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Open Highway Music Festival returns to Chesterfield this weekend with headliner Jason Isbell, plus local artists and vendors

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Open Highway Music Festival returns this weekend, Friday, June 16, and Saturday, June 17, at the Chesterfield Amphitheater at 631 Veterans Place Drive featuring 11 performers, including headliner Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. The festival brings two days of food trucks and Americana music to the St. Louis area. Listen to the sounds of country, roots, soul and folk as you eat your way through a fleet of St. Louis food truck favorites like Grace Chicken + Fish, Zacchi, Hi-Pointe Drive-in, and Wok-O Taco. The festival has six beverage partners including 4 Hands Brewing Co., Narwhals Crafted, Withered Oak Spirits, 1220 Spirits, Boulevard Brewing Co. and Quirk (Boulevard’s line of hard seltzers).

The festival opens at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 16, and 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 17. Attendees can float between the U.S. Soy mainstage – where the festival headliners will perform – and the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission acoustic stage, which will feature a host of local acts. 

Festival founder John Henry said, “We're really trying to grow Open Highway into a regional event … large portions of our fest are from St. Louis artists and St. Louis vendors, so the majority of what you're seeing and experiencing comes from our region.” 

Local artists performing include Matt Jordan, the Sleepy Rubies, the Funky Butt Brass Band, Beth Bombara, the Burney Sisters, Hillary Fitz and Mattie Schell. Other acts include headliner Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Blackberry Smoke, the Heavy Heavy and S.G. Goodman.

“We're providing some of the most important artists in the rock ‘n’ roll and Americana genres at an intimate venue,” Henry said. “It's a festival but you're never too far from the stage.”

For Henry, securing partnerships with local food vendors was a necessary step in making Open Highway a regional event. “We feel that being in St. Louis; there's an incredibly rich food scene and drink scene and we wanted to find a way to incorporate that into the fabric of the festival,” Henry said.  

While seated tickets have sold out, both weekend-long and single-day general admission tickets are available online at