Loufest 2017: Sound of STL’s Can’t Miss List

There are so many great artists on the Loufest 2017 lineup, including pop legends like Snoop Dogg and Weezer. Sometimes it’s hard with so many big names to find the hidden gems, and Sound of STL is here to help. Whether you’ve had your ticket since they dropped, or you’re unsure whether to take the plunge and buy that pass, here are five artists that you will not want to miss at this year’s festival:

18andCounting (St. Louis, Missouri)

18andCounting (Credit: Mabel Suen/RFT)

18andCounting is the multi-faceted creative project by Stan Chisholm. The St. Louis local has been a staple in the experimental scene, with works that range from production of music, visual art, rap, installation work, to DJing at various events around town. The artist has multiple honors from River Front Times including Best Solo Project 2011 and Best DJ in 2012. His 2016 release TheBirdsAtThisHour is extremely representative of what the STL scene is all about, mixing harsh ambient noise with laid back hip hop vocals. 18andCounting will be perfroming Sunday the 10th on the Tunespeak – BMI Stage from 12:45 to 1:40 PM.

Lizzo (Minneapolis, Minnesota) 

Lizzo (Credit: Coconut Oil Album Art)

Lizzo hit a recent popularity spike with her set during the NPR Music Showcase this year at South by Southwest. Now she graces the stage at Loufest for a performance that is sure to be high energy and a whole lot of fun. Her sound has the glamour of pop with an alternative hip-hop base. Lizzo is a founding member of multiple independent hip-hop groups including Grrrl Party, and the Chalice. A track from her recent EP release, Coconut Oil, was featured on the Barbershop: The Next Cut soundtrack, and has voiced various characters on Adult Swim. You can catch Lizzo on Sunday the 10th from 6:30 to 7:30 PM on the Tunespeak-BMI stage.

Marian Hill (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) 

Marian Hill (Credit: Down Album Art)

Marian Hill has spent the last few years becoming a staple in the festival scene. They’ve performed at other major music festivals including Electric Forest and Mamby on the Beach. The electronic duo is composed of singer Samantha Gongol and production artist Jeremy Lloyd. Jeremy lays down a solid groove, and Samantha makes every performance an experience with her alluring stage presence. Their cool and fresh sound is quickly catching on, and was even featured in the first Apple wireless earbud commercial. You can catch Marian Hill on Saturday the 9th from 3:00 to 4:00 PM on the Forest Park stage.

Beth Bombara (St. Louis, Missouri)

Beth Bombara @ Gaslight Studios (Credit: Sound of STL)

You may have heard Beth Bombara‘s name around town this year with a recent Gaslight session as well as an album release show earlier this year. She also has opened for other local favorites including Pokey LaFarge and Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear. You can catch her performing throughout the city at a variety of venues, which makes her a great fit for Loufest. Her songs are soulful with a refreshing dose of that Missouri grit. After you see her set at Loufest you will walk away a fan. Catch her on Sunday from 11:15 to 12:00 PM at the Bud Light stage.

Hail Hail Chuck Berry (St. Louis, Missouri) 

Chuck Berry (Credit: Getty Images)

The Saint Louis music scene lost a local legend this year with the death of Rock N Roll great Chuck Berry. Immediately after his loss a rush of tribute shows popped up, with many local bands making sure to include a Berry song in their sets. It’s no surprise that this year’s Loufest includes a tribute as well, titled Hail Hail Chuck Berry. The concept will continue as a reoccurring event for Loufest, but the details are kept under wraps for now. What we do know is they have been working closely with his family to make sure to honor the man who left such a mark on our city and music as whole. The celebration will be from 8:00 to 9:00 PM at the Bud Light stage on Saturday.


Stay tuned to Sound of STL for more from Loufest 2017, and make sure to lock down those tickets (Purchase here)!


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