Whitaker Music Festival Schedule and Reservations


ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Weekly Summer Whitaker Music Festival concerts return to Missouri Botanical Garden after a two-year hiatus. Admission is always free but reservations are required. Spaces will remain available until the garden reaches a capacity of 5,000 people.

You can book tickets for the June 1 show from May 11. Tickets for all other concerts will be available Thursdays at noon the week before the show. There is a maximum of 10 tickets per booking.

Garden concerts are a must in the summer in Saint-Louis. Many people prepare a picnic to enjoy with friends and take a walk in the field. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Admission to the gardens begins at 5:00 p.m. and live music begins at 7:00 p.m. Admission to the Kindergarten is also free from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Whitaker Music Festival concert schedule:

  • June 1: Jeremiah Johnson Band – Jeremiah Johnson mixes southern sounds with Mississippi River blues and a touch of country flair. Emotionally charged southern blues rock fueled by the common man’s passion for life and all the struggles in between.
  • June 8: Karen Choi – Rooted in American tradition, Karen’s music explores the common human experience from a rich lyrical perspective. His latest studio release, “Lost County,” draws on the stylistic freedom that the Americana genre has to offer, rich in harmonies, multiple varieties of organ, piano and guitar.
  • June 15: Old Souls Revival – Three albums and four standalone singles in an already incredible career, Old Souls Revival is ready to rock with the best of them all. With their latest set of singles, they enter the 21st century with the honesty, simplicity and determination of the idols who paved the way for them.
  • June 22: Annie and the Fur Trappers – Annie and the Fur Trappers is an energetic traditional jazz and blues band that currently features clarinet, trumpet, trombone, tuba, piano, banjo and washboard. Annie and the Fur Trappers are dedicated to the interpretation and preservation of music from the 1920s and 30s today. The band plays traditional jazz, delta blues, ragtime and swing music.
  • June 29: Arcadia Dance Orchestra – The Arcadia Dance Orchestra is an 11-piece group led by conductor TJ Muller. Named after the famous Arcadia ballroom (“On Olive, near Grand”), the Arcadia Dance Orchestra specializes in recreating music from the Roaring Twenties of St. Louis.
  • July 6: We Are Root Mod – We Are Root Mod brings inspiration through their hip hop and soul funk-inspired music, known for its grooving, cultured, gospel-infused sounds. The group includes members who are all family who grew up playing music together in church.
  • July 13: Sweetie & the Toothaches – Specializing in 1940s-60s R&B, Jump Blues and Blues Ballads, Sweetie & the Toothaches will have you tapping your feet and shaking your hips. Get ready to sink your teeth into this hot hop blues band’s personal brand of cool smoky rhythms, sweet and salty harmonies and lip-smacking solos.
  • July 20: Mo Egeston All-Stars – Maurice “Mo” Egeston is a pianist, conductor and educator. The All-Stars have developed a unique sound around Egeston’s vocal originals and arrangements, influenced in equal measure by traditional jazz improvisation, modern soul, Latin grooves, electronic music and studio-style production.
  • July 27: The Soulard Blues Band – Formed in 1978, the Soulard Blues Band (SBB) have been working regularly in the Blues for over 40 years. SBB has produced ten CDs, including “Live in Stuttgart” which was recorded when the band was invited to play in St. Louis’ sister city, Stuttgart, Germany, for their “centenary celebration”.
  • August 3: Old Salt Union – Old Salt Union is a string band founded by a horticulturist, cultivated by classically trained musicians and fueled by a vocalist/bassist who is also a hip-hop producer with a fondness for the Four Freshmen . It’s this collision of musical styles and vocabularies that informs their new take on bluegrass and gives them an electric live performance vibe.


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