Our beloved St. Louis -- celebrating its 250th birthday this year -- is on an uptick. The city has tech startups out the wazoo, gets recognized for all kinds of cuisine and is one of the most literate cities in the nation. Basically, we're surrounded by awesome stuff at all times.
Steve Truesdell Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at LouFest this year.
But new residents and visitors also are flocking to St. Louis because of its music community, which has grown significantly in national visibility over the past five to ten years. Earning a reputation for both quality and quantity, the Gateway City has plenty of festivals that stack lineups of nationally known artists for surprisingly low (or free) ticket costs. In fact, we may even get another one downtown in 2015! In the meantime, here are five local music festivals that keep the tourists visiting, the music playing and the beer flowing.More »