Community: Hail the Rockets’ Red Glare

By Jorie Jacobi
In Culture, Guide

The Fair Saint Louis weekend extravaganza of concerts, entertainment and free events brings the city comes alive, with throngs of St. Louisans flooding Downtown and the riverfront. July 4 kicks off with the 135th Annual Veiled Prophet Parade, followed by an air show, two morning runs sponsored by the St. Louis Sports Commission and a concert by Heart on the Budweiser Main Stage under the Arch. It’s all topped off, of course, with a spectacular fireworks show. Music carries the celebration on into the weekend with Third Eye Blind performing on Friday and Dierks Bentley on Saturday, each followed by more fireworks. Then, the party continues with the Celebrate St. Louis Summer Concerts Series at Soldiers’ Memorial for the next two weekends. The best part? It’s all free.
More info at fairsaintlouis.org.

Fair Saint Louis Concerts

Heart, July 4, 8pm
The legendary ’70s girl-rock duo rocks the Gateway Arch, featuring sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson. Catch fan favorites like "Crazy On You" and "Barracuda," along with a number of fresh new tracks off of their latest studio album, "Red Velvet Car."

Third Eye Blind, July 6, 8pm
This popular ’90s alt-rock band surprised fans at last year’s Fair Saint Louis with an unannounced unplugged performance, and it returns this year for the real thing. Rock out and sing along with classic hits like "Semi-Charmed Life" and "Jumper," as well as newer tracks from 2009’s "Ursa Major."

Dierks Bentley, July 7, 8pm
Belt out country rock with one of the biggest up-and-coming names in country music. Witness Dierks Bentley’s undeniable talent first-hand as he performs tracks from his latest hit album, "HOME ."

Celebrate St. Louis Summer Concerts

Neon Trees, July 13, 9pm Melodic and hard-hitting, Neon Trees brings its unique brand of post-punk soul-pop.

Michael Franti & Spearhead, July 14, 9pm
A real treat for concert-goers, the band’s new album, "The Sound of Sunshine," gives listeners hope in a turbulent world.

The Offspring, July 20, 9pm
This punk-rock band rocks the stage in the wake of its latest album, including the hit "Days Go By."

Nelly, July 21, 8pm
St. Louis’ favorite hometown hip-hop artist makes his first appearance at Fair St. Louis. Nelly will also give local unsigned bands the chance to perform on the Budweiser Main Stage and receive 10 hours of recording time at the new Ex’treme Institute by Nelly.

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