13-$15 • More info

DJ James Biko’s last tribute to Prince was a year ago outside City Foundry, where attendees in roped-off pods partied like it was 1999. For the event’s return, at Delmar Hall, Biko will spin Prince’s music in celebration of his birthday, along with music by related acts. By Kevin C. Johnson

The Plastic Cup Boyz

When 7:30 and 10 p.m. June 10-11, 7 p.m. June 12 • Where Helium Comedy Club, St. Louis Galleria, 1151 St. Louis Galleria Street, Richmond Heights • How much $25-$33 • More info

If you know Kevin Hart’s stand-up, chances are you know the Plastic Cup Boyz. The comedy group — Joey Wells, Will “Spank” Horton and Na’im Lynn — regularly opens for Hart on the road. By Kevin C. Johnson


Gateway Festival Orchestra

When 2 p.m. June 11 • Where Schlafly Library, 225 North Euclid Avenue • How much Free • More info 314-741-5948;

For the second week in a row, the Gateway Festival Orchestra brings the music to the people with another string quartet performance at a St. Louis Library branch. This week it’s the Schlafly Library in the Central West End. And once again, it’s free. By Daniel Durchholz

Block Party at Foundry Art Centre

When 11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 11 • Where Foundry Art Centre, 520 North Main Street, St. Charles • How much Free • More info 636-255-0270;

Food, drinks, live music, a chance to climb on heavy machinery and vehicles, and steamroller printing round out a full day of free entertainment. Steamroller printing involves large-scale images created by regional artists and collectives carved into 5-by-3-foot blocks. A canvas is laid on top, and the whole thing is run over by a steamroller. By Valerie Schremp Hahn

Lee Brice, Michael Ray, Jackson Dean

When 7 p.m. June 11 • Where St. Louis Music Park, 750 Casino Center Drive, Maryland Heights • How much $21-$50 • More info

When country singer Lee Brice announced his “Label Me Proud Tour,” he said he can’t wait to see his fans — “bar none the best ones out there,” he says. Brice, whose latest album is “Hey World” (2020) — is on the road with Michael Ray and Jackson Dean. By Kevin C. Johnson

Soulard Pride

When Noon June 11 • Where Parade travels from Boo Coo (1031 Lynch Street) to Soulard Bastille (1027 Russell Boulevard) • How much Free • More info

The annual Soulard Pride golf cart parade rolls through the neighborhood, passing participating bars and finishing at Soulard Bastille. Bars will offer themed drinks and colored beads that can be redeemed for a chance to win a raffle. By Valerie Schremp Hahn

‘The Department Co.’

When Noon-8:30 p.m. June 11 • Where Railway Exchange building, Sixth and Locust streets (noon-5 p.m.) and Sixth Street and Washington Avenue (5 p.m.-8:30 p.m.) • How much Free • More info

Artist Jenny Murphy leads a free activity, teaching people how to re-use materials to make planters and stationary. Murphy also has a public art project, “The Department Co.,” featuring murals in the windows of the Railway Exchange building, formerly home to Macy’s, Famous-Barr and Stix, Baer & Fuller stores on Sixth Street. Murphy’s murals and activities “ask us to reimagine spaces and common materials in more environmentally friendly, welcoming and noncommercial ways — where waste items are reused for new purposes and ordinary windows become places to gather and use your creativity to make a better world,” according to an announcement. Starting at 5 p.m., the art-creators can also listen to free concerts outside the National Blues Museum. The murals will be on view through May 2023. By Jane Henderson

Circus Flora prepares for 33rd season

Abby Steiling gestures to the audience while suspended in the air in 2019 at the Circus Flora Big Top. 

Circus Flora: ‘The Quest for the Innkeeper’s Cask’

When June 11-July 3; performance times vary • Where The Big Top, 3401 Washington Boulevard • How much $10-$65 • More info

The caves beneath St. Louis serve as the setting for this year’s Circus Flora production, “The Quest for the Innkeeper’s Cask.” Members of the troupe venture through the caves, encountering booby traps and other obstacles, as they search for the cask, which is rumored to have mystical powers. The Flying Cortes, Ambrose Martos and Britt Lower are among the national and international performers set to perform. By Valerie Schremp Hahn


‘Ragtime, Blues & All That Jazz’

When 3 p.m. June 12 • Where Powell Hall, 718 North Grand Boulevard • How much $35-$68 • More info 314-534-1700;

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, led by trumpeter-vocalist Byron Stripling, steps out to explore the worlds of ragtime, blues and jazz. The musical journey includes works by Scott Jopling and Jelly Roll Morton, B.B. King and Muddy Waters. Joining Stripling and the SLSO are keyboardist Micah Thomas, drummer Jim Rupp, and keyboardist Bobby Floyd of the Ray Charles, Dr. John and Count Basie bands. By Daniel Durchholz

