The Best and Worst of LouFest 2014

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Really more of a "Fedora Store" than a "General" one. We'd even go so far as to call this a "Specific Store." - Daniel Hill
Daniel Hill
Really more of a "Fedora Store" than a "General" one. We'd even go so far as to call this a "Specific Store."

The Worst:

The Sound from the Middle - LouFest's organizers, along with the natural contours of the chosen location, did a remarkably good job of setting up the festival space so that the music that occurred on the Forest Park, BMI and Shade stages didn't interfere with the music from any of the other stages in any of their respective listening areas. Given the small area in which the festival was held, that's quite an accomplishment. Unfortunately, if you happened to be at the LouFest General Store or pretty much anywhere else near the center of the festival during the times that performances overlapped, you were hit with a disorienting combination of three different bands playing three different songs from three different directions.

The Parking - Though Forest Park is an ideal setting for a festival like Loufest in so many respects, (It's centrally located, aesthetically attractive, easily accessible from the highway, etc.), the park does leave a little something to be desired in terms of parking. To their credit, LouFest organizers did provided ample bicycle parking (not to mention on-site repair services by Randy's Cycles), as well as a LouFest shuttle between the festival's entrance and the Skinker-DeBaliviere Metro stop to encourage alternative methods of transportation. However, festival attendees not living in the city or any Metro-connected suburbs were resigned to a lengthy walk to and from the festival.

Three local acts total, and Old Salt Union (pictured, kinda) and Pretty Little Empire had to perform simultaneously? - Doc Brookman
Doc Brookman
Three local acts total, and Old Salt Union (pictured, kinda) and Pretty Little Empire had to perform simultaneously?

Trying to Catch Local Acts - Of the three acts on this year's LouFest Line-up that call St. Louis home, all performed in the earliest slots the festival had to offer. That's understandable, since those bands will likely have a considerably smaller draw than most of the more well-known acts that populated the later slots on the LouFest roster. Two of the three bands, however, played at exactly the same time. Unfortunately for fans of both Old Salt Union and Pretty Little Empire, Sunday's LouFest schedule meant that local music enthusiasts had to choose one or the other.

Monday Morning - Well, here we are. The magical two days that were LouFest 2014 have come and gone, and it's time to get back to the grind. Unfortunately, one short night of sleep wasn't quite enough to make you feel totally human again after an entire weekend of beer, direct sunlight and enough loud music to make any mere mortal's head spin. You're tired, you're hungover, and you can still hear OutKast ringing in your ears from last night. And you wouldn't have it any other way.

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