Living smack dab in the middle of the U.S. of A. hasn’t given either Jason or I many feasible opportunities to attend the various music festivals that take place in other parts of the country. I won’t lie and say I don’t get maniacally jealous when I hear about other bloggers throwing parties at SXSW or my nomadic friends taking off for days to camp at Bonnaroo. Lollapalooza is a five hour jaunt from St. Louis, but it does require taking two days off of work to get your money’s worth. But, now, all that’s changing.
St. Louis is getting its very own big girl music festival: LouFest! Taking place in the beautiful Forest Park over the weekend of August 28-29, 2010, the first official lineup was announced yesterday.
Founder/organizer Brian Cohen moved from Austin to St. Louis about seven years ago, and although our city was initially only a temporary residence, it soon became his permanent home. He noticed the lack of a national music festival and quickly set to work by modeling the advantages of other fests like Austin City Limits and Memphis in May. But Cohen is determined to accomplish something unique for LouFest. “My team and I are taking ideas and themes we love from these other festivals and growing the event locally. We’ll have a lineup that rivals other national festivals in terms of quality, but LouFest will be uniquely St. Louis.”
Perhaps the most unique aspect of LouFest is its alliance with StLouisGreen.com and the mission for the festival itself to leave “little to no impact on the environment.” LouFest will be green from top to bottom with the use of recycling stations, recycled materials, and a water refill program, along with encouraging green transportation options like carpooling, bikes, and the Metrolink.