Written by Kristen Davis. Media by Madison Moran.
As the semester draws to an end, students begin to plan their summer adventures. Some people travel abroad and others will begin their jobs in the work force. However, many people use this opportunity to attend concerts and music festivals. The music festival St. Louis is known for is LouFest. LouFest is held on Central Field in Forest Park, the most well known park in St. Louis. The event features local, regional, and nationally known bands. The genres of music vary anywhere from indie, funk, soul or rock. LouFest fans are anxiously waiting for the 2015 lineup to be announced.
As for the rest of St. Louis, the list of concert options for the summer has become so long that it’s almost overwhelming. There is music varying from country to reggae and nobody cares! Summer is a time of trying new things and making memories. All people care about is being with friends and using the money they make from their minimum wage job to see as many concerts in as short of time as they can. These concerts begin as soon as April 20th. On this day, St. Louis’ Peabody Opera House will host Sufjan Stevens, a Christian artist who has a chill, acoustic style of music. As we enter into May, Kenny Chesney kicks off summer country concerts at the Scottrade Center on May 6th. Ed Sheeran on May 10th will begin a long tour of alternative concerts for the summer. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre will be hosting several country concerts on various days throughout the summer as well. These bands include Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, Luke Bryan, Hunter Hayes, Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, and Florida Georgia Line. Last but not least, St. Louis has decided to bring the legendary Shania Twain on August 4th to give us one last concert, because as we draw near to the new school year, it’s good to remember “we can only go up from here.” For more information regarding ticket information for these concerts, visit http://www.loufest.com/tickets/, http://www.megaticket.com/venues/hollywood-casino-amphitheatre/, and stlouis.eventful.com.
While you wait for your tickets to arrive, I encourage you to explore the history of these bands–there are some pretty cool stories behind how they formed together and where they came from. One thing they all have in common is that they began their musical journeys in Nashville, TN. I don’t know about you, but I know of several students here at Greenville College who aspire to graduate, move to Nashville, and become famous musicians. Who knows, maybe someday we will be attending a summer concert hosted by members of Nighttime Safari or Nick Bifano and the Innocents.