Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

7 Things That Are New about This Year's LouFest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

7 Things That Are New about This Year's LouFest

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If you're at LouFest, keep an eye out for our music-loving pal Weatherbird. He'd love to photobomb your selfie.

Our team will be covering LouFest all weekend long with reviews, photos, video and more. Follow our coverage at stltoday.com/loufest.

Weezer, Snoop Dogg, Cage the Elephant, Run the Jewels, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Spoon, and Huey Lewis and the News are just a few of the music acts taking over Forest Park this weekend for LouFest 2017.

The event, now in its eighth year, is St. Louis' premier music festival and has evolved since its inception. Here are seven things to know about this year's festival.

A NEW LOCATION

Because of renovations happening at Central Fields, LouFest temporarily relocates to the Festival & Parking Plaza, formerly known as the Upper Muny Lot. The new location will provide a natural amphitheater for the Bud Light Stage at the bottom of a grassy hill. The BMI/Tunespeak stage also will be on grass. The Enterprise Stage will be on pavement. (Remember all the mud last year? Pavement may not be so bad.)

A SPECIAL TRIBUTE

"Hail! Hail! Chuck Berry!" will pay tribute to St. Louisan Chuck Berry, who died in March at age 90. It takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday on the Bud Light Stage. Performing as part of the tribute are Huey Lewis, Bryan Greenberg, Captain Kirk Jones (of the Roots), Rashawn Ross (of Dave Matthews Band), Britt Daniel (of Spoon), Mark Shultz and Nick Bockrath (of Cage the Elephant), Eric Krasno (of Soulive and Lettuce), Pokey LaFarge, Valerie June, Cory Henry, Jonny P. and Berry family members.

A backing band will be led by Kevin Bowers and will include St. Louis acts Michael Aguirre, Ermine Cannon, Aaron Chandler, Andy Coco, David Grelle, Adam Hucke, Ben Reece and Tandra Williams. A commemorative poster was designed by St. Louis artist Dan Zettwoch and will be sold in the official LouFest store.

The newly formed Chuck Berry Foundation will work to support causes important to Berry and his family, including arts and music education.

A NIGHT FOR STUDENTS

The new LouFest U is a collaboration between LouFest and the St. Louis Regional Chamber geared to university students (with valid ID or a university email address). …

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