Country Music Under The Arch Saturday

3915 days ago.

Maybe the answer to downtown St. Louis’ crime problem is more country music?

How about we all “Tip It Back” and “Waste Some Time” on Saturday under the Arch and see how it goes? Although you may be asking yourself “What Was I Thinkin” ? when you go for that first beer.

I apologize for those last two sentences. I grew up in Troy, Missouri. The fine folks who wrote the copy for the Lincoln County Fair program played that card every year when they used the artist’s song titles to string together a brief introduction for each musical act. But really, before you go any farther, click on that link if only to just see the old-school Powerpoint looking thing complete with transitions.

This Saturday several country acts will be featured under the Arch, along with one quasi-country singer.

Zack Weber may not necessarily be “country” but he has opened for Sugarland and the Charlie Daniels Band. He was a winner in the Fair Saint Louis Music Video Contest presented by Vatterott College ex’treme Institute by Nelly. He takes the Budweiser Main Stage at 3:15p on Saturday. If you don’t want to get out in the heat that early, Zack will be playing a more intimate show at Sassy JAC’s in Soulard beginning at 9:30pm Saturday night.

Florida Georgia Line takes the stage at 4:45 pm. I saw them open for Corey Smith at The Pageant. They have also rocked the sacred home of Chuck Berry, the Duck Room at Blueberry Hill.

These guys put on a great show. Also check out “Backwoods Beauty Queen” and the song I referenced in a sentence earlier, “Tip It Back”.

You really should “Tip It Back” with a lot of water on Saturday. It’s going to be hot. . . and a regular beer is $7. Maybe this is along the same philosophy as raising cigarette taxes so high that people with common sense quit? I don’t really know, but when I saw $7 for a regular local/quasi-Belgian product when I strolled down on the Fourth, I immediately wasn’t thirsting for a beer anymore.

After Florida Georgia Line, we get Colt Ford at 6pm on the Budweiser Main Stage. Colt is a unique artist that is a little country and a little. . .rap. Check out “Cold Beer” with Jamey Johnson. It was nominated for an ACM award for “Vocal Event of the Year”. Or you could just “Waste Some Time” by watching this video of “Dirt Road Anthem”, which Colt co-wrote with Brantley Gilbert. Of course, it was then covered by Jason Aldean and it became a hit. Although, make sure you watch this video all the way for the verse you didn’t hear on the radio.

Finally, Dierks Bentley takes the stage at 8pm to bring it home. . . or ask if he’s the only one?

But really, he’ll make make you wonder and get you thinking ’bout a littlewhitetanktopsittinrightthereinthemiddlebyme. . .


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