The St. Louis region is overflowing this summer with not just concerts but also music festivals and series. And the best part: So much of it is free. Here’s a sampling of what’s playing.
An Under Cover Weekend 11
One of St. Louis’ most coveted annual music events allows area bands to assume the persona of a national band. Shows are at 7:45 p.m.
Where Delmar Hall, 6133 Delmar Boulevard • How much $12-$15; three-day pass is $30 • More info delmarhall.com
Aug. 24 • The 1980s
Aug. 25 • The 1990s
Aug. 26 • The 2000s
Atomic Blues Fest
The blues unfolds in the Grove neighborhood with Renee Smith, Jeremiah Johnson, Gene Jackson, Paul Bonn & the Bluesmen, Melissa Neels and the St. Louis School of Rock.
When 3 p.m. June 11 • Where Atomic Cowboy, 4140 Manchester Avenue • How much $10 (fundraiser for St. Louis Blues Society’s Education Fund) • More info stlouisbluessociety.org
Big Muddy Blues Festival
Various types of blues music is showcased across several stages in this long-running event, which has tapped into an all-local lineup of more than 50 acts. (The lineup was unavailable at press time; check stltoday.com/blender for updates.)
When Sept. 1-3 • Where Laclede’s Landing • How much $10 • More info bigmuddybluesfestival.com
Bluebird Park Summer Concert Series
Concerts kick off June 8 with the Jeremiah Johnson Band and run through Aug. 3 with Grand Allusion in Bluebird Park in Ellisville. Shows are at 7 p.m.
Where Bluebird Park, 225 Kiefer Park Road, Ellsville • How much Free • More info ellisville.mo.us
June 8 • Jeremiah Johnson Band
June 15 • Butch Wax & the Hollywoods
June 22 • Whiskey Dixon
June 29 • Gateway City Big Band
July 4 • Griffin and the Gargoyles
July 13 • 4th Street Band
July 27 • Dirty Muggs
Aug. 3 • Grand Illusion
Blues at the Arch
The CityArchRiver Foundation and National Blues Museum once again present Blues at the Arch, which brings music to a newly renovated section of the Gateway Arch grounds. Concerts are at 6 p.m.
Where North Gateway end of the park near Laclede’s Landing • How much Free • More info bluesatthearch.com
Aug. 4 • Big George Brock, Lil Ray Neal
Aug. 11 • Carolyn Mason, Mickey Rodgers, David Dee
Aug. 18 • Green McDonough Band, Joe Metzka, Mark “Muleman” Massey
Aug. 25 • Marquise Knox, Dexter Allen
The ’Burbs Music and Arts Festival
Chesterfield Amphitheater presents this new festival that mixes music and art. National and local acts and DJs will perform on three stages. The festival kicks off Aug. 4 with a ’Burbs Sip & See VIP Preview, presented by Go! Magazine. (The lineup was unavailable at press time; get updates at stltoday.com/blender.)
When 3 p.m. Aug. 5 • Where Chesterfield Amphitheater, 631 Veterans Place Drive, Chesterfield • How much $20 • More info chesterfieldamphitheater.com
Caribbean Jerk Festival
The first installment of this festival features performances by Irie Trinity, Indika, Dubtronix, Arrow Pachie, King Z and Flirt and No I.D.
When June 24 • Where Centreville Park, 5800 Bond Avenue, Centreville • How much $15-$20 • More info 314-643-6542
Carondelet Concert Series
The annual concert series takes place in parks throughout the Carondelet neighborhood. Lineup to be announced.
Where South St. Louis Square Park, South Broadway and Courtois Street; Bellerive Park, 5570 South Broadway; and Fanetti Park, Ivory Avenue and Schirmer Street • How much Free • More info carondeletliving.com
Chesterfield Wine & Jazz Festival
The Wooten Brothers, Tracy Silverman, Bach to the Future, Anita Jackson, Soul Cafe and Kim Fuller are on board for this festival that mixes contemporary, straight-ahead and fusion jazz with, of course, wine.
When 3 p.m. June 24 • Where Chesterfield Amphitheater, 631 Veterans Place Drive, Chesterfield • How much $20 • More info chesterfieldjazzfestival.com
District Rhythm Concert Series
Old-school R&B sounds take to the outdoor stage at Ballpark Village in this returning series. Concerts are at 8 p.m.
Where Ballpark Village, 601 Clark Avenue • How much $20-$35 • More info stlballparkvillage.com
May 26 • Morris Day and the Time
July 21 • Jon B and Silk
Sept. 1 • Johnny Gill
Downtown Kirkwood Summer Concert Series
Concerts are 6:30-9 p.m. Thursdays. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.
