Photograph by LeeAnn Gomes, courtesy Missouri Botanical Garden
Erin Bode performs at the Missouri Botanical Garden.
Yesterday's lovely spring weather (which was the perfect start to baseball season, BTW) probably has a lot of people pondering the summer concert season. If you've been in the proximity of the Missouri Botanical Garden on a Wednesday evening during the warm months, you know that the Whitaker Music Festival is a big, integral part of that.
If you haven't experienced these shows, they're a great way to hear some of the best local music talent going. Admission is free after 5 p.m, and the music starts at 7:30 p.m., but you'll probably want to get there much earlier—the lawn in front of Cohen Amphitheater is packed by 6:45 or so. If you're not taking public transportation, you may find yourself walking for several blocks if you get there right before showtime. Part of the ritual involves bringing a blanket and/or lawn chair and a picnic. (Food and drink are also for sale during the concerts.) Cigarettes (including e-cigarettes) are not allowed, and neither are grills, fireworks, or pets. Reusable picnic-ware is encouraged, and there will be water bottle refilling stations available, along with recycling bins. You can get all the info at mobot.org. In the meantime, here's the exciting part—this summer's lineup:
June 1: The Feyza Eren Group
June 8: The Steve Ewing Band
June 15: Clusterpluck
June 22: The Grooveliner
June 29: Saint Louis Social Club
July 6: Jay Farrar
July 13: Ptah Williams
July 20: Erin Bode
July 27: The Cree Rider Family Band
August 3: Joe Mancuso