May ushers in another fantastic season of Twilight Thursdays at the Missouri History Museum! This popular, free outdoor concert series takes place on the North Lawn and brings a lineup of spectacular shows from local musicians and bands. Grab your blankets and lawn chairs, pack your picnic basket, and listen to music under a beautiful Forest Park sunset. Some of the area’s best food trucks will also be on hand each week.
Bring family, friends, and food, and revel in the music as the sun sets. Museum galleries are open late, and some of the area’s best food trucks will be on hand. Concerts take place from 6 to 8pm.
This year’s dates are Thursdays, May 4, 11, 18, 25.
Whitney Houston Anthology | Thursday, May 4 | 6pm–8pm
Music Director: Jeremiah Allen
Start the Twilight Thursdays season with a tribute to “The Voice,”with vocals performed by Cheryl Brown. In 1985 Whitney Houston had her first Top 10 single,“Saving All My Love.” Six Grammy awards and nearly 40 years later, she is remembered as one of the greatest of all time.
The Stax Records Catalog | Thursday, May 11 | 6–8pm
Music Director: Terry Coleman
In 1957 Jim Stewart created Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee, a label that went on to produce top-selling artists from Otis Redding and Johnnie Taylor to the Staple Singers and Isaac Hayes. Enjoy the integrated sounds of Stax with lead vocals by Gene Jackson and Marty Abdullah.
FUNKOLOGY 101 | Thursday, May 18 | 6–8pm
Music Directors: Dave Grelle and Dee Dee James
Some say that funk was born in 1967 with the release of George Clinton’s “(I Wanna) Testify.” The sound of funk spread with Bootsy Collins, the Ohio Players, Rick James, and more. Now the funk continues with former Bootsy Collins and George Clinton guitarist Dee Dee James of the St. Louis band Dirty Muggs and Dave Grelle of the Playadors.
Black Magic: The Santana Experience | Thursday, May 25 | 6–8pm
Music Director: Aaron Burlbaw
For more than five decades the legendary guitar music of Carlos Santana has been one of the most unique and recognized sounds in popular music, topping charts worldwide. Enjoy a blend of African-inspired rhythms, bluesy organ, and melodic guitar played straight from the heart.