Heritage & Freedom Fest 2.0 prides itself on bringing some of the best national recording artists to the St. Louis Metro Area for free concerts. Enjoy the best in local, regional and national artists on the Main Stage!
- Dylan Scott
- See the Main Stage Supporting Acts
- Jena “Dusty” Mielke Fireworks Spectacular, September 6 at 10:30 p.m.
Heritage & Freedom Fest 2.0 concerts are totally free! No admission ticket is needed.
Listen to "Renegade"
Listen to "Come Sail Away"
Listen to "Too Much Time on My Hands"
Listen to "Blue Collar Man"
Listen to "The Grand Illusion"
Listen to "Lorelei"
Listen to "Fooling Yourself"
The six men comprising Styx have committed to rocking the Paradise together with audiences far and wide by entering their second decade of averaging over 100 shows a year, and each one of them is committed to making the next show better than the last. Styx draws from over four decades of barn-burning chart hits, joyous singalongs, and hard-driving deep cuts.
Like a symphony that builds to a satisfying crescendo, a Styx set covers a wide range of stylistic cornerstones. From the progressively sweeping splendor that is “The Grand Illusion” to the hunker-down fortitude of all that is the “Blue Collar Man,” from the majestic spiritual love for a special “Lady” to a soul-deep quest to achieve what’s at the heart of one’s personal vision in “Crystal Ball,” from the regal reach-for-the-stars bravado of “Come Sail Away” to the grainy all-in gallop of that rugged “Renegade” who had it made, the band draws on an unlimited cache of ways to immerse one’s mind and body
Styx hit its stride with guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw’s first LP with the band, 1976’s Crystal Ball, and then they become the first group to score four triple-platinum albums in a row: The Grand Illusion (1977), Pieces of Eight (1978), Cornerstone (1979), and Paradise Theater (1981). Over the ensuing decade, Styx weathered the shifting winds of the public’s musical taste, reconvening for a highly successful 1996 Return to Paradise tour that was expertly documented on both CD and DVD in 1997.
With a little help from their many friends in Cleveland’s Contemporary Youth Orchestra, One With Everything (2006) became a hybrid orchestral rock blend for the ages. And on The Grand Illusion / Pieces of Eight Live (2011), the band performed at its peak when tackling every track from a pair of their finest triple-platinum albums back to back. Not only that, but the band re-recorded two discs’ worth of its classic material with much finesse and musculature, aptly known as Regeneration Volume I & II (2011 & 2012). Observes Tommy, “Now you have something you can take home with you and go, ‘Yeah, that’s the band I saw last night.’”
After more than a decade together on the road, this incarnation of Styx is looking forward to performing as many shows as it can as long as it can. “It all comes back to the chemistry,” says bassist/vocalist Ricky Phillips. “The legacy of this band will be that it brought joy to millions of people,” notes drummer Todd Sucherman. Observes keyboardist/vocalist Lawrence Gowan, “We’ve always tried to explain why this is this happening. It’s obviously a multitude of factors, but the main one is that our show is really good! And if it’s really good, they’re going to come to see it again.”
Styx hopes it’s a wave that never crests. “Every night, we go on that magic carpet ride together,” observes original bassist Chuck Panozzo, who joins the band on tour as often as he can. “Music is this amazing force that comes from a higher place. I'm humbled for this band to have the great success that it has,” says co-founding guitarist/vocalist James “JY” Young. “We just want to keep on doing this,” asserts Tommy. “We want to let life take its course and let this music continue to be the soundtrack to it. And this band will continue to evolve as long as we live and play this music.” The jig is up, the news is out: The Esprit de Styx is alive and well, and now it’s time to see for yourself. Welcome to the Grand Evolution.
Listen to "My Girl"
Listen to "Nothing to Do Town"
Listen to "Hooked"
Listen to "Crazy Over Me"
With his romantic, PLATINUM-certified #1 hit “My Girl,” GOLD-certified Top 5 smash “Hooked,” and Top 5 breakout album DYLAN SCOTT, Dylan Scott’s transformed real-life experience into chart-topping success, sold out some of the nation’s most famous venues on headline tours, and performed for millions on national TV. And now with his electrifying NOTHING TO DO TOWN - EP, a new chapter begins.
Scott’s roots run deep in Country music. His father played guitar for stars like Freddy Fender and Freddie Hart, regaling the youngster with stories from the road and encouraging a love for soul-bearing icons like Keith Whitley, Alan Jackson and Tim McGraw. Scott was still in high school when he arrived in Nashville to chase his own dreams, but his drive to succeed was obvious from the start.
He began writing songs with anyone who was willing and hit the road hard for up to 200 shows each year. Then, after a blistering rise through the Country ranks, his bootstrap-pulling work ethic paid off. “My Girl” shot to the top of the radio charts in the summer of 2016, earning Scott his first-ever PLATINUM certification and revealing an artist with a knack for hot-and-heavy sensitivity plus a strong connection to fans, having surpassed 200 million views on YouTube alone with intense social media support.
Fans got the message, and Scott’s self-titled album debut landed at #5 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, helping boost his digital totals to over 600 million on-demand streams with sales topping 4 million to date. He made a triumphant Grand Ole Opry debut and commanded crowds exceeding 20,000 fans spanning his nearly sold-out NOTHING TO DO TOWN TOUR 2019. The addictive passion behind “Hooked” earned Scott another smash, becoming a GOLD-certified #2 and propelling him to be selected among Country Radio Seminar 2019’s New Faces of Country Music® Class of 2019 – a coveted industry honor recognizing him as one of the most promising artists of the coming year. But even amidst all that success, Scott is still looking home.
Produced once again by Matt Alderman, Curt Gibbs, and Jim Ed Norman, NOTHING TO DO TOWN - EP fuses a hard-charging romantic edge with themes inspired by family and Scott’s youth in rural Louisiana over six fresh tracks – five of which were co-written by Scott. Fusing a hard-charging romantic edge with themes inspired by family and Scott’s youth in rural Louisiana. The set delivers everything from laid-back tenderness to danceable, chest-thumping thrills.
With the album’s title track, the singer-songwriter takes a lifetime of small-town memories and puts them to verse. Co-written with Alderman and Cole Taylor, “Nothing to Do Town” celebrates the way Scott grew up – namely, making his own fun and being proud of where he came from. Chosen as the album’s first single, the up-tempo party-starter marked the biggest add date at Country radio of his career thus far, hinting at another hit in the making.
Meanwhile, more of Scott’s personal truth is revealed by the grooving “Look at Us Now,” marrying propulsive beats to a family-focused message inspired by the long-standing relationship between him and his high school sweetheart-now wife Blair.
The album also includes “Nobody,” a soulmate-soundtrack framed by piano and dedicated to significant others who can still turn heads – and the knowledge that no matter what, they’re still coming home with you. “You Got Me” comes off like a breezy, front-porch anthem, while “Honey I’m Home” takes shelter in the warmth of true love – scoring points for its chill-bump-inducing chorus hook along the way – and “Anniversary” stands out as a steamy, R&B-inflected candlelight jam, complete with silk sheets and rose petals.
Together, those tracks mark the turning of a page for Scott, an artist whose red-hot rising stock is proven by the fact he just scored his first ever award nomination – up for Best New Country Artist at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards. Things are about to get even crazier for Scott, as the dedicated father and family man can now say with certainty, he’s making his dreams happen.