When St. Louis residents hear the words “Labor Day” they instantly get their favorite blues song dancing through their head. Why? Because Labor Day is when the annual Big Muddy Blues Festival happens. This weekend-long outdoor blues festival is known to bring in 60,000 blues lovers from all over– not only the state of Missouri but also the country.
Located in the historic Laclede’s Landing in Downtown St. Louis, R&B, soul, gospel, and jazz artists make their way to the riverfront of St. Louis to play for the massive crowds. Local and regional bands make a name for themselves while playing at this festival on the side stages. The main stage becomes a home to national headliners and Grammy award-winners.
This year’s lineup includes Samantha Fish, Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials, Kenny Neal, Guitar Shortly, and many more notable artists. In its nineteenth year, this annual festival still holds strong as the region’s most massive event for blues music lovers. Listen to familiar and new blues music and spend the evening surrounded by the beautiful aesthetic of historic St. Louis.
If you love blues or just want to people watch, the Big Muddy Blues Festival is certainly the place to be this Labor Day and an ideal event to complete this summer. To stay up to date and read the entire lineup, visit the festival’s Facebook page.