Sounds of Summer: The City of Clayton Hosts Its Annual Music & Wine Festival
St. Louis summers are synonymous with fun (and often free) events—including the Clayton Music & Wine Festival on June 8. Sip wine and sample dishes provided by local vendors while musical acts put on a show, keeping attendees in good spirits throughout the evening.
The lineup begins with the Usual Suspects, who pride themselves on their reinterpretation of “songs you thought you knew.” Since 2000, the band has been performing the eclectic mix of music genres that influences its individual members, and some of their covers include Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon,” The Police’s “Message in a Bottle,” “You Know I’m No Good” by Amy Winehouse and “Put Your Records On” by Corinne Bailey Rae.
To keep people up and moving, Midnight Piano Band take the stage next. They love playing piano rock hits from the ’70s and ’80s by artists such as Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Paul McCartney, with a little Lady Gaga, Frankie Valli, R. Kelly, Garth Brooks and more thrown in. In the Midnight Piano Band, there are no laptops, backing tracks, tricks or gimmicks: “What you see is what you hear, and what you hear is awesome.”
The night closes with headliner Kim Massie—back by popular demand. Known as the “St. Louis Diva,” Massie is one of the most recognizable vocalists in the Heartland; she considers herself “a songstress, an entertainer.” Her ability to sing not only blues and gospel but rock, pop, country and R&B has earned her two Best Female Vocalist of the Year awards from the Riverfront Times.
You’ll have to groove to the beat without spilling your drink, however: With four regional wineries and vineyards participating, you won’t be able to stop at just one. Augusta and Montelle Wineries, Balducci Vineyards, Edg-Clif Vineyard and Noboleis Vineyards will keep your glass full while Clayton restaurants such as Herbie’s, Kingside Diner, 801 Chophouse, 801 Fish and Clementine’s Creamery serve up some tasty treats.
Enhance your evening with the VIP Experience Package (new for 2019!). VIP tickets are $65 and include access to the VIP section, a branded wine glass with five free wine-sample vouchers, a charcuterie assortment for your table provided by Straub’s and more. There are only 50 VIP tickets available, so get them while you still can.
The Clayton Music & Wine Festival 2019 is June 8 from 5-10 p.m. on Carondelet Plaza in downtown Clayton. For more information, visit the event website.
Images courtesy of the Clayton Music & Wine Festival.
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