Midwest Salute to the Arts Festival: August 25th-27th

August 25th

Friday Night Entertainment:

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM:

Rogers and Neinhaus

Two exceptional musicians with a lifelong career of performance on the world stage, ROGERS & NIENHAUS are just that.....world-class!!! With pristine harmony and searing instrumentation, they are truly a 'not to be missed' act, whether performing as a duo or with The ROGERS & NIENHAUS Band. Terry Jones Rogers & Scott Nienhaus have been performing together since meeting in Nashville,TN in 1993, when Terry invited Scott to join the newly formed group, The Byrds Celebration, along with Byrds alumni Skip Battin and Gene Parsons. Both Terry and Scott had storied pasts when they began their long career working together; Terry's Macon,GA roots, recording at famed Capricorn Records Studio with The Pound & Rogers Band and touring the world fronting The Byrds with Michael Clarke; and Scott's St. Louis,MO roots with his band, Blueberry Hill Records recording artists Acousticity, and touring the world with The Nicolette Larson Band. Now based out of the St. Louis Metro area, ROGERS & NIENHAUS have become local favorites with their fiery performances and flawless harmonies, as well as performing national and international engagements.

August 26th

Saturday Night Entertainment:

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM:

Jenny Roques & Matt Pace


10:00 AM - 12:00 PM:

Live Remote by Julie Tristan

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12:00 PM - 2:00 PM:

Acoustic Edge


2:00 PM - 4:00 PM:

Louis Michael


6:00 PM - 8:00 PM:

Empire Soul


Empire Soul began March of 2017 and has not slowed down on taking the live music scene by storm. The inception of "We are Empire Soul The Band" was influenced by a Facebook fan choice poll of favorite musicians. Empire Soul has created a well-known name in such a short period of time through chemistry and determination.
Smooth, soulful and dynamic is the best way to describe the sounds of Empire Soul. The band was the brain child of lead vocalist Soulo and was brought into fruition by manager Randall “Smoove” Evans. Soulo is an elite member of the music industry in his own right with both song writing and production credits. The band is made up of eight members, each of whom bring their own style and leadership to the band: Lyric (male lead vocalist) Jzanell (female lead vocalist), Lauren (background vocalist) RJay (keys), Brandon (drums), Reuben(guitar) and JP(bass). The Empire soul music group is managed by Under the Hard Ink LLC music production/ entertainment company.
This super group has been humbly influenced by Motown artists and powerhouse rhythm and blues bands including Frankie Beverly and Maze and The Gap band with other R&B influences like Maxwell, Alicia Keys, Jill Scott and Bruno mars. Empire Soul is on a fast track to becoming a fan favorite throughout the area. You can find this band performing in venues ranging from weddings, concert halls, night clubs to a host of other events. Find Empire Soul on social media at Facebook: We R Empire Soul , Instagram: WerEmpireSoul, snapchat: empiresoul1, Twitter: @empiresoulband1.


August 27th

Sunday Entertainment:

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM:

Mike Snodgrass


1:00 PM - 3:00 PM:

Billy Barnett Band


3:00 PM - 5:00 PM:

Autumn's Child


Kid's Entertainment

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM:

Stories 'n Stones

Award-Winning Experimental Archaeologist, Larry Kinsella and his wife Storyteller Marilyn Kinsella, life-long residents of Fairview Heights, combine their talents to produce informative, entertaining, hands-on programs for schools, libraries, museums, and special events around the Midwest. Their program starts with Marilyn telling a riveting, adventuresome story that has bows and arrows, atlatls and spears, stone axes and other stone implements in the telling. Then, Larry demonstrates the stone tools he made and experimented with over the last 35 years. Since the original “Stories ‘n Stones,” presented in 2002, they have developed ten other variations. For more information go to www.marilynkinsella.org and “Stories ‘n Stones.”

Marilyn Kinsella, Taleypo the Storyteller, of Fairview Heights, IL, has been telling stories since 1981. She tells stories “…from nursery schools to nursing homes.” Her folktales come from many cultures, but her favorite stories are those she wrote about growing up in her small, Mid-western town – “Fair Views from Old Fairview.” Her stories are full of energy and a delicate blend of action and word imaging. As a full-time, free-lance teller she travels to where stories want to be told. Besides telling, she is a writer, published author, and keeper of memories. She has told stories to hundreds of schools in the Midwest and has been featured at many festivals including The St. Louis Storytelling Festival, The Celtic World Festival in Ohio, the Kansas City Story Celebration, and The Illinois Storytelling Festival. For more information visit her website at www.marilynkinsella.org

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