Summer in St. Louis means festivals, fairs and concerts. All over the region, St. Louisans enjoy the sultry summer weather and the entertainment of local and beyond musical talent. Lawn chairs and blankets are spread about outdoor venues as music of various genres delight while you stargaze and dance the summer away.

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Summer Concerts At Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Maryland Heights
14141 Riverport Drive
St. Louis, MO 63043
(314) 298-9944

The best and most popular place to see bands, in an outdoor summertime venue, is Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Maryland Heights. Each summer, it is the host to the most popular musical talent in the country, and brings bands that appeal to the widest variety of genres. There’s something for everyone in this summer’s lineup.

Date: May 12

Metal heads can kick off the summer concert going with Pointfest. Rock out to a festival of heavy metal, rap, hard and alternative rock of bands like Alice in Chains, Halestorm, Papa Roach, Three Days Grace and Volebeat. Eleven bands in all round out the lineup and travel to Maryland Heights from places like Denmark, Canada, Australia and various parts of the United States. These bands, mostly formed in the early 90s, bring this generation’s vision of classic heavy metal and grunge to St. Louis for a full day of total contemporaneous rock.

REO Speedwagon with STYX and Ted Nugent
Date: May 18

Classic rock and roll is represented in the Verizon summer concert lineup with Styx, REO Speedwagon and the Motor City Mad Man, Ted Nugent. Present generations now revel in heavy metal and grunge, but some vintage rockers may argue the foundation of current rock would never have evolved without the classic genius of 70’s founders of the genre. St. Louis is one of 20 dates booked in the Midwest for the classic rock trio tour. Nugent fans need to make sure they show up early to the show, as he is the first act.

Kenny Chesney: No Shoes Nation Tour
Date: June 27

After Kenny Chesney cancelled his tour last year, to take a breather, he’s back with renewed energy and he’s not alone. His No Shoes Nation Tour has him coming to St. Louis with two other country favorites for one of Verizon’s many country concert bookings. The Eli Young Band joins Chesney this year as it adds the No Shoes Nation Tour to its 11-year resume. The group’s songs “EYB” and “Crazy Girl” are almost certain to be part of the tour’s entertainment. Kasey Musgraves rounds out the lineup with her country music charm and talent.

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2013 Summer Concerts in Faust Park
15185 Olive Blvd.
Chesterfield, MO 63017
(636) 532-3399

Dates: June 4 through August 13

Not only is Faust Park a great place to ride a carousel and observe butterflies, but it’s also a great summertime concert venue. Each year, the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce books a great lineup of local musical talent for St. Louis-area residents to enjoy. These free concerts run for 10 weeks throughout the summer. Enjoy classic, St. Louis favorites like Bob Kuban, Trilogy and Billy Peek. The Chamber also sells concessions of beer, wine, soda, water and candy and popcorn for munching. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy a great family evening of music and sometimes even a little dancing under the stars. All concerts start at 7 p.m. If you would like to support this effort with a financial donation, contact the Chamber office at (636) 532-3399 and ask for Stella.

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Six Flags Summer Christian Concert Summer Lineup
Six Flags St. Louis
4900 Six Flags Road
Eureka, MO 63025
(636) 938-5300

Dates: June 15 through August 13

This year, the Old Glory Amphitheater will host a variety of concerts at Six Flags-St. Louis. Beginning in June, families can enjoy a series of popular Christian bands while they also enjoy a full array of park amenities and entertainment. In 1999, the contemporary Christian Rock band Casting Crowns began its musical career in Daytona and more than a decade later, became one of the genre’s most successful entertainers. This group appears as the lineup’s first draw on June 15. Matthew West and Building 429 are two bands that appear on July 27, and Tenth Avenue North concludes the lineup on August 10. Guests of the park are also encouraged to enjoy the new roller coaster, Boomerang, in addition to the Hurricane Harbor swimming park.

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Lisa Payne-Naeger, a native of the St. Louis area, is a freelance writer, blogger, political activist and a homeschooling mother of two children. Her work can be found at