St. Louis Soap Box Derby

When 9 a.m. June 12 • Where Columbia and Macklind avenues • How much Free • More info

Cheer novice racers in the stock division or more advanced racers in the super-stock at the St. Louis Soap Box Derby, a youth racing program that is part of the All-American Soap Box Derby program. Racers buy a car racing kit to compete and get gravity on their side to win the race. The race is open to drivers ages 7-20 but is capped at 50 racers each year. Winners advance to the World Championships in Akron, Ohio. By Valerie Schremp Hahn

‘A Place for Us’

When 5 p.m. June 12, 7:30 p.m. June 13 • Where Centene Center for the Arts, 3547 Olive Street • How much $20-$25 • More info 314-287-5669;

For the finale of its 35th season, the Gateway Men’s Chorus presents “A Place for Us,” a concert of Broadway and silver screen favorites spotlighting the transcendent work of composer, songwriter and lyricist Stephen Sondheim (“West Side Story,” “Into the Woods” and on and on). You probably know all the words, and it’s a good thing you do: You’re invited to sing along! By Daniel Durchholz


Candice Millard

When 6 p.m. June 13 • Where Schlafly Library, 225 North Euclid Avenue • How much Free • More info

Candice Millard is known for her interesting slices of history, including Theodore Roosevelt’s exploration of the Amazon in “River of Doubt.” Her latest story of adventure, “River of the Gods,” focuses on the search for the headwaters of the Nile by two men who would become bitter enemies. Publishers Weekly calls the story “riveting” and says Millard’s lushly detailed adventure story keeps a steady eye on the racial power dynamics involved in this imperialist endeavor.” By Jane Henderson

Opera Explorers

When 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. June 13-17, June 20-24 • Where Flynn Park Elementary, 7220 Waterman Avenue • How much $185 • More info 314-961-0644;

A weeklong summer camp for kids entering grades 4-7, Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ Opera Explorers program offers its participants the chance to create their own production from the ground up. Led by Opera Theatre staff and music educators, campers become the writers, composers, designers, directors and stars. The program culminates with the premiere of their original show. By Daniel Durchholz


Amos Lee, Neal Francis

When 7:30 p.m. June 14 • Where The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard • How much $50-$59.50 • More info

Singer-songwriter Amos Lee is on the road with his “Dreamland” album. The project includes “See the Light,” which deals with his struggles with isolation and panic attacks, and “Worry No More.” By Kevin C. Johnson

Flogging Molly, the Interrupters, Tiger Army, the Skints

When 6:30 p.m. June 14 • Where St. Louis Music Park, Maryland Heights • How much $22-$64 • More info

Rock bands Flogging Molly and the Interrupters have joined forces for a co-headlining tour. “We’re really looking forward to seeing everyone and having a great time together,” Flogging Molly singer-guitarist Dave King said in a statement. “Let’s have some fun in the sun.” By Kevin C. Johnson


Michael Loynd, Jackie Joyner-Kersee

When 7 p.m. June 15 • Where JCC, 2 Millstone Campus Drive • How much Free • More info;

While the St. Louis County Library’s old headquarters is being turned into a new library branch, many of its author events will be held in collaboration with the Jewish Community Center. This one features St. Louis author Michael Loynd (“The Watermen”) talking to Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee about the first U.S. swimmer to win a gold medal, the obstacles he overcame and how he inspired Americans to learn to swim. Charles Daniels held his own not only in the 1904 St. Louis Olympics but also against more experienced swimmers in the 1908 competition in London. By Jane Henderson

Dave Grelle's Playadors at City Foundry STL

Anita Jackson performs May 28, 2021, with Dave Grelle's Playadors at City Foundry STL.

Anita Jackson

When 7:30 p.m. June 15-16 • Where Ferring Jazz Bistro, 3536 Washington Boulevard • How much Sold out • More info

On the heels of Ledisi’s tribute to soul goddess Nina Simone, performed last weekend with the SLSO, comes St. Louis’ own gem Anita Jackson for her own spin on Simone. Both shows are already sold out. By Kevin C. Johnson


Billy Strings

When 8:30 p.m. June 16 • Where St. Louis Music Park, 750 Casino Center Drive, Maryland Heights • How much $39.50-$89.50 • More info

Tickets for bluegrass sensation Billy Strings’ show at St. Louis Music Park moved quickly, and we’ll soon learn what all the fuss is about. “Renewal,” his fifth album, hit the top of Billboard’s bluegrass chart. By Kevin C. Johnson


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