5:00 – 5:15 p.m.: House music
5:15 – 6:15 p.m.: Annika Chambers
6:15 – 6:45 p.m.: Announcements / House music
6:45 – 8:00 p.m.: Marcia Ball
Children of all ages are welcome at Blues at the Arch Festival! The Kids Korner will feature a musical "petting zoo," coloring activities and more!
A musical petting zoo is an assortment of real instruments that you can pick up and try out. You can learn the names of the instruments and what instrument family they are a part of. This activity is for all ages. It is never too late to explore the joy of music and pick up an instrument!
Booze @ Blues
Featuring local craft beers from Brewer's Heritage and specialty cocktails from STL Barkeep.
We're teaming up with Soulard Mardi Gras and STL Barkeep to celebrate local craft breweries and specialty cocktails at Blues at the Arch Festival -- because what could be more St. Louis than blues, booze and the Arch?
At two special Brewers' Heritage areas flanking the stage, you can purchase craft cocktails from STL Barkeep and single-serve beers from Rockwell Beer Co., Urban Chestnut Brewing Co., and Anheuser-Busch Research Pilot Brewery. You can also purchase a strip of five drink tickets for a discounted price. The special craft beer selection pays homage to St. Louis’ legacy as not just a blues city, but a brewery city, as well.
The History of Beer at the Park
Many advancements in brewing occurred on what is now Gateway Arch National Park. In fact, the beginning of the Lemp Brewery was located on 2nd Street between Walnut and Elm, and was cleared to make way for the park. It is quite possible that the first lager beer in St. Louis, and perhaps America, was developed on that site. In addition, the site of the first Lemp Brewery was purchase from James Clemens (second cousin once removed of Samuel Clemens, also known as Mark Twain).
“Fifty years have passed in a flash,” says Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist, songwriter and vocalist Marcia Ball of her long and storied career. Ball, the 2018 Texas State Musician Of The Year, has won worldwide fame and countless fans for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she takes the stage.
ANNIKA CHAMBERS, like so many powerful vocal artists, can trace her love of music back to early childhood. “I grew up singing in the church,” she says. Not that she had to tell us. Citing the gospel influences of Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, Dottie Peoples and Whitney Houston, you can’t help but feel the Spirit moving through the entire room when Annika throws herself into the heart of a song.