15 Concerts or Music Fests to Check Out this September

By Katie Davis
In Culture

Concerts are popping up all across St. Louis this month. From rock concerts to music festivals, pop shows, indie performances and more, there is no lack of options.

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Zac Brown Band. Photo courtesy of LiveNation.

Austin Mahone and Fifth Harmony
Sept. 5, The Fox
Seventeen-year-old pop singer-songwriter Austin Mahone has only grown in popularity since earning multiple awards earlier this year and releasing his hit single “Mmm Yeah” with Pitbull. Hailing from San Antonio, Texas, Mahone is known for showing off his piano and guitar skills while performing on stage. Arrive early to see the opening acts, including a performance by the all-female R&B-pop group Fifth Harmony.

LouFest
Sept. 6-7, Central Field in Forest Park
The annual Forest Park-based music festival has bigger acts than ever before featuring the headlining duo Outkast as well as shows by the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Cake, Grouplove, Matt & Kim, The 1975, Portugal. The Man and more. Besides music, fest-goers can check out delicious food options, cool vendors and even activities for kids. 

Zac Brown Band
Sept. 12, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
On The Great American Roadtrip Tour, Southern country-rock group Zac Brown Band plays hard and showcases some of its best new work. Fans should expect to hear favorite tunes like “Chicken Fried” but also work from the band’s upcoming albums and music from 2012’s “Uncaged.”

Pokey LaFarge’s Central Time Tour
Sept. 12, Old Rock House
Favorite St. Louis-based American roots-rock band Pokey LaFarge has had quite an exciting recent history with a signing to Jack White’s record label, Third Man Records, and all kinds of music tours. Hosted by founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Don Flemons, the evening features new music and old in a mood-setting venue at Old Rock House.

Eric Church
Sept. 13, Scottrade Center
Known for hits like “Two Pink Lines,” “How ‘Bout You” and “Drink In My Hand,” country singer-songwriter Eric Church has continued to grow his fan base since releasing his 2006 debut album, “Sinners Like Me.” Now, the North Carolina-based musician travels around and stops in St. Louis on The Outsiders World Tour 2014.

Die Antwoord
Sept. 13, The Pageant
An alternative hip-hop and rave duo hailing from South Africa, Die Antwoord is anything but typical. They perform over-the-top and highly imaginative shows with light displays, lots of energy and plenty of sound mixing. Expect to hear recent songs like “Pitbull Terrier.”

Iron & Wine
Sept. 17, The Pageant
Indie rock singer-songwriter Samuel Beam, also known as Iron & Wine, has been making music and performing for many years now. Known for his whimsical and thoughtful lyrics as well as signature soft-folk sounds, Iron & Wine will likely perform from his most recent albums including “Ghost on Ghost” and “Kiss Each Other Clean.”

A Day to Remember
Sept. 17, Chaifetz Arena
On the Parks & Devastation tour, pop-esque punk group A Day to Remember performs from a wide variety of the group’s albums including early ones like “For Those Who Have a Heart” as well as from 2013’s successful album, “Common Courtesy.”

Spoon
Sept. 20, The Pageant
Performing from the band’s most recent album, 2014’s “They Want My Soul,” alternative blues-rock band Spoon has been performing great music since the group joined in Austin in the ’90s. In addition to music from the new album, expect to hear some classic Spoon hits like “I Turn My Camera On.”

Jordan Knight and Nick Carter
Sept. 21, The Pageant
On their “Nick and Knight Tour,” dance-pop singer-songwriter Jordan Knight from New Kids on the Block and singer-performer Nick Carter from the famous Backstreet Boys join forces for a one-of-a-kind show. Prepare for bright lights, big dance moves, smooth vocals and an extremely excited crowd.

The Point Big Summer Show
Sept. 21, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Don’t miss out on this year’s Big Summer Show, hosted by 105.7 The Point. Complete with headliner band Bastille and featuring other performing bands like J. Roddy Walston & The Business, Switchfoot and more, this is one music event that represents a wide variety of alternative rock.

Rise Against
Sept. 23, The Pageant
Hardcore punk-rock band Rise Against has been wowing fans since the late ’90s when the group formed and started performing. Popularity among hard-rock fans only grew when 2001’s “The Unraveling” debuted and the band was heard by a larger audience. Rise Against should play plenty of tunes from its latest album, “The Black Market.”

Chrisette Michele
Sept. 25, The Pageant
Grammy Award-winning R&B and soul singer-songwriter Chrisette Michele is widely known for hits like “Be OK,” “Aston Martin Music” and “I’m a Star.” Don’t miss this performance as Michele shows off her wide-ranging, extremely talented vocals and smooth musical style.

St. Louis Folk and Roots Festival
Sept. 26-28, Multiple Venues in Grand Center
Hosted by KDHX, the St. Louis Folks and Roots Festival features a great lineup of folk, Americana, roots and mountain-rock genres. Travel around different Grand Center venues and experience artists like Sarah Jarosz, the 23 String Band, the Foghorn Stringband and more. 

Limp Bizkit
Sept. 30, The Pageant
American nu metal-rap band Limp Bizkit has been churning out unique music for decades now. Ahead of the much-anticipated album set to be released in 2015, “Stampede of the Disco Elephants,” Limp Bizkit won’t disappoint as the group performs hits like “Ready to Go,” “Break Stuff” and “My Generation.”

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