Five St. Louis-Based Music Festivals that Draw Out-of-Towners

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Brian Heffernan
Miss Jubilee and a fan at the Big Muddy Blues Festival in 2012.

BIG MUDDY BLUES FESTIVAL

With the Bluesweek Festival moving to Chesterfield this year, the Big Muddy Blues Festival practically has the downtown summer blues market cornered -- not that it needs help. Big Muddy draws about 60,000 music lovers each year to Laclede's Landing to hear all manner of the blues and related genres: R&B, rockabilly, gospel, jazz and more. Even though the festival draws some hefty headliners -- recent years have given us the Reverend Horton Heat, Walter Trout, Booker T. and Joe Louis Walker -- the region's largest blues event takes pride in showcasing rising local talent. And don't even get us started on how well festival organizers weathered Hurricane Isaac's wrath in 2012 -- they deserve a golden harmonica for that one.

Learn more: bigmuddybluesfestival.com


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Kholood Eid
Ann Wilson of Heart at Fair St. Louis in 2012.

FAIR ST. LOUIS & CELEBRATE ST. LOUIS

With food, games, art, fireworks and music serving as catnip for a family vacation during Independence Day weekend, Fair St. Louis has been enticing concertgoers of all ages for decades. The festival has grown beyond July 4, though; in recent years, Fair St. Louis has added Celebrate St. Louis concerts throughout the summer, bringing even more nationally recognized talent to the Gateway City. Visitors and natives alike have enjoyed Heart, Ray Charles, Neon Trees, Josh Turner and more under the Arch, but that tradition changes this year when Fair St. Louis moves to Forest Park.

Learn more: fairsaintlouis.org

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