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Over the years LouFest has featured performances from locals Kim Massie, So Many Dynamos, the Bottle Rockets, Magnolia Summer, Sleepy Kitty, Jumbling Towers and Jeff Tweedy (arguably a St. Louis native via neighboring Belleville, Illinois). And that streak doesn't end — Tef Poe and Kentucky Knife Fight are on the bill for 2013.

"It's a balancing act to determine how many to include, because part of the appeal of festivals is bringing bands to St. Louis that don't really come here that often," Cohen says. "So while there's plenty of local talent that we could put on the stage throughout the day, we need to strike a balance between bands that you can see often in St. Louis and those that are going to provide a unique experience that our fan base doesn't get to experience very often."

Charlie Jones and Brian Cohen.
Charlie Jones and Brian Cohen.

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Forest Park

Highway 40 (I-64) & Hampton Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110

Category: Parks and Outdoors

Region: St. Louis - Forest Park

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LouFest
12 p.m. Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8.
$55 to $95. Forest Park, Highway 40 (I-64) & Hampton Avenue.

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Jones echoes Cohen's "bigger picture" sentiment: "Whenever we go to a new market, and specifically St. Louis, it's not necessarily a goal just to make a big music festival, but it's to try to create an event that's going to become part of the community and hopefully be thought about as something to do in that community for many, many years to come — a true cultural event that represents the park, the city and the fans that would come to it."

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14 comments
Matt Higgins
Matt Higgins

Heard this band on 'Austin City Limits'. Great!!!

Jason Voigt
Jason Voigt

I saw some of these at Bonnaroo this year

Amy Klatch
Amy Klatch

there were only like 3 or 4 bands that I wanted to see...not worth the money, unfortunately.

Alia Hartwick
Alia Hartwick

Nope, I can go to Memphis and for three days and watch a ton more bands for 75$! Even though I would like to see Wilco again!

Anna Probst
Anna Probst

The price is typical of a music festival, but the lineup wasnt for me. Ive already seen the ones Id want to see this year.

Benjamin Scherliss
Benjamin Scherliss

The price is right considering many people pay $45 to see one band in a day, let alone FIFTEEN in one day.

Doug
Doug

Community in this case not including metal heads, the hard rock gang, those dirty punks or the unwashed hyperliterates of the noise scene. Or as some people call them, "St. Louis."

Doug
Doug

Community in this case not including metal heads, the hard rock gang, those dirty punks or the unwashed hyperliterates of the noise scene. Or as some people call them, "St. Louis."

Doug
Doug

Community in this case not including metal heads, the hard rock gang, those dirty punks or the unwashed hyperliterates of the noise scene. Or as some people call them, "St. Louis."

 

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