LouFest | 09.06-07.14

LouFest14 75Admitting OutKast was the only band at the festival you had heard of is completely okay.


St. Louis, Central Field in Forest Park

A lot of people only came to LouFest because of OutKast. Admitting OutKast was the only band at the festival you had heard of is completely okay.

LouFest began on one of the most random St. Louis weather days. Let’s just start off by talking about St. Louis’ weather on the morning of Sept. 6. Once there, you could find a bit of everything a person could wear during the year. People had on short shorts, fleece jackets, rain boots, and tank tops. All were prepared for the random rain drizzles, freezing wind, surprise sunshine, and whatever else would come next.

The folks who were working the shows were just as excited to be volunteering at LouFest as the ones in the beginning of the lines who ran in when the clock hit twelve. Once noon came, the Bud Light stage blasted the beginning of Star Wars and flashed their lights signaling people to run that way…and the majority of them did. While people were galloping to get in the front of the stages, others were figuring out which food station they wanted to try out. Out of the 19 options, most people were in line for Kaldi’s coffee and Flaming Gyro’s.

The opening acts: Kins, Colin Lake, and Big Brother Thunder & The MasterBlasters all started around 12:15. Unfortunately that was also the time it started raining. Most of the people that arrived hid under the tents.

On Forest Park’s stage Kins were playing. They had a fog machine that went to waste and a crowd of about 50 people. Next to them on the Shade Stage was the group Big Brother Thunder and the MasterBlasters. They were the jazziest, so they were the only opening set that had people actually dancing!

Below are the remaining performances that stood out and why summed up in under six words:

San Fermin: Random Amazing burst of turn-upage

The Jane Shermans: Female lead singer with dopest guitar

Falls: Five stringed band in black attire

GroupLove: Where it all got extra crowded

Matt and Kim: Slight technical issue with sound

Outkast!!: …. And life was complete

Yes, Outkast just about completed most of our 18 plus years of life. It was a show where you had to have all five of your senses open. Your vision had to be open to actually view this spectacle of a performance. Your hearing so you could know the exact reason you’ll go deaf when you hit 30. You also needed your spidey senses so that you didn’t get hit in the head with a ball, your feet stepped on, or a soaring body smashed into your face. It was something you had to be completely there to really appreciate.

This was one of the first concerts in a while where everybody around you didn’t have their phones out the entire time. People were actually there experiencing the event—something we rarely do anymore because of the pandemonium of technology. While amongst that crowd you should have learned Festival Rules 101: The closer to the stage you get, the more dangerous. You also should have appreciated a large group of people coming together for one cause. The cause of the night was for the love of music. After the Mike Brown situation, St. Louis has witnessed how people can be so segregated, but once something that interests all of us occurs, we all come together peacefully. It was a beautiful thing seeing everybody singing, dancing, crying and squeezing their loved ones. | Alexy Irving

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