Music and heritage meet at this festival in the Grand Center Arts District.
The third rendition of Music at the Intersection, a civic-led effort presented by Kranzberg Arts Foundation, will encompass multiple stages set up in streets and green spaces throughout the neighborhood. St. Louis-based musicians as well as national acts, spanning musical genres such as blues, jazz, soul, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll and hip-hop, will come together in this celebration of St. Louis’ musical, cultural and artistic legacy.
“St. Louis artists have birthed and stewarded these great genres, and now, the rest of the world gets to enjoy playing and listening to the music that we’ve been so instrumental in breaking,” Chris Hansen, executive director of Kranzberg Arts Foundation and chief producer of Music at the Intersection, says. “From the creation of rock ‘n’ roll with Johnnie Johnson and Chuck Berry to the evolution of jazz with Miles Davis to Henry Townsend – one of the only American artists to produce a blues record in all eight decades of his life – [St. Louis] has a really storied history; it’s an important part of American music but a lesser-told story. We’re not known for one sound like a lot of other manufactured cities; we’re really rooted in the foundation of American music. And we’re going to celebrate that all weekend long.”