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Nelly

8 p.m. Saturday, July 21. Soldiers Memorial, 1315 Chestnut Street.

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Yes, our hometown boy is a big ol' superstar. He's also one of the biggest St. Louis boosters of all time. And while it's fun when he plays more intimate shows (like the surprise show at the Duck Room in celebration of getting his own star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame), he belongs on the big stage. This Saturday he'll perform as part of the Celebrate St. Louis series. Our Cornell Jr. has personality and tons of charisma to match, but his charming smile is nothing compared to his contagious hits. From "Hot in Herre" to "Pimp Juice" to "Just a Dream," Nelly gets the job done with a confident Midwest swagger. Downtown Man: Having performed with Chuck Berry a few summers ago at a Democratic National Convention rally at Kiener Plaza, Nelly seems to have become the go-to guy for these big free shows. We ain't complaining.

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