Where Kirkwood Station Plaza, 141 East Madison Avenue, Kirkwood • How much Free • More info downtownkirkwood.com
June 1 • The Verge
June 8 • Maple Jam Band
June 15 • Rhythm Rockers
June 22 • Powerplay
June 29 • Rosewood
Fair St. Louis
Akon, 3 Doors Down and Jake Owen are some of the names on tap as Fair St. Louis returns to Forest Park. Find more information on Page 8.
Where Art Hill, 35-43 Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park • How much Free • More info fairsaintlouis.org
July 1 • VP Parade, downtown
July 2 • Akon, SuperDuperKyle, Dirty Muggs
July 3 • 3 Doors Down, Sister Hazel, Eve 6
July 4 • Jake Owen, Dan + Shay, Matt Stillwell, Ben Morgan
Faust Summer Concert Series
Free concerts take place at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Faust Park. Arrive at 5:30 for the food trucks.
Where Faust Park Amphitheater, 15185 Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield • How much Free • More info chesterfieldmochamber.com
June 6 • Bob Kuban Band
June 13 • Fanfare
June 20 • Trilogy
July 11 • Abbey Road Warriors
July 18 • Volcanic Ash
July 25 • Radiogram
Aug. 1 • Butch Wax and the Hollywoods
Aug. 8 • The Scott Laytham and Karl Holmes Duo
Aug. 15 • Billy Peek
Ferguson Citywalk Concert Series
Free concerts in the heart of Ferguson take place at 7 p.m. through September.
Where Plaza 501, South Florissant Road, Ferguson • How much Free • More info fergusoncitywalk.com
June 9 • Casanova Quartet
June 23 • Rhoda G
July 14 • Erin Bode
July 28 • Yard Squad
Aug. 11 • Vicky Michaels & the Edicks Way Band
Aug. 25 • Fanfare
Sept. 8 • Pat Liston
Sept. 22 • StreetFest
Gateway Jazz Festival
This new festival brings Najee, Maysa, Nic Colioinne, Pieces of a Dream, Chieli Minucci, Brian Simpson, Steve Oliver, Julian Vaughn, Steve Cole, Chris Strandring and more to Chesterfield Amphitheater.
When 2 p.m. July 29 • Where Chesterfield Amphitheater, 631 Veterans Place Drive, Chesterfield • How much $65; VIP available • More info chesterfieldamphitheater.com
Hard Rock Cafe Summer Acoustic Music Series
Enjoy acoustic music on the restaurant’s patio May 24, May 31, June 7, June 14, June 21, June 28, July 5, July 12, July 19, July 26, Aug. 2, Aug. 9, Aug. 16, Aug. 23, Aug. 30, Sept. 6, Sept. 13, Sept. 20 and Sept. 27. Concerts are at 6 p.m.
Where Hard Rock Cafe, Union Station, 1820 Market Street • How much Free • More info hardrock.com/stlouis
Heritage and Freedom Fest
The July Fourth celebration in O’Fallon, Mo., includes fireworks, carnival rides, family-friendly activities and concerts.
When 2 p.m. July 2-3, noon July 4 • Where Ozzie Smith Sports Complex, 900 TR Hughes Boulevard, O’Fallon, Mo. • How much Free • More info freedomandheritagefest.com
July 3 • Eric Paslay, Whiskey Morning
July 4 • Creedence Clearwater Revisited, World Classic Rockers
Hot Summer Nights Cool Summer Sounds
Show up early to plant your blankets and lawn chairs for these 7 p.m. shows.
Where Des Peres Park, 12325 Manchester Road • How much Free • More info desperesmo.org
June 9 • Contagious
July 14 • Spectrum
Aug. 11 • Mirage
Jazz St. Louis Summer Series
St. Louis’ premier jazz spot keeps the music flowing through the summer. Shows are at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.
Where Ferring Jazz Bistro, 3536 Washington Boulevard • More info jazzstl.org
7:30 p.m. June 16 • Route 66 Jazz Orchestra ($15)
May 24-27 • Christian McBride’s New Jawn Quartet ($25)
June 2-3 • JazzU with special guest Antonio Hart ($6.50)
June 9-10 • Father’s Day with Adaron “Pops” Jackson, Eric Slaughter, Ben Reece, Montez Coleman ($21.50)
7:30 p.m. June 14 • Fourth Annual Richard McDonnell Scholarship Concert (details to come)
June 16 • Farshid Etniko Soltanshahi ($21.50)
June 17 • Jesse Gannon & the Truth ($21.50)
June 23-24 • Lamar Harris: Ballad of Atlantis, the Music of the Isley Brothers ($21.50)
June 30-July 1 • Anita Jackson ($21.50)
July 7-July 8 • Good for the Soul: The Music of Prince ($21.50)
July 14-15 • Erika Johnson ($21.50)
July 21-22 • Montez Coleman Group ($21.50)
July 28-29 • Emily Wallace with the Funky Butt Horns ($21.50)
Aug. 4-5 • The People’s Key ($21.50)
Jungle Boogie Friday Night Concert Series
Enjoy a weekly array of local talent within the confines of the St. Louis Zoo. Concerts kick off at 5 p.m.
