Music at the Intersection, a civic-led effort presented by the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis, Kranzberg Arts Foundation and Steward Family Foundation, held its first event in 2021. The festival tells the story of St. Louis’ musical, cultural and artistic heritage. 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, and rock and roll.
It’s back in 2022, and the lineup is impressive. Erykah Badu and Gary Clark Jr. will headline Music at the Intersection, taking place in St. Louis September 10-11. Other key performers include international indie soul group Hiatus Kaiyote, blues guitarist Buddy Guy, jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington, soul-rock band JJ Grey & Mofro, and St. Louis-bred alternative rock group The Urge, among others.
During the weekend, more than 50 national, regional and local acts are scheduled to perform across four stages throughout Grand Center Arts District’s outdoor festival footprint – a mix of urban streets and green spaces, stretching across Washington Avenue, just east of Grand Blvd. Tickets are now on sale. Get yours before they sellout!
Throughout the weekend, Grand Center’s world-class partner venues – including The Fabulous Fox, The Sheldon Concert Hall, The Grandel Theater and Jazz St Louis – will open their doors for official festival pre and after party concerts.
Several artists have direct ties to the St. Louis area. The Urge’s original (and still current) members, Karl Grable and Steve Ewing, were originally classmates at Webster Groves High School. Trumpeter Keyon Harrold is from Ferguson; indie band Foxing is from St. Louis; and Grammy-award-winning Murphy Lee and Kyjuan of the St. Lunatics (contributing to more than 20 million albums sold) are from University City.
In addition to music for 2022, Music at the Intersection will also put special emphasis on art and culture. Central to the festival’s footprint, “Mural Market” will be home to local artisan vendors, as well as live street art activations, artist talks, large format mural walls and high definition projection mapping / immersive video art.
Leaning into the theme of Kranzberg Arts Foundation’s The Big Top (a flexible 1200-2500 person circus tent-style arts facility serving as one of the stages), the festival will also feature a variety of carnival-inspired amusements and activities for attendees – including pop-up circus performances, workshops, dunk booths and a flying trapeze that festival goers will have the opportunity to ride.
Also new for 2022, Music at the Intersection will host the Midwest Music Summit on Friday, September 9 at .ZACK (3224 Locust St). Presented by TuneSpeak and The Recording Academy, the event will be geared toward musicians and the music industry. In addition to five speaker panels, the summit will offer professional development and mentorship opportunities from industry professionals from across the United States.