Last year The Steam Engine had a marvelous time at the first ever LouFest and Listen Live Entertainment are working hard to make sure they top that experience this year. While no acts have been announced yet they did say there will be "bigger national headlining acts this year." Pretty exciting considering Jeff Tweedy and She & Him headlined last year (they want to announce the lineup up end of March).
This year LouFest is holding a High School Battle of the Bands contest. 12 bands will be chosen and tried until they award 6 up and coming acts with 30 minute slots. If you're a young rock and roller in the area give it a shot! Check out the press release below:
On Saturday May 7 and Saturday May 21, Off‐Broadway will host the LouFest High School Battle of the Bands. On these two nights, local teenagers will compete for achance to play the Festival. Not on the main stages, but on the side stage in AREA K(formerly known as the Kids Village). LouFest organizers will select twelve bands fromall the entries received. Then on each of the two nights, six bands will compete and three will be chosen. In all, six bands will earn a slot to play 30‐minute sets at LouFest. The competitions at Off‐Broadway will run from 5PM‐8PM each night.
From festival organizer Brian Cohen: “We’re excited to be doing this. Playing LouFest should be fun for the bands and inspiring for those who see them. The opportunity for teenagers to be part of a festival like this is pretty rare. But its something we’re doing to help nurture the next generation of musicians in St Louis.”
To qualify, band members must live within thirty miles of St Louis and the average age of all band members must be nineteen or younger. For complete details on eligibility and the submission process, visit LouFest.com/blog.