Luminary Center for the Arts makes a comeback on the show scene this summer -- well, not at its pending new physical space on Cherokee Street, but with the return of the Post Performance Series, featuring live music and one-day-only art installations at the Old Post Office Plaza (Ninth and Locust streets).
The inaugural show on Saturday, May 25, with Thelonious Kryptonite, DJ Nune, and Mikey Wehling and the Reverbs, is the first concert the Luminary has put on since the final show at its original Kingshighway location in November 2012.
Families and friends gather outdoors at the Old Post Office Plaza, many with blankets, folding chairs and picnic baskets -- others just content with sitting Indian-style and soaking it all in -- to enjoy the sounds of live music as it echoes off of buildings in downtown St. Louis. And the setting is always a unique one, with art hauled up and set in place in the already scenic plaza for just one music-filled, memorable evening.
"We were interested in the plaza when it was built out in 2009.... It's a natural space to connect artists and musicians for a more interactive experience, which can be harder to do in a normal venue setting," says Luminary cofounder James McAnally.
Post Performance 2: Phaseone + Daniel Shown
The Luminary held its first Post Performance series in 2010, followed by another lineup of artists and musicians in 2011. The free public outdoor series was on hiatus during the summer of 2012 because the plaza was under construction for the whole year, he says.
Past exhibitions have included everything from eighteen-foot high, 600-pound steel-and-wood sculptures propped up in 105-degree heat to calm and cool evenings with site-specific video work. This is the first year in which all the shows -- four in total that occur during the last Saturday of each month through August -- share a collective theme.
Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.