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Last Week in Review — Unseasonably Cool Weather and Our Nation’s Birthday

by Romondo Davis
Fourth of July week was jam-packed with great outdoor entertainment. With most of the regularly scheduled summer concert series, plus the music presented in conjunction with Independence Day celebrations and Fair St. Louis, area free concert-goers had a larger number and wider variety of shows to enjoy.

Wednesday night Deb and I went to what I believe was the best-attended show of the Whitaker Music Festival. The bluegrass quintet, Old Salt Union, played mostly original music to a huge crowd on a very pleasant night at the Botanical Garden. On Saturday evening we joined members of the Benton Park community for two of the three bands that performed there. We were sorry to have missed the Funky Butt Brass Band, but were glad to hear the Ryan Spearman Band and One More Round.

Photos of the Free Concerts We Attended Last Week

Old Salt Union — Whitaker Music Festival on July 2
Ryan Spearman Band — Benton Park Summer Concert Series on July 5
One More Round — Benton Park Summer Concert Series on July 5

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Here’s what is happening this week on the Free Concert scene.

Note: Please check our calendar for the up-to-date listings.

Click the items below for times, locations, and more details.

Monday, July 7
Compton Heights Concert Band at Tower Grove Park
Lajit at Heman Park in University City
The Greers at Bellerive Park in South St. Louis

Tuesday, July 8
Dixie Dudes at Wadlow Statue in Alton, IL
University City Summer Band at Market in the Loop in University City
Big Shake Daddies at Fanetti Park in South St. Louis
Power Play at Civic Park Bandstand in O’Fallon, MO
Everyday People at Faust Park in Chesterfield

Wednesday, July 9
The Stacey Collins Band at Tiemeyer Park in St. Ann
Children’s Concert at Piper Palm House in Tower Grove Park
Acoustik Element at Citygarden Downtown
Super Majik Robots, Parties in the Park in Downtown Clayton
Big Brother Thunder and the Master Blasters at Missouri Botanical Garden

Thursday, July 10
Jay Hutson at Danforth University Center at Washington University
St. Charles Municipal Band at Frontier Park in St. Charles
St. Louis Banjo Club at Concordia Hall in St. Louis
Smash Band at Music on the Meadows in Lake St. Louis
The Owlz Grove Memorial Park Market Street in Grafton
Coleman-Hughes Project at St. Louis Place Park
Alton Muny Band at Riverview Park in Alton
Hudson and the Hoo Doo Cats at Faust Park in Chesterfield
Miss Jubilee at Bluebird Park in Ellisville

Friday, July 11
Let Them Eat Art Festival in Downtown Maplewood
Rhythm Section Road Show at Art Hill in Forest Park
Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers at Eckert’s Country Store in Belleville
Coleman Hughes Project at Plaza 501 in Ferguson
Acoustic Music Jam at 370 Lakeside Park in St. Peters
Swamp Tigers at Tower Grove Park
Ticket to the Beatles at the Gazebo in Webster Groves
The Wrong Crowd Band at Brentwood Park
American Idle at Jungle Boogie at the St. Louis Zoo
7 Bridges Road at Des Peres Park

Saturday, July 12
Aaron Eckert at Eckert’s Country Store in Belleville
Funky Butt Brass Band in Kirkwood Park
Dave Glover Band at Dardenne Prairie City Hall
Fanfare Band at St. Ferdinand Park in Florissant
Tailgate Party at Truman Park Gazebo in Hazelwood

Sunday, July 13
Garden Chapel Concert at Church of the Open Word in Creve Coeur
Compton Heights Concert Band at Francis Park in St. Louis
St. Louis Big Band at Zion Methodist Church in South St. Louis
St. Charles Big (Jazz) Band at Frontier Park in St. Charles
Alton Muny Band at Haskell Park in Alton
Gateway Festival Orchestra at Brookings Quadrangle at Washington University
Vote For Pedro at Shaw Park in Clayton
Deutschmeister Brass Band at Carondelet Park in St. Louis

Be sure to check our website for more events. We hope to see you at a free concert soon.