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Mark your calendar for these summer music festivals

Mark your calendar for these summer music festivals


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

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

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 for updates.)

When Sept. 1-3 • Where Laclede’s Landing • How much $10 • More info

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

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

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

When 3 p.m. Aug. 5 • Where Chesterfield Amphitheater, 631 Veterans Place Drive, Chesterfield • How much $20 • More info

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When Sept. 9-10 • Where Forest Park • How much $95 general admission, $350 VIP, $750 “platinum tickets” • More info

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

June 14 • Superjam

July 12 • Rough Riders

Aug. 9 • Marquis Knox

Sept. 13 • Trixie Delight

Twangfest 21

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

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)

Twilight Tuesdays

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

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

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

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


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