This last weekend the Muny parking lot was transformed into the grounds for this year’s LouFest. The festival that usually is held in the Central Fields at Forest Park relocated due to construction, but the people of LouFest did not let it stop any of their fun. LouFest was more than just about the music, which included a variety of amazing local and national acts. This year there was more to do than ever around the festival, including chowing down at the Nosh Pit, enjoying a full range of local food and refreshments. There is a whole lot to love about LouFest, but we’ve managed to narrow it down to the five things we can’t get enough of about LouFest 2017:
The Amazing Headliners
It’s always an honor when National acts choose to tour through our city, and LouFest was no exception when it came to getting the big names. Right before the festival kicked into gear news made it around that Saturday was completely sold out. It’s no doubt that this is partially due to the appearance of Snoop Dogg as the closing set. While Snoop can tend to be a novelty performance, the people of LouFest had no problem soaking up every minute of it. Throughout the weekend fans were treated to many great acts including Weezer, Run the Jewels, and Spoon. Overall LouFest was a great chance to show these national artists that St. Louis truly is a great city to experience music.
All of the Great Non-Music Activities and Fun
This year LouFest completely enhanced the festival’s features including many more things to do than in years past. Rather than shops around the festival, the food vendors were placed in the Nosh Pit, where music fans could find a variety of local restaurants from Pi Pizza to Sugarfire Smokehouse. One of the highlights of the festival was the STL Sticker Swap’s world record attempt at the most stickers on a bus. Attendees got to put their mark on the piece of festival history by writing their name on a sticker within the bus. Around the festival grounds there was also a Ferris Wheel, Hot Air Balloon Rides, Body Painting, and the Fizz & Folly Cocktail Party. At the Cocktail party there were samples from sponsors as well as pop up shows from various LouFest artists. It was fun for the whole family even with a kids area that had it’s own music and activity schedule, all completed with the appearance of a bubble bus.
The Representation of Local Artists
We live in such an amazing musical city filled with great artists and performers. It truly wouldn’t be LouFest if there wasn’t some presence from the St. Louis scene on the lineup. This year had a great variety of local acts that captured what we have going on here in town, from Hip Hop to Experimental to Rock N Roll. The lineup included some local favorites such as MVSTERMIND, 18andCounting, Beth Bombara, and newcomer StarWolf. For many who don’t go out frequently to shows, LouFest is one of their only chances to get exposed to some of the great talent we have here in the Lou. This year was extra special for the band StarWolf, who had only played 2 shows prior to playing a sold out crowd. We are extremely proud of all of the local artists who contributed to this year, in front of and behind the scenes.
After all was said and done there was one thing that stood out in everyone’s reactions, and that was Minneapolis artist Lizzo. If you haven’t heard of the Hip Hop powerhouse before, she has been steadily increasing in popularity over the last year. After her much talked about performance earlier this year at South by Southwest, we were very excited to catch her set on Sunday afternoon. Lizzo came in full force with backup dancers twerking and grooving alongside her on stage. It was more than just good music for many who attended. “I don’t even think I have all of the right words to describe the experience of watching Lizzo up close and personal. She was a consummate artist with a powerful message. I laughed, I cried, it felt like a religious experience,” says Danielle Feinstein who worked as an ambassador for this year’s festival. Lizzo touched on many great messages from voicing out against police brutality to loving your body for who you are. Lizzo truly brought the Black Girl Magic to LouFest, and St. Louis was loving it. She is such a great fit for our city and we can’t wait to see her come through town again.
All of the Love for the Lou
When you look at LouFest as a whole there is a great feeling of pride for our city. Not only is it great that there is a music festival worthy of national acts and attention here in town, but it was a great showcase of what we have to offer as a city. “Anyone can put stages, port-a-potties, beer, and food in a circle around a field and invite some bands to play, but this year’s event was truly a shining example of the power of St. Louis,” says Michael Tomko, who in his own part contributes greatly in the scene. Everywhere you looked within the festival you saw a wonderful display of local collaboration. Not only was there some great Saint Louis themed shopping from places like STL Style, but there was even a mobile record store set up by Music Record Shop where you could buy music from the festival right where you heard it. We are definitely feeling the STL pride after LouFest 2017, and we can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store.
For more from Loufest check out our full photo gallery: Official Sound of STL LouFest Photo Gallery