Ten Artists We'd Like to See at LouFest 2011



Last week LouFest announced the dates of its second festival and immediately started selling discounted two-day passes to brave souls willing to buy without knowing the line-up in advance.

No word on when an official announcement will be made about who'll be playing. But in the meantime, it's fun to partake in some wishful thinking. We'd love to see these ten national acts on the LouFest stages this August.

Let's forget those harsh words about the many ways Weezer has jumped the shark, shall we? It looks like these consummate comeback kids are skipping St. Louis with their ultimate tour this winter: two nights per city, playing their Blue album on the first night, Pinkerton on the second. With Weezer being regulars on the summer festival circuit, and LouFest being two days, surely this must happen.

Best Coast
We got just a glimpse of Bethany Cosentino and company last September at the Gargoyle, which doesn't do them justice. With their fuzzy-warm sound, Best Coast begs to be heard while lying on a ratty blanket in the park watching the sky float by -- not constrained in a stuffy basement.

The Black Keys
Okay, these guys owe us. They stayed away from St. Louis from December 2006, until this past summer, except for an alumni-only gig at Washington University nearly two years ago. With this year's Brothers, the band's popularity is only growing -- making 'em the perfect populist choice.

The Gossip

And while we're talking about bands who owe us one, the Gossip never did reschedule the April show they canceled at the Firebird. We're all going to be hot and sweaty at the festival, so what better time to get even hotter and sweatier while dancing?

Sure, we loved having Jeff Tweedy at last year's festival, but like the Black Keys, Wilco's way overdue for a St. Louis show. Aside from 2009's Farm Aid, the last time they were here was in 2008, when they sold out the Pageant three nights in a row. This Wilco-loving town could be the site of their ultimate festival performance.

Justin Townes Earle
Not that we don't love our singer-songwriter troubadours. Especially Justin Townes Earle. He played the Old Rock House last summer, shortly before making a trip to rehab. Despite his problems, he pulled off a performance that left people emotionally shredded. We'd love to see what he can do while healthy.

Avett Brothers
It's not a summer festival without a Sunday afternoon North Carolina country stomp. Carolina Chocolate Drops provided it last year. Only the Avett Brothers can come close to matching the Piedmont intensity. Considering the packed crowds every time they come to St. Louis, there's no doubt they could have the entire Central Field doing a jig in the midday sun.

Janelle Monae
Let's get her before she takes over the music world. In October she dominated as Of Montreal's opening act. She's ready for the big crowds, which she'll no doubt experience while touring with Prince. Not that we'd complain if Prince joined her. Or Of Montreal, for that matter.

Big Boi and Cee-Lo

Speaking of Ms. Monae's friends ... Hell yes, we need some Georgia Power up here! They haven't announced the dates of their collaborative tour, so perhaps timing will be on our side. What better way to make up for last year's lack of hip-hop at LouFest?

LCD Soundsystem
The first night of last year's LouFest ended with electronic-heavy dancing into the night, and it worked. So let's do it again. LCD Soundsystem can generate the last-act energy that can leave everyone with a happy, exhausted buzz.

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