From country rock to rock ‘n’ roll, and all genres in between, the free entertainment scheduled for Celebrate St. Peters is sure to get guests on their feet and out of their seats.
The music begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, when Rogers & Nienhaus, two world class performers that deliver a full, high quality sound, perform on the Main Stage, presented by Mid Rivers Newsmagazine and The Big 550 KTRS. The duo sings and plays multiple instruments throughout their show, including guitars, bass guitar, piano, mandolin and harmonica.
Poco, the band that rocked the festival three years ago, follows Rogers & Nienhaus.
Poco’s talented musicians successfully blended country and southern California rock with a string of critically acclaimed albums, notably “A Good Feelin’ to Know” and “Crazy Eyes.” The significance of the band in the evolution of country rock, which still influences both the country and pop charts today, can’t be overstated. The band’s exuberant, fast-paced songs, virtuoso instrumental work and tight multipart vocal harmonies make a memorable beginning to this year’s celebration.
On Saturday, festival guests are in for an afternoon of great music as the Celebrate Stage, at the new Corporate Pavilion, features popular local talent. The band Serapis, a leader on the St. Louis music scene, starts things off at noon with a performance set that includes rock, blues and reggae blended with carefully selected cover music. At 3 p.m. one of the hottest shows in town, Butch Wax and the Hollywoods with Theo Peoples, perform songs of the 50s, 60s and 70s, including Motown, rhythm and blues, and rock ‘n’ roll.
At night, the musical entertainment continues on the Main Stage presented by KSHE 95 with country-flavored rock from the band Firefall, beginning at 7 p.m. Firefall has eight albums, three of them gold and one of them platinum-plus, and put 11 singles on the charts. The group has ties with the area through the hit song “When the River Rises,” written by a band member in response to the cancellation of several concerts due to the 1993 flood waters in the midwest. The upbeat message about finding strength in adversity was first played on St. Louis radio and was used by CNN as background music for reports on the disaster.
A fireworks display over the lake follows the music of Firefall and sets the mood for the headlining act of The Burton Cummings Band presented by KSHE 95.
Burton Cummings is that rare artist who has transcended time, genres and generations with a body of work that continues to resonate with fans both old and new. With original rock ‘n’ roll superstars The Guess Who, singer and songwriter Burton Cummings scored an unprecedented string of international hit singles and albums including “American Woman,” “These Eyes,” and “No Time.” Described as Canadian rock ‘n’ roll royalty, a national treasure and a living legend, Burton Cummings continues at the top of his game as a performer, singer, songwriter and recording artist second to none.
Food vendors and concessions will offer favorite festival fare on Friday night and all day Saturday. Take advantage of the free, non-stop entertainment – grab the family and friends and join the rockin’ party by the lake.