LouFest is Finally Here

 In Culture, Feature

St. Louis first music festival kicks off August 28 in Forest Park.


As the summer draws to a close, St. Louis music fans finally get what they have always wantedLouFest, the city’s first music festival, which kicks off tomorrow, August 28 and wraps Sunday, August 29 in Forest Park.

Previously, festival enthusiasts had to travel every summer to Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza or Coachella for that one-of-a-kind festival experience: Thousands of people enjoying fantastic food and listening to favorite band after favorite band, all under the blistering sun. For music lovers, there’s nothing like a festival. It’s music in bulk, and we all know how much we Midwesterners love bulk purchases.

Which is why many have found it shocking that the closest music festival to St. Louis resides in Chicago. Now, thanks to Austin-native-turned-St.-Louis-resident, Brian Cohen, festival enthusiasts will only have to travel as far as Forest Park to see the 18-band, two-day lineup that is LouFest. With headliners like Broken Social Scene and She & Him, not to mention snagging Jeff Tweedy of Wilco as a non-headliner, the lineup is stellar for a mere $38 per day. Those whove spent hundreds of dollars in the past for three-day festivals know how good of a deal this is.

In addition to the lineup, each day will feature food from some of St. Louis’ most prized restaurants including Pi Pizzeria, Triumph Grill, El Borracho and The Drunken Fish. Tickets are still available, and a decent turnout this year will help ensure the event will happen next year.

Bottom line: If you’ve always wanted an event like this in St. Louis, you had better show up and support it!

Built to Spill will open on Saturday night for Broken Social Scene. After releasing their new album, “There is no Enemy,” last year, the band is enjoying the height of their fame. Having released seven full-length indie-rock albums since the early 90s, Built to Spill will get the crowd warmed up after a long day in the sun with a unique, guitar-heavy sound that is all their own.

Opening for Sunday’s headliners She & Him will be the ever-famous front man of Wilco and Belleville, Illinois native, Jeff Tweedy. Although he grew up in St. Louis, Tweedy’s appearances hereespecially soloare rare and thus unforgettable. Anyone who’s listened to alternative music in the last 10 years is bound to know that Wilco and Tweedy’s set will surely include plenty of Wilco hits, sewed in with a few lesser-known songs and hopefully a cover or two. A booking like Tweedy for the first year of LouFest will hopefully draw in the crowd all by itself.

Broken Social Scenes soft melodies and songs “Anthems of a Seventeen Year Old Girl” can cure moods that very few bands can. Hailing from Canada, Broken Social Scene uses softer backings with electronic elements to create a finished product similar to Soft Lights. Watching them finish out the first night in Forest Park will be interesting to say the least, but if they manage to draw a big enough crowd, their set should bring everyone together.

Most are more familiar with Zooey Deschanel than they are with the band she’s in, She & Him, but that fact is rapidly changing. Comprised of the famous actress and ber-talented producer M. Ward, She & Him is music for music loversupbeat, happy and instrumentally intriguing. An indie-folk band with guitar, piano, ukulele and Zooey’s vocals, She & Him performed at Bonnarroo, South by Southwest and Coachella this year after their second album, “Volume Two,” debuted in March. Quite fitting that their last summer music festival be St. Louis’ first.

For a full lineup of both days, visit loufest.com.


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846_391.jpgBroken Social Scene

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