STL Now: Loufest Returns
The indie music fest is back for a second year, armed with a knockout line-up.
Slap on some sunscreen and lace up your dancing shoes, St. Louis, because it’s LouFest time. This two-day indie music festival sets up camp in Forest Park Aug. 27-28 with 10 straight hours a day of great music and plenty of that festival spirit.
The Music The line up this year is a fantastic mix of big names like The Roots, TV on the Radio and Cat Power, in addition to lesser-known gems like The Hold Steady, !!! and The Low Anthem. Don’t show up late, or you might miss out on great local acts like Troubadour Dali and Jumbling Towers.
For The Kids Kids ages 10 and under get into LouFest free (with a ticketed adult), so they won’t be left out of the fun. Area K is a special area of the festival set aside just for kids with a rock climbing wall, snacks and family activities like crafts with The Magic House and jam sessions with Fazio’s Rock Academy. Don’t miss the Area K Stage, featuring winners of the High School Battle of the Bands competition and perhaps a few surprise guests as well.
Festival Fare You can’t bring in outside food and drinks, but don’t worry—the festival food court, dubbed The Nosh Pit, isn’t filled with your typical overpriced corn dogs and funnel cakes. Instead, it features great local food vendors, including Pappy’s Smokehouse, Herbie’s, the Pi Pizza food truck, Entre: Underground and many more. There are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options as well, so there’s no need to smuggle in granola bars and trail mix for sustenance. If beer is your beverage of choice, be sure to spend some time at the Schlafly beer garden and enjoy some local brews while taking a break from the sun.
Blog, Tweet, Charge For the tech-savvy music geeks intent on live blogging and tweeting their way through the festival, the Social Media Zone will be invaluable. Charge up your mobile devices and take advantage of wireless internet and computer stations to post that blog or upload some festival photos. If you see our ALIVE Around Town bloggers there, be sure to say hello!
Keepin’ It Green It takes a whole lot of energy to put on a music festival, so the organizers and vendors of LouFest do their best to offset the event’s carbon footprint with green practices like composting and recycling programs. Do your part by carpooling, biking or taking public transit to Forest Park on festival day. Trailnet will be out front offering free valet bike parking, and Metro will have extended service on the Forest Park Trolley that drops you right at the festival entrance. Be sure to check out the EcoZone, where you can meet and learn about local organizations devoted to conservation, clean energy and recycling.
What To Bring
1) It’s important to stay hydrated, so bring a water bottle—either an empty reusable one (just no glass) or a sealed plastic one (up to one liter). There will be plenty of free refilling stations.
2) Whether it’s a folding chair or a blanket, you’ll need somewhere to park it between shows, or as you enjoy the music.
3) Bring your camera. Disposable, film or point-and-shoot cameras are fine, but leave the fancy stuff at home—anything with a detachable lens is considered too “professional” and won’t be allowed in.
4) Don’t forget your ID, especially if you want to cool off with some adult beverages at the beer garden.
Noon– Jon Hardy & the Public
1pm– Troubadour Dali
2– Sleepy Sun
3– Kings Go Forth
5– Surfer Blood
6– The Hold Steady
8:30– The Roots
Noon– Old Lights
1pm– Jumbling Towers
3– Lost in the Trees
4– The Low Anthem
5– Das Racist
7– Cat Power
8:30– TV on the Radio
For tickets and more info, visit LouFest.com. A two-day pass for the whole weekend is $64, or you can choose Saturday or Sunday only for $38.
Zooey Deschanel at LouFest 2010
Photo credit: Photos by Derek Feldman