Every year we at RFT Music work hard to honor the many local bands and performers who make St. Louis an epicenter for music in the Midwest. So what better way to celebrate our city's art than with a local music festival? On Saturday, June 7, ten venues throughout the Grove neighborhood along Manchester Avenue will host more than 80 bands for a day of music, moshing, dancing and drinking.
Back in February we asked you, the readers, for your favorite local acts. After scouring the list of suggested bands and solo artists, we assembled a nominating committee stocked with venue owners, promoters, record-shop employees, frequent showgoers and recording engineers. In April the list was completed, totaling 140 acts from the St. Louis-area music community.
While not every nominee is available to play, more than 80 have confirmed they'll perform at this year's RFT Music Showcase:
3 of 5 Alan Smithee Al Holliday and the East Side Rhythm Band Aquitaine The Bad Dates Barely Free Partial Prisoners Bassamp and Dano Bear Hive Beauty Pageant Better Days Big Brother Thunder and the MasterBlasters Billy Brown Black Fast Black James Black Panties Boreal Hills Breakmouth Annie Brotherfather Brothers Lazaroff Bruiser Queen Bug Chaser Capone CaveofswordS Chris Ward/Acorns to Oaks Con Trails The Conformists Cree Rider Family Band Dad Jr. Dance Floor Riot The Defeated County DJ Needles Doorway Dots Not Feathers The Educated Guess Eric Hall Ellen the Felon Everything Went Black Family Affair Fister Fumer Golden Curls Googolplexia The Gorge Heavy Horse iLLPHONiCS Indian Blanket it! Jack Grelle Kadu Flyer Kenny DeShields Kenshiro's Laika Lamar Harris Last to Show First to Go Letter to Memphis Little Big Bangs Lizzie Weber MAKossa The Maness Brothers Marquise Knox Mathias and the Pirates Matt Harnish's Pink Guitar Middle Class Fashion Mvstermind Nato Caliph The Night Grinder Old Capital Square Dance Club Old Salt Union Parisian Pat Sajak Assassins The People's Key Pet Rock: The Musical Pink Sock Quaere Verum Ransom Note Scarlet Tanager Search Parties Shut-In Skarekrau Radio Stonechat Syna So Pro Tef Poe Theresa Payne Tok Tone Rodent The Trophy Mules The Union Electric Wax Fruit Wild Hex Willis
This year RFT hall of famers So Many Dynamos and Pokey LaFarge will headline the showcase's grand finale at the Ready Room. Tickets range from $15 to $20 and are expected to sell out. Grab them here.
The showcase venues include:
If you'd like to see your favorite band receive an RFT Music Award later this summer, be sure to cast your vote here. See you in June!
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