The other big cancellation was the “Welcome Back STL” concert with Zac Brown Band and Sam Hunt, which was scheduled for August 13 at Busch Stadium. The concert was canceled due to “unforeseen circumstances”.
• The Isley Brothers, who lives in the St. Louis area, took on Earth, Wind and Fire in April as part of Verzuz’s popular musical “battles” series on Instagram. Rather than a battle, the two legendary bands presented an incredible night of old school R&B. The Isley Brothers took the opportunity to release their new song, “Friends & Family”.
• Pokey LaFarge, who formed his group in St. Louis, returned in October with “In the Blossom of Their Shade”, a sequel to “Rock Bottom Rhapsody” (2020). The new album includes “Get It ‘Fore It’s Gone”, “Mi Ideal”, “Drink of You” and “Killing Time”.
• My favorite concerts of the year, in no particular order: Harry Styles, September 15, Enterprise Center; Gary Clark Jr., August 12, Stifel Theater; Alanis Morissette, September 18, Hollywood Casino Amphitheater; Erykah Badu, October 16, Fox Theater; Thundercat, November 16, the historical re-enactment; the Rolling Stones, September 26, America’s Center Dome; the Roots, September 5, the Factory; Chris Stapleton, September 16, Hollywood Casino Amphitheater; Jack Harlow, October 25, historical re-enactment; Tinashe, October 7, the historical reenactment; deadmau5, July 16, the Factory; Gregory Porter (as part of Music at the Intersection), September 11, Fox Theater; Blackberry Smoke, August 3, St. Louis Music Park; Nikki Glaser, September 25, The Factory; Keyon Harrold and guests, December 1 and 4, Ferring Jazz Bistro; Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, GZA, October 2, Pop’s.
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