Four bands with hits going back to the 1970s – including two bands whose appearances were rained out last year – will provide the main stage entertainment at the annual Celebrate St. Peters event, set for Sept. 15-16.
Celebrate St. Peters, held at 370 Lakeside Park, is the city’s annual festival and features entertainment, carnival games, rides, food plus craft and merchandise booths. Admission is free. This year marks the seventh year of the celebration.
Lisa Bedian, St. Peter’s communications director, announced the musical lineup at the city’s Board of Aldermen work session on Feb. 23. Nationally prominent rock groups have been appearing on the main stage on Friday and Saturday nights and this year’s celebration is no different.
At 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15 will be Blues Plus, followed by two bands whose roots go back to the 1970s – the Atlanta Rhythm Section [ARS] and Ambrosia.
ARS has southern rock roots and formed in 1971 with hits like “So into You” and “Imaginary Lover.” Ambrosia formed in 1970 and had a series of hit records between 1975 and 1980. Their hits include “How Much I Feel” and “Biggest Part of Me.”
Firefall will be on the main stage on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m., followed by Orleans.
Firefall, whose hits include “Strange Way” and “Just Remember I Love You” will make their second appearance at the celebration. Orleans, known for their hits “Dance with Me,” “Love Takes Time” and “Still the One.” Former guitarist, songwriter and U.S. Congressman John Hall founded the group.
Firefall and Orleans were scheduled to appear at the celebration last year but heavy rains forced the concert to be canceled. While the rain washed out evening activities that Friday, the last day of the two-day celebration did not go down the drain. Concerts featuring Rogers and Nienhaus and Randy Bachman came off as scheduled.
The turnout was not as high as anticipated but Bedian said there may have been as many as 10,000 people in the park for the main stage concerts and as many as 15,000 people visited the park that day. There also may have been some confusion because some people thought the two-day event was cancelled.
Aldermen praised Bedian, particularly Alderman Jerry Hollingsworth [Ward 2], for being able to sign major recording artists to play at the celebration. Bedian said more details about the concerts and celebration will be posted on the city’s website at www.stpetersmo.net. Bedian said she is already working on main stage acts for 2018 because the best acts often book early.