Missouri Botanical Garden releases Whitaker Music Festival lineup

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The Missouri Botanical Garden has announced the lineup for the 23rd annual The Whitaker Music Festival. Thousands pack a picnic dinner for the free concerts held Wednesday evenings, June 1 through August 3 at 7:30pm.

Whitaker Music Festival lineup:

  • June 1: The Feyza Eren Group. Feya Eren studied classical violin for eight years and performed in several musical and theatrical productions before turning professional. Feyza sang various styles of music with many groups in St. Louis before moving to Istanbul. She was a jazz vocalist in Istanbul for 15 years. Today the group performs in the styles of jazz, bossa nova and swing.
  • June 8: The Steve Ewing Band. St. Louis based musician Steve Ewing is best known as the golden voice behind the seven piece powerhouse The Urge. Formed in high school back in late 80’s, The Urge took their eclectic mix of punk, reggae, hip hop, ska, and sent a sonic shockwave from the Midwest that can still be felt to this day. They perform alternative rock and reggae.
  • June 15: Clusterpuck. Clusterpuck is a mix bluegrass, folk, rock, and country into a hearty sonic stew. Throwing tradition aside while utilizing banjo, guitar, bass, washboard, violin, mandolin, and dobro, this local five piece group produce an up-beat, grassy energy with a little country jam for listeners of all ages to savor.
  • June 22: The Grooveliner. Formed in February 2015, Grooveliner set forth with the idea of keeping all the avenues of creativity open by not labeling themselves as a genre-specific group. With their current focus on funk, Latin, rock and soul, the group is comprised of six seasoned St. Louis musicians
  • June 29: Saint Louis Social Club. Every professional musician has a “dream band.” It is made up of members who have crossed paths for years, doing memorable shows together. They perform swing, jazz, rhythm and blues, funk, zydeco and blues.
  • July 6: Jay Farrar. As a founding member of Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt, songwriter Jay Farrar helped popularize the alt-country movement of the 1990s. He also launched a solo career during the following decade, making it plain that his musical ambitions stretched far beyond the retro-leaning twang of his contemporaries.
  • July 13: Ptah Williams. Williams is one of St. Louis’ finest jazz pianists. One of his many strengths is that he is able to shine both as a soloist and as an accompanist. As a soloist, he assumes center stage with grace and confidence and as an accompanist he supports the soloist with a style that is varied and innovative, yet never overpowering.
  • July 20: Erin Bode. The Erin Bode Group creates music forged from the Americana of its members’ midwestern roots, infused with jazz grooves and made magic by Bode’s bell-like voice. Sophisticated arrangements and attention to phrasing, both vocal and instrumental, further distinguish the band’s fresh sound.
  • July 27: The Cree Rider Family Band. The Cree Rider Family Band is rooted in a country music sound, with elements of folk, Americana and rock and roll. Known for their energetic and engaging live shows, the Cree Rider Family Band has been called a subversive country band that wears its heart on its sleeve. Cree Rider Family Band has had songs featured on television shows and independent films.
  • August 3: Joe Mancuso. Mancuso is a classically trained vocalist turned jazz singer. He studied classical voice, audio production and jazz studies at Webster University. He sings with an abundance of passion and intensity, whether singing a ballad, bossa nova, blues or swing tune and takes his audience on a dynamic, emotional ride every time.

More information: www.mobot.org/events/whitaker