Musical events to help clear up your post-LouFest blues
Now, all of the grass in the general vicinity of LouFest has been suitably trampled, students have successfully caught up on all the homework they put off and fabric wristbands everywhere, hanging by a thread, have finally fallen off—so you must be hankering for a new show to attend. You’ve just got to experience that feeling of being jostled around by sweaty people one more time. You’re dying to pay too much money for lukewarm food. Luckily for you, the St. Louis community hosts musical events every weekend—and not at LouFest prices.
Friday, Sept. 15:
Brentwood Days 2017
Friday: 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
Saturday: 12 p.m.-9 p.m.
9100 Russell Ave., St. Louis 63144
In the background of every Instagram picture from the last weekend, you may have noticed the infamous LouFest Ferris wheel. If you missed out on taking a ride, Brentwood Days might be for you. The first day offers free carnival rides all evening and a three-hour performance by something called “Vote 4 Pedro,” which I can only assume is associated with “Napoleon Dynamite” in some way. If one day wasn’t enough, on Saturday the rides open at 1 p.m., with a performance by Boogie Chyld starting at 6 p.m. To make things even easier for all you lazy college kids, you can park at or Uber to the Brentwood Recreation Complex or Brentwood City Hall. From there, you can take a free shuttle to the fairgrounds.
School of Rock End of Season Benefit Concert
Delmar Hall, 6133 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis 63112
Fans of Jack Black, rejoice! Two kids’ Schools of Rock (yes, those exist) are coming together for an end-of-season concert. It also offers a genre of music not generally heard at more modern festivals like LouFest: classic rock. The music featured centers around Led Zeppelin albums “I-IV” and “Queen.” While it’s a bit unconventional to head to a concert where all the band members are under age 15, it’s for a good cause! A portion of the proceeds will go to the St. Louis Area Foodbank, a worthy cause.
Great Forest Park Balloon Glow
Forest Park, 5595 Grand Dr., St. Louis 63110
For whatever reason, if your favorite part about LouFest is the overwhelmingly exciting experience of being in Forest Park (I’m assuming there’s maybe one of you. I don’t know your life), the Forest Park Balloon Glow offers that same experience…but with balloons! Vendors, concessions and food trucks line the driveway leading up to the Saint Louis Art Museum, and the balloons launch to begin their race (which happens on Saturday at noon) at the base of Art Hill.
Saturday, Sept. 16:
Synth FeSTL II: Synesthesia
The Heavy Anchor, 5226 Gravois Ave, St. Louis 63116
Featuring 10 bands and one visual artist, think of Synthesia as a mini LouFest—just with only one genre. The lineup is comprised of five local groups and five touring bands from exotic locales (think Michigan and Texas). To complete the experience, the event page asks attendees to wear black clothing and black lipstick. It’s not just a phase, mom.
Live Music in the Beer Garden: Aaron Kamm & the One Drops
Budweiser Brew House St. Louis, 601 Clark Ave, St. Louis 63102
If you’re attending the St. Louis Cardinals baseball game on Saturday, hang around for a couple more hours for the first show in the Beer Garden Concert Series. This free show is 21+ (as you may have guessed from the name), but it promises “easy listening and feel-good music” for those who are of age.
Hurricane Harvey Benefit Relief
The Sinkhole, 7423 S Broadway, St. Louis 63111
If you’re in the mood to listen to music AND give to charity, this show benefits those displaced by Hurricane Harvey. To raise money, the show features a raffle with prizes like a $200 tattoo, photography packages and custom screen-printed T-shirts. Additionally, six local bands will be playing on the Sinkhole stage, a venue in Carondelet right across the street from the Mississippi River.