Well about time the press office Beth sent me an email, it was too late to get my credentials. But she did kindly send me some tickets to attend this joyous bundle of everything.
When I say everything, St. Louis surely knows how to throw a festival. Music at the Intersection was everything it has been billed to be.
Imagine a popular street called Washington Ave., Grand Center District. becoming a huge main stage, and about six blocks more is filled with vendors, music lounges and pop up bars. And there you have a huge weekend that started on Saturday, September 11th.
On Sunday, I had the opportunity to stop by a few vendors’ tables, including my favorite radio station The Sound-WSIE, and chop it up with EZ-Smooth Eric. If you are ever driving along the road, and want smooth jazz. Just hit 88.7 FM, and you will get into the swing of things.
A casual observer would’ve asked me why didn’t I cover the acts? Well, I wanted to tell a different story here. I wanted to show the world how a bunch of people come together in St Louis, to have a great time.
In addition, I would have loved to have covered the talents of Erykah Badu, local guy Dylan Triplett or Buddy Guy, just to name a few. However, next year I will be better prepared.
Downside to all of this, I am a Bud Light Lime guy. They only had Bud Light through-out the grounds. But I digressed and sipped away!
A little about the Music extravaganza.
WHERE MUSIC AND HERITAGE MEET
Music at the Intersection is a civic-led effort presented by Kranzberg Arts Foundation in partnership with Steward Family Foundation and The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) of St. Louis. First held in 2021, the festival tells the story of St. Louis’ musical, cultural and artistic heritage.
It celebrates the city’s imprint on the American songbook, the relationship St. Louis has with its Mississippi River sister cities, and the musical genres that have been birthed and fostered locally. Music at the Intersection gives a spotlight to national acts as well as St. Louis-based musicians across blues, jazz, soul, R&B, hip-hop, & rock and roll.
The lineup is stacked and includes performances by Erykah Badu, Gary Clark Jr, Hiatus Kaiyote, The Urge, Buddy Guy, Robert Glasper, Kamasi Washington & much more.
All photographs by The Newsletter 05
Buddy Guy on the Washington Ave., stage, courtesy of Dustin Scott