For many, summertime Friday nights signal the chance to head on over to St. Peters’ 370 Lakeside Park with friends and family for food, music and end-of-the-week relaxation. Oh, and don’t forget the lakeside views of the sunset. According to St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano, the view is the “best sunset in St. Charles County.”The annual Sunset Fridays concert series returns for its 2019 season at 6:30 p.m. on May 17 and continues through Aug. 9.
Sponsored in part by Mid Rivers Newsmagazine, the free concert series features local bands, live music and food all rolled into one event.
Returning and new spectators alike will enjoy the winery-style, date-night atmosphere of the city’s Corporate Pavilion, the city’s largest pavilion space.
The pavilion seats more than 300 guests comfortably and provides easy access to a large courtyard and grassy area where attendees can set up lawn chairs and blankets.
For those that want to kick off the weekend as soon as possible, dinner options are available along with a selection of snacks and refreshments including cold beer, soft drinks and wine served by the Gator Island Grill starting at 6 p.m.
New to 2019, an outdoor kitchen also will be open inside the Corporate Pavilion to sell food to hungry visitors.
Of course, picnic baskets also are allowed but outside alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the pavilion area. Per municipal code, pets also are not allowed within the pavilion; however, service animals are welcome.
Free, onsite parking in the park’s general parking area, including two lots directly adjacent to the venue.Sunset Fridays wouldn’t be the same without the presence of local bands, and for 2019, the city has lined up old favorites and new artists – ensuring that every resident has a reason to get on their feet and dance the night away.
Concerts are scheduled to begin each Friday at 6:30 p.m.; however, attendees should note that dates and bands are subject to change. The city’s website [stpetersmo.net/sunset-fridays.aspx] and its Twitter account [@StPetersMo] will keep concertgoers apprised of inclement weather cancellations and other event information.
The tentative 2019 lineup is:
May 17 – Wade Trent [rock/acoustic]
May 24 – Zydeco Crawdaddys [zydeco/Creole/Cajun]
May 31 – The Melissa Neels Band [rock/blues]
June 7 – Acoustic Music Jam*
June 14 – Jackson Stokes [soul/rock]
June 21 – Serapis [rock]
June 28 – Three Pedros [pop/rock]
July 5 – No concert scheduled due to Independence Day celebrations
July 12 – Dawn Weber and Swunk [swing/funk/jazz]
July 19 – Cole Blue Steel [country/rock]
July 26 – The Biscuits [rock]
Aug. 2 – Oh Brother [rock]
Aug. 9 – Paul Bonn & The Bluesmen [blues]
• Acoustic Jam is part of a program offered through the Cultural Arts Centre that encourages attendees to bring acoustic instruments and play with others in a band-like setting. A variety of local musicians and instruments will make an appearance for the program.