Best Music Festival - 2011
For two days in August, Forest Park's Central Field become a music fan's paradise with the arrival of LouFest. Even in its second year, the festival has generated national interest, despite its staunch commitment to local provisions. The lineup eschews quantity for quality, giving locals the same stages and set times as their touring peers. And with a more eclectic schedule in Year Two, the festival managed to land some bands our out-of-town friends will be buzzing about in the next year (Ume and Dom spring to mind). Lynchpin headliner the Roots canceled the day before its set, but between the dense lineup and the thoughtful amenities, LouFest's attendees left satisfied anyway.