3 LouFest Bands You Should Know About
On Sept. 6 and 7, LouFest Music Festival descended on Central Field in Forest Park for two days of concerts, shopping, food, dancing and debauchery. We were on the scene with cameras in hand and experienced an impressive lineup of bands playing a wide array of genres. Headliners Arctic Monkeys and Outkast impressed as expected and we noted three other bands that we’re sure you’ll be adding to your next party playlist.
1/ Vintage Trouble
Rock and soul steamrollers Vintage Trouble lit up the Shade Stage on Sunday evening as one of the last acts to play before Outkast hit the stage. While Kim of Matt & Kim walked on the hands of fans across the field, Ty Taylor of VT belted out singles, “Nancy Lee,” “Low Down Dirty Dog” and “Pelvis Pusher.” Pairing James Brown dance moves with a Sam Cooke vocal range, Taylor captivated the crowd in a slim-cut, classic gray suit. Vintage Trouble plays soul music with a rock star edge and the band’s tight musicianship makes them seem like they’ve been together for decades, not just a mere four years.
2/ Moon Taxi
American band Moon Taxi hails from Nashville, Tennessee and bridges the gap between country-pop and indie-rock, playing electric sing-along music in a southern, rock ‘n’ roll-style. Playing in the middle of a hot day on an outdoor stage while two other bands hum in the background might be daunting for some, but Moon Taxi stole the show with its engaging, crowd-energizing performance and well-written, country-rock songs that only a band from Nashville can produce.
3/ Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
If you were anywhere in Forest Park last Sunday around 4:30pm, you probably heard Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. Blasting onto the stage horns-a-blazing, Shorty commanded the attention of Loufesters. The New Orleans native hard-edge funk band keeps you guessing with a mix of hip-hop, jazz and rock. The band’s energy is impressive and perfectly complements the virtuosity of trumpet and trombone wielding front-man Troy Andrews.
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Photos by Rachel Brandt.