Two popular concert series kick off (June 4 and 7)

June 3, 2008

The Whitaker Music Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden is the place to be tomorrow (June 4) when it kicks off with Erin Bode at 7:30 p.m. at the amphitheater.  It’s one of the few times picnicking is allowed in the garden, so load up your classiest grub and arrive early to secure a good spot.  Admission is free from 5 p.m. on, including the children’s garden — can I plug that wonderful place too often??  I’m a huge fan of Erin Bode too, and I feel a little guilty about it because I’ve only ever seen her at free concerts like this one. (Someday I’ll have to shell out for a ticket!)  Her brand of jazz is a perfect pairing with beautiful outdoor venues and a nice glass of wine.  Or donuts … World’s Fair (located just west of the garden on Vandeventer and Shaw) is open until 6 p.m.

The series runs every Wednesday through Aug. 13, with performers who need very little introduction to St. Louisans  (Javier Mendoza, Kim Massie,  Alvin Jett and Phat Noiz) and a few newcomers (Anita Rosamond).  See the schedule on the garden’s homepage.

On Saturday (June 7), another favorite concert series begins over in Lafayette Square.  The bandshell in Lafayette Park is the focal point for a laid-back, spread-out picnicking scene that’s ideal for young kids who won’t sit still — they won’t be constantly trampling on someone else’s blanket!  Kim Massie kicks off the series‘ first concert at 6 p.m., followed every two weeks by another lively band (including Power Play, Zydeco Crawdaddies and Ralph Butler).  There’s usually a bit of concession activity (sno cones, etc.) but you should plan to supply the bulk of your libations yourself.  Or swing by the restaurants along Park Avenue for a take-out meal and drinks to go with it.  Might I suggest 33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar (there’s no sign but the address is 1913 Park Ave.)?


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