Six Flags – St. Louis kicked off their summer concert series last week, hosting an evening with songwriter Chris Tomlin. The amusement park isn’t necessarily a venue I naturally keep on the radar, but I learned it’s actually one of the few Six Flags nationwide that still hosts concerts and the Old Glory Ampitheatre highlights some intriguing backdrops where occasionally you’ll see a train or amusement park ride pass by. It was a brief evening with no openers, but Tomlin (and full backing band) sounded great and made for an enjoyable night to kick off the summer concert season.
Let’s hop in the time machine for a set that I completely overlooked posting – a belated happy birthday to Boost 101.9, who brought in Family Force 5 and Flame to celebrate. Flame (along with Mike Real) were a great crew to match the boundless energy of FF5 and the audience (already tuned in after an early evening Q&A) was definitely engaged and dancing along. Shout out to FF5 for the NBA talk and not getting too mad when I accidentally ate from their catering.
Members of The Arcs set aside some time before their show at The Pageant to do some record shopping down the street at Vintage Vinyl and a crowd of fans joined along in browsing the stacks.
Mid-performance, Drew Holcomb shared a story about playing to a near-empty Off Broadway during his first trip through St. Louis. Flash forward just a few years and the songwriter has continuing his slow rise, drawing out a sizable crowd to The Ready Room just a few days after announcing the latest lineup for his curated Moon River Music Festival. As an added plus, along for this particular evening were the soothing tunes of Jill Andrews.
Obviously the big event of the day at Vintage Vinyl was the Mumford & Sons in-store performance, but the party was going on all day at the store with a slew of performances outside. I took in several sets, experienced some great new bands and had a few Schlafly beers and came back some shots for those of you who might have missed it.
With some help from Vintage Vinyl and The Pageant, a select few fans of Josh Kelley lucked out and got the chance to take in a private performance by the singer-songwriter. Featuring some acoustic renditions of songs from his upcoming release New Lane Road, Josh interspersed the performance with color commentary on some of his favorite tracks and requests from the audience.