Jody DomingueAustin psych-soul band Black Pumas is one of the standout artists on this year’s lineup for Music at the Intersection. The festival has evolved since its first iteration in 2021, and those who have followed its growth know what to expect: a diverse lineup of top-notch national blues, jazz, funk, soul, rock, hip-hop, and R&B acts, along with some of St. Louis’ best artists in similar genres. This year’s event, announced today, continues this tradition.

The festival boasts an impressive lineup, with heavy hitters like Black Pumas, Big Boi, Lettuce, Chingy, Chaka Khan, Trombone Shorty, Esperanza Spalding, and Samara Joy filling out the top lines. Other notable acts include Cimafunk, Lady Wray, Thumpasaurus, the Stanley Clarke Band, and more. St. Louis artists also make a strong showing, with appearances by Tef Poe, Marquise Knox, Bates and the Strangers, Blvck Spvde, 18andcounting, Dylan Triplett, and more.

This year’s theme is “St. Louis Made,” with a focus on the city’s contributions to the American songbook and its relationship with the Mississippi River. The majority of the lineup has ties to the area, and organizers have made an effort to curate unique daily experiences for festival-goers. Saturday’s programming will feature hip-hop, funk, and soul, while Sunday will kick off with a “Gospel brunch” and focus on jazz, blues, and heritage music. According to Kranzberg Arts Foundation Executive Director Chris Hansen, this move makes sense.

“We’ve learned a lot about how people enjoy this festival,” says Hansen. “While we’re building cultural tourism around Music at the Intersection, the majority of our audience is from St. Louis. Grand Center Arts District is urban-based and in the heart of the city’s Midtown, making it easy to come and go. Whether it’s for the full weekend, a single day, or just a few hours, we want everyone to see themselves here. Saturday and Sunday are distinctly different, but still connected, to give single-day ticket buyers more of what they want. And, don’t worry, there’s less overlap between stages this year too. We know some of those schedule choices were breaking hearts, and we’ve adjusted.”

Ferguson native and three-time MATI alumnus Keyon Harrold also returns this year, but not just as a performer. The trumpeter, vocalist, and composer, who is currently serving as creative advisor for Jazz St. Louis, will also be hosting a series of conversations with artists and industry professionals throughout the weekend. This year’s festival will also feature a special tribute to the late St. Louis blues legend Henry Townsend, with performances by his son Alonzo Townsend and other special guests.

Music at the Intersection will take place on September 10-11 in Grand Center Arts District. Tickets are on sale now, with single-day and two-day options available. 

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