Drew Jameson and his company, Jamo Presents, have tried to keep live music alive and well throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, the group worked with the city’s health department and health officials to organize an outdoor concert series, called “The Lot,” in downtown St. Louis for seven weeks. . This effort was followed by a list of shows at City Foundry, as well as a list of current events at Tower Grove Park.
Now Jameson is venturing into new territory, he says, while giving back to the community with a new outdoor concert series called The Lot on The Landing. Jameson says he’s excited to bring attention to parts of town that don’t get as much action as other parts – in this case, for The Lacléde landing stage (1000 North Leonor K Sullivan Boulevard, St. Louis), right next to the river.
The concert series is a joint effort between Jamo Presents and the STLMade Campaign, an initiative of Greater St. Louis, Inc. The venue will reside on property owned by Great Rivers Greenway along the Riverfront Trail, which is part of a network of greenways through three counties. .
“The Lot on the Landing concert series is another step in the next chapter of Landing as a comfortable and vibrant urban neighborhood on the doorstep of Gateway Arch National Park and downtown St. Louis,” Brian Minges, President of Laclede’s Landing Community Improvement District, said in a press release. “We are delighted that our friends at Jamo Presents are building on Landing’s unique heritage for great music.”
From September 16 to October 10, you can catch performances by artists such as Lettuce, Talib Kweli, Cherub and more. There will also be food from Sugarfire, cocktails from STL Barkeep and beer from Schafly. Jameson hopes to bring to the new event the special feelings of community he created through the Lot’s success last year.
“[The Lot] ended up being a real community building, a positive thing at a time when I felt the city was really hurting, ”said Jameson. “Coming back with the name ‘The Lot’ is a fitting time for us and also, you know, doing some good to the community again.”
One band that Jameson is particularly excited about is the Dead South, which will perform in the hall on September 25. Described by Jameson as a “viral phenomenon on YouTube”, the Canadian group performs bluegrass music. Jameson has worked with Dead South before.
“It’s just a wild time, a really good show,” says Jameson. “A little backstage, I heard them doing their warm-up songs and they play like Canadian metal music to pump themselves up to play those bluegrass hits. I love working with bands like that, it’s totally quirky and fun. It will be a very good time.
Other acts not to be missed according to Jameson include a tribute to the Grateful Dead with Keller Williams giving a bluegrass twist to the band’s music on October 1. Talib Kweli will be joined on September 18 by other newcomers for “showcase-type hip hop energy,” Jameson says. A silent nightclub ends the series on October 10.
Jameson also wants to add more local music acts to the lineup. Hopefully each show will feature a local act before the nationals take the stage.
“I think trying to integrate and carry on the roots of this thing, taking inspiration from the community and the local even though we are presenting national acts, doing my best to balance this act or this programming is important.” , said Jameson.
Safety during the pandemic has remained important to Jameson, especially as they observe the impact of the delta variant on the region. Jameson said the series will continue to evolve to remain a safe space in the face of the pandemic. Considering that Jamo Presents faced “every possible obstacle” and a wide range of storylines over the past year while hosting concerts, Jameson feels equipped to handle this series. As long as the groups want to come and it remains a safe environment for the guests, the show will continue.
The Lot on The Landing has been in the works since before the COVID-19 pandemic, so seeing it come to fruition is incredibly exciting for Jameson.
“It took something as crazy as a pandemic for us to actually pull the trigger to do it,” Jameson said. “It’s really awesome every time and it will be the biggest we’ve done yet.”
Tickets are on sale now at jamopresents.com and shows are only available to guests 21 years of age or older, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. Tickets range from $ 13 to $ 100 for VIP service.
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