Five Summer Concert Series with Neighborhood Pride

 In Culture, Guide

During the summer months, it’s common to hear live music lilting through the city streets. Follow that sound and you’re bound to stumble upon one of St. Louis’ neighborhood concert series.

Designed to draw communities together, these concerts celebrate the area’s musical past and present, showcasing local favorites and rising stars in genres from jazz to pop.

There are five summer concert series with personalities that fit particularly well with the neighborhoods they call home. So pack up the cooler, grab a chair and spend the day or night among great music and good company.

Photo courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Whitaker Music Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden
In keeping with Shaw’s eclectic community spirit, Whitaker Music Festival brings people together in a blooming setting. With a lineup covering everything from jazz and blues to ska and synth-pop, this series attracts a range of music-lovers from the area. Admission is free and picnicking is encouraged.

When: Wednesdays beginning at 7 p.m. through July 31
Where: The Missouri Botanical Garden

Wednesday Lunch Series in Downtown’s Citygarden
A music series catering to Downtown workers, these lunch-hour concerts primarily feature high-energy bands that aim to lure employees out of their cubicles and into the sunshine for a much-needed break. Earlier this month, to celebrate its 10-year anniversary, Citygarden unveiled three new sculptures. One of these Wednesday concerts is the perfect opportunity to scope out the whimsical artwork, breathe fresh air and bop to funk, reggae, jazz and country.

When: Wednesdays from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. through Aug. 28
Where: Citygarden in Downtown St. Louis

Whitaker Urban Evening Concert Series in North St. Louis
Presented by nonprofit Grace Hill and Affinia Healthcare, this North St. Louis summer staple aims to revitalize and enrich the local community. Catchy tunes, food trucks, health screenings, kids’ crafts and face painting draw families to St. Louis Place Park in Old North for the free Thursday evening concerts, which shine a spotlight on black musicians with local roots.

When: Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. through July 18 (except July 4)
Where: St. Louis Place Park at Rauschenbach and St. Louis Ave.

Photo courtesy of Grace Hill.

Faust Park Summer Concert Series in Chesterfield
For more than 30 years, this free concert series has turned quaint Faust Park into a bonafide carnival. A popular outing for families with young kids, the West County gem boasts a kid’s zone, featuring the Bubble Bus, a rock climbing wall, laser tag, face painting and balloon twisting. Musical acts keep it family-friendly, too, and harmonize well with the neighborhood’s easygoing vibe. The lineup includes a Beatles cover band and soft rock.

When: Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m. through Aug. 13
Where: Faust Park

Carondelet Concerts in the Park in South City
This South City concert series celebrates Carondelet and the surrounding neighborhoods with a busy lineup hosted in three different parks: Carondelet Park, St. Louis Square Park and Fanetti Plaza. The 26-show series has an Americana flavor and offers everything from an Elvis cover band to classic country music—Fanetti Plaza concerts, specifically, are geared toward fans of bluegrass.

When: Through Aug. 18
Where: Carondelet Park, St. Louis Square Park and Fanetti Plaza

Featured image courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

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