The R&B, jazz, and blues icons are joined on the festival’s second-year lineup by international indie soul group Hiatus Kaiyote, blues guitarist Buddy Guy, jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington, soul-rock band JJ Grey & Mofro, and St. Louis-bred alternative rock group The Urge, among others.
During the weekend, more than 50 national, regional, and local acts are scheduled to perform across four stages throughout Grand Center Arts District’s outdoor festival footprint – a mix of urban streets and green spaces, stretching across Washington Avenue, just east of Grand Blvd. Tickets go on sale at MetroTix on Friday, March 11, at 10 a.m., and limited quantity early bird prices start at $129 for all-weekend access or $69 for a day-pass. GA+ and VIP options are also available.
“Every year our aim is to make this festival more accessible, diverse and multi-dimensional,” said Chris Hansen, executive director of Kranzberg Arts Foundation. “In addition to the blues, jazz and heritage genre, which was the core of our lineup last year, we have national to local acts across everything from hip hop and R&B to indie rock, soul and funk. Between acts, attendees can wander the festival’s new outdoor footprint and enjoy local food offerings, unique amusements, live art activations and shopping with local vendors. An attendee may buy a ticket with a favorite like Erykah Badu, Buddy Guy or The Urge, in mind, but that ticket gets them access to an incredible, dynamic urban music experience – and we hope they explore it all.”
Festival grounds open at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, September 10-11, and performances will take place within that outdoor footprint until well after sunset.
Throughout the weekend, Grand Center’s world-class partner venues – including The Fabulous Fox, The Sheldon Concert Hall, The Grandel Theater and Jazz St Louis – will open their doors for official festival pre and after party concerts. Lineups and ticketing details for those events will be announced at a later date.