Where Schnuck Family Plaza at the St. Louis Zoo, 1 Government Drive, Forest Park • How much Free with zoo admission • More info stlzoo.org
May 26 • Retro Boogie
June 2 • The Lone Rangers
June 9 • Butch Wax and the Hollywoods
June 23 • Push the Limit
June 30 • Ticket to the Beatles
July 7 • Funky Butt Brass Band
July 14 • Three Pedros
July 21 • Duhart
July 28 • Midnight Piano Band
Aug. 4 • The Throwbacks
Aug. 11 • Zydeco Crawdaddies
Aug. 18 • The Mighty Pines
Aug. 25 • Miss Jubilee
Sept. 1 • Soulard Blues Band
St. Louis’ top music festival returns for another weekend in Forest Park, and if it’s anything like past years, records will once again be broken. Headliners include Weezer, Cage the Elephant and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, along with Huey Lewis and the News, Marian Hill, Lizzo, Lecrae, and Robert Randolph and the Family Band. (Read more at stltoday.com/blender.)
When Sept. 9-10 • Where Forest Park • How much $95 general admission, $350 VIP, $750 “platinum tickets” • More info loufest.com
Mississippi Nights Music Festival
This inaugural festival on Laclede’s Landing looks to re-create the spirit of the long-gone concert club Mississippi Nights. Performing are the Steve Ewing Band, Bruiser Queen, Jeremiah Johnson, Old Capital, Jake’s Leg, Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers, Karate Bikini, NIL8, Dibiase, the Bob Band, Pik N Lik N, Bottoms Up Blues Gang, Ultraman, Brother Jefferson, Trophy Mules and others.
When 3 p.m. May 27 (festival kickoff is May 26 with three bands for free) • Where Laclede’s Landing (Second Street) with indoor stages at Morgan Street Brewery (721 North Second Street) and Big Daddy’s (118 Morgan Street) • How much $10 • More info lacledeslanding.com
Music on Main
Music takes place the third Wednesday of the month at 5 p.m. Bring your own lawn chairs.
Where 100 North Main Street, St. Charles • How much Free • More info historicstcharles.com
June 21 • Tony Campanella Band
Aug. 16 • Delta Sol Revival
Sept. 20 • Butch Wax and the Hollywoods
Not So Quiet! Concert Series
Now in its 10th year, the Not So Quiet! Concert Series brings sweet sounds to one of the last places you’d expect: the public library.
Where Central Library Auditorium, 1301 Olive Street • How much Free • More info slpl.org
7 p.m. June 15 • Soul Reunion
7 p.m. July 20 • Funky Butt Brass Band
7 p.m. Aug. 17 • Rear View Mirror: A Tribute to Pearl Jam
Open Highway Music Festival
Off Broadway’s homegrown music festival continues with diverse sounds on tap.
Where Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue • How much Prices vary • More info etix.com
8 p.m. Aug. 3 • Diarrhea Planet ($15)
8 p.m. Aug. 4 • JD McPherson, Patrick Sweany ($22-$35)
3 p.m. Aug. 5 • Foxygen, Twin Peaks, Sleepy Kitty ($20-$23)
Parties in the Park
Parties in Park, Clayton’s largest after-work happy hour, celebrates 35 years of shows, taking place at 5 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month.
Where Central Avenue in downtown Clayton • How much Free • More info partiesinthepark.org
June 14 • Griffin and the Gargoyles
July 12 • My Friend Mike
Aug. 9 • Midnight Piano Band
Sept. 13 • Three Pedros
105.7 the Point’s enduring festival now takes place three times a season with the addition of the Wayback Pointfest event. (Earlier shows were May 13 and May 20.)
Where Hollywood Casino Amphitheater, 14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights • More info livenation.com
Sept. 10 • Sublime with Rome, the Offspring, the Urge, Goldfinger and Reel Big Fish ($25-$89.95)
Alisan Porter, Laura Bell Bundy, Jessica Sanchez, Blu Cantrell, Runaground and Brandon Stansell are among the acts performing at PrideFest.
