Press Release curtesy of Kranzberg Arts Foundation and Music at the Intersection.
The second annual music festival, September 10-11 in Grand Center Arts District, is moving entertainment outside with three stages, food trucks and a “Mural Market” with artisan vendors and experiential art activations.
St. Louis, Mo. – February 15, 2022 – For its second year, Music at the Intersection is moving the core of its multi-day entertainment line-up to an outdoor footprint in Grand Center Arts District. The music festival grounds – a mix of urban streets and green spaces, stretching across Washington Avenue, just east of Grand Blvd – will feature three stages (including Kranzberg Arts Foundation’s The Big Top), food trucks (through a partnership with Sauce Magazine) and a “Mural Market” showcasing goods from local artisan vendors, as well as experiential art activations.
Festival grounds open at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, September 10-11, and performances will take place within that outdoor footprint until after sunset. At night (starting at 9 p.m.) on Saturday, September 10, Grand Center’s world-class partner venues – including The Fabulous Fox, The Sheldon Concert Hall, The Grandel Theater and Jazz St Louis – will open their doors for official after parties.
In addition to music, the 2022 festival will also put special emphasis on art and culture. Central to Music at the Intersection’s footprint, “Mural Market” will be home to local artisan vendors, as well as live street art activations, artist talks, large format mural walls and high-definition projection mapping / immersive video art.
Leaning into the theme of Kranzberg Arts Foundation’s The Big Top (a flexible 1200–2500 person circus tent-style arts facility serving as one of the stages), the festival will also feature a variety of carnival-inspired amusements and activities for attendees – including pop-up circus performances, workshops, dunk booths and a flying trapeze that festival goers will have the opportunity to ride.
Also new for 2022, Music at the Intersection will host a Midwest Music Summit on Friday, September 9 at .ZACK (3224 Locust St). Presented by TuneSpeak and The Recording Academy, the event will be geared toward musicians and the music industry. In addition to five speaker panels, the summit will offer professional development and mentorship opportunities from industry professionals from across the United States.
“Any great festival needs to be multi-dimensional and offer audiences a variety of unique experiences,” said Chris Hansen, executive director of Kranzberg Arts Foundation. “With St. Louis musical heritage at our core, we’re excited to feature new elements this year, including Friday’s professional-development summit and an added emphasis on immersive, large format street art. Moving to an outdoor footprint enhances the communal music experience and makes space for food offerings and unique amusements. It also gives attendees room to explore an environment that will be rich with live art activations and quintessential St. Louis culture. Plus, as a bonus, when the district’s theater signs light up and after parties start, music fans can continue their journey inside Grand Center’s world-renowned venues.”
For more information about Music at the Intersection, visit https://musicattheintersection.org.
About Music at the Intersection: Music at the Intersection is a civic-led effort presented by Kranzberg Arts Foundation and Steward Family Foundation. First held in 2021, the festival tells the story of St. Louis’ musical, cultural and artistic heritage. It celebrates the city’s imprint on the American songbook, the relationship St. Louis has with its Mississippi River sister cities and the musical genres that have been birthed and fostered locally. Music at the Intersection gives a spotlight to national acts as well as St. Louis-based musicians across blues, jazz, soul, R&B, hip-hop, and rock and roll.