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Music at the Intersection festival returns to Grand Center Arts District in St. Louis Sept. 9 & 10

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The Music at the Intersection festival returns for the third time this Sept. 9 and 10 to Grand Center, bringing a mix of St. Louis legends and international stars to the lineup. Acts include Smino, Herbie Hancock, Thundercat, Masego, Grandmaster Flash, Tank and the Bangas, Taj Mahal and more. The two-day festival will take over several blocks of Grand Center between Grand and Leonard avenues. With four stages, over 50 musical acts, a vendor market with more than 30 artisan vendors and over a dozen of St. Louis’ favorite food trucks, this year’s Music at the Intersection promises to shine a light on St. Louis’ musical culture.

“We can't wait to get everyone back together to celebrate St. Louis, celebrate our footprint on the songbook and also show you what's next,” said Chris Hansen, executive director of the Kranzberg Arts Foundation, which hosts the event. 

This year’s event will be the first non-pandemic festival, allowing for more opportunities for visitors. “The vision for the festival was always to be a bigger outdoor footprint, which in 2022 we executed here in the heart of the grand center Arts District, and this year we’ll be expanding on that success,” Hansen said.

The Sauce Magazine food truck court, which will be at the corner of Washington and Leonard avenues, will include TreauX’s Cajun BBQ, Farmtruk, The Sweet Side, Grace Chicken & Fish, Doughboys Wood Fired Pizza, Tuk Tuk Thai, Cajun Seduction, Scoops & More, Wok & Roll STL and Juicemasters. For drinks, multiple satellite bars will be set up throughout the festival serving selections from 4 Hands Brewing Co., Urban Chestnut Brewing Co., 2nd Shift Brewing, Mighty Kind and Jack Daniels. Water refill stations will also be dispersed throughout the festival grounds.

mighty kind x music at the intersection cbd seltzer collaboration // photo by michelle volansky

The Music at the Intersection team has focused heavily on accessibility and safety. The festival will be completely ADA accessible. Portions of the festival have been set aside for cooling stations, along with wellness activities for people to decompress and get away from crowded areas. 

“It's programmed in a way that brings together people of all ages and walks of life. … It's not just a festival for one type of person,” Hansen said.

Outside of music and food, event activities include live art activations throughout the festival footprint and The Walls off Washington mural walk, activitions and activities from the St. Louis Blues and an audio-visual celebration of St. Louis and its 50 years of impact on hip-hop curated by DJ Gwiz. Initially, the festival was partnering with Sk8 Liborius to bring a skate ramp to the festival, but due to the fire that destroyed the Sk8 Liborius building, there will be a fundraiser in its place. 

There are both single-day and weekend passes available in three tiers. Starting with general admission, visitors will have access to the entire outdoor festival footprint. General admission plus allows speedier entry and access to Sophie’s Lounge, an indoor bar with unique programming geared toward vinyl and DJ culture. The VIP experience ticket gives access to everything listed previously, as well as speed passes for concessions, VIP viewing areas for all of the stages and a personal merch package. Tickets can be purchased on the website