Heritage & Freedom Fest 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 July 3 and July 4 on the Main Stage!
- Dylan Scott
- Alexandra Kay
- Jared Hovis
- Jordan Suter
- Jena “Dusty” Mielke Fireworks Spectacular, July 3 at 10:15 p.m.
Heritage & Freedom Fest concerts are totally free! No admission ticket is needed.
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.
Generating millions of plays weekly on her videos, Alexandra Kay (AK) commands the attention of country music fans. With a voice reminiscent of Dolly Parton, Alison Kraus and Leanne Womack, AK is bringing country music back to it’s roots. Growing up about 40 minutes from St. Louis, Missouri, in Waterloo, Illinois, Alexandra began writing songs at the age of 15 as a way to cope with being a teenager, first loves and finding herself.
AK grew up with a competitive nature, learning discipline and developing her work ethic during her years of competitive softball. “Playing for a nationally ranked team for a decade the end game was always a full ride college scholarship.” Alexandra Kay turned down college scholarships to pursue a career in music. Alexandra got her start in the entertainment business booking commercials and voice over work at a young age. Performing in multiple musical theater productions, Alexandra decided to try her luck as a contestant on 'American Idol' in 2011.
Alexandra Kay started working in hip hop and R&B in early 2012. Using the platform Nelly created, AK sewed herself in to the St. Louis music scene. Working with notable STL artists such as Nelly and Huey, Alexandra created enough buzz to sign an independent record deal with Nettwork Entertainment in 2013. AK’s first single “No More” was a radio hit spending three weeks at #1 on the New Music Weekly Top 40 pop chart, also scoring at the top of Hot AC and Hot 100 charts.
Starting her country music career independently at 22, Alexandra began recording cover videos of many 90’s country music favorites and posting them on her Facebook fan page. AK quickly drew a dedicated fan base of over 400,000 followers to date on Facebook and has recently captivated a new audience of country music lovers with nearly 800,000 TikTok followers.
The young singer/songwriter has accomplished a multitude of career milestones to date. Including her appearance on NBC's 'The Voice', a starring role in the Netflix Original Series ‘Westside’ and reaching the number one spot on the iTunes country chart independently with her single “I Kinda Don’t”. Alexandra has captivated audiences throughout the world with her videos and has proven that she can turn social media recognition into an adoring fan base.
Singer-songwriter Jared Hovis is cutting a name for himself throughout Nashville’s country music scene. The Northern, California, native grew up in the rural town of Burney. At a young age Hovis fell in love with country music, which he gives credit to his grandfather. When he wasn’t strumming his guitar or tearing up some old dirt road you could find him in the woods hunting and fishing.
After attending Shasta College in Redding, California, Hovis got the chance to meet fellow musician Jon Pardi. Pardi encouraged him to pursue his dream of becoming a country music artist. Soon after, Hovis left his construction job, loaded up his pickup and headed for the neon lights of Nashville, Tennessee. Hovis still credits Pardi to this day for having a big influence on his career.
Since relocating to Tennessee, Hovis has released two singles. In his song “Comin’ Over Sober” you get a feel for his raw emotion and truth as a songwriter. Whereas his song “Bad Ole Days” his love of 90’s honky tonk rhythms is apparent. Hovis credits many of the “industry greats” such as George Strait, Merle Haggard, Daryle Singletary and Keith Whitley for having an influence on his sound. The young artist has played many of Nashville’s essential venues and has had the opportunity to open for artist’s such as Mark Wills. As a multi-instrumentalist, Hovis repertoire of skills includes guitar, banjo, piano, and drums.
“My music career has allowed me to perform on many different stages, however my biggest goal is to one day stand in the circle under the lights at the Grand Ole Opry” – Hovis