When June 23-25 • Where Soldiers Memorial, 1315 Chestnut Street • How much Free • More info pridestl.org
The four-day celebration includes a parade, live music, a carnival, fireworks and more.
When 5 p.m. July 1, noon July 2-3, 10 a.m. July 4 • Where Frontier Park, 500 South Riverdale Drive, St. Charles • More info historicstcharles.com
Sounds of Summer Concert Series
The lineup consists mostly of tribute bands, including Rattle and Hum and King of Pain, whose names speak for themselves. Shows are at 7:30 p.m.
Where Chesterfield Amphitheater, 631 Veterans Place Drive, Chesterfield • How much Free • More info chesterfieldamphitheater.com
June 3 • Rattle and Hum: A Tribute to U2
June 17 • King of Pain: A Tribute to the Police
July 8 • Rockin’ Chair: Homage to ’70s Supergroups
July 22 • Summer Breeze: Tribute to Yacht Rock
Aug. 12 • Ray Scott
Aug. 26 • Revelation: Tribute to Journey
StreetsFest Beale Street Concert Series
This monthly concert series, taking place the second Wednesday of each month, brings varied sounds to the streets of St. Charles. Concerts are at 6 p.m.
Where Beale Street between Nichols and Lombard, St. Charles • How much Free • More info streetsofstcharles.com
June 14 • Superjam
July 12 • Rough Riders
Aug. 9 • Marquis Knox
Sept. 13 • Trixie Delight
The long-running Twangfest remains an anticipated event for fans of Americana, alt-country and its flavorful ilk. Shows are at 8 p.m.
Where Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue • How much $22-$28, three-day tickets available • More info twangfest.com
June 7 • Black Joe Lewis, Alanna Royale, Gene Jackson ($25-$28)
June 8 • Erika Wennerstrom, John Henry ($22-$25)
June 9 • Robbie Fulks, Parker Milsap, Cave States ($22-$25)
The front lawn of the Missouri History Museum is the perfect setting for this popular warm-weather music series. Concerts are at 6 p.m.
Where Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Boulevard, Forest Park • How much Free • More info mohistory.org/twilight-tuesdays
May 23 • LLC
May 30 • Jake’s Leg
June 6 • A Musical Revolution: Tribute to Prince featuring Karl Holmes and the All-Star Band
University City Jazz Festival
Heman Park is the setting for this jazz festival headlined by the Damarius Hicks Quartet.
When June 10 • Where Heman Park, 1028 Midland Boulevard • How much Free • More info ucityjazzfestival.com
2 p.m. • STL Avant Garde Ensemble featuring Maurice Carnes
3:30 p.m. • Dave Black
5 p.m. • Tracer featuring Ptah Williams, Darrell Mixon and Gary Sykes
6:30 p.m. • Bach to the Future featuring Tracy Silverman
8 p.m. • Demarius Hicks Quartet
Whitaker Music Festival
The Missouri Botanical Garden is the picturesque setting for these outdoor concerts for the 24th year. Shows are at 7:30 p.m.
Where Missouri Botanical Garden, Cohen Amphitheater, 4434 Shaw Boulevard • How much Free • More info mobot.org/events/whitaker
May 31 • Roland Johnson and Soul Endeavor
June 7 • Jack Grelle
June 14 • The Gaslight Squares
June 21 • Hazard to Ya Booty
June 28 • Big Mike Aguirre and the Blu City All Stars
July 5 • Beth Bombara
July 12 • Ptah Williams
July 19 • TBA
July 26 • The Mighty Pines
Aug. 2 • The Brothers Lazaroff
Willie Akins Jazz Festival
This inaugural event takes place at 4 p.m. May 28 and goes into the evening with a jam session at the Dark Room. Performing are Freddie Washington, Paul DeMarinis, Ptah Williams, the Bosman Twins, Montez Coleman, Willem von Hombracht, Kyle Honeycutt, Brianna Brown, Tom Byrne, Ben Wheeler, Dave Black, Eric Slaughter, Pauline Stark, Kendrick Smith, Daniel Campbell, Steve Davis, Erika Johnson, Jeff Anderson, Curt Landes, Randy Holmes, Reggie Thomas, Mardra Thomas, Jeanne Trevor, Wendy Gordon, Joe Mancuso and more. Sandra Akins (Akins’ widow) will perform some of her poetry.
Where Grandel Theatre, 3610 Grandel Square • How much Free (donations accepted to benefit the Willie Akins Scholarship at Webster University) • More info mancusojazz.com