Main Stage on July 4

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!

  • Styx
  • Apex Shrine
  • Hounds
  • Dazed and Confused
  • 135th Army Band
  • Jena “Dusty” Mielke Fireworks Spectacular, July 4 at 10:15 p.m.

Heritage & Freedom Fest concerts are totally free! No admission ticket is needed.


Styx

Styx logo

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.


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Apex Shrine

Apex Shrine is a hard rock band from St. Louis, Missouri, whose particularly energetic barrage could be defined as “classic rock groove and sensibility with modern structure and punch.” An expansive lineup of past rock and blues greats provides the inspiration for their music, while modern psych/pop and alternative rock methodology helps define the overall sonic shape. Regularly gigging around St. Louis at venues such as The Duck Room, The Old Rock House and The Ready Room, these scruffy, paisley-clad plebeians belt anthemic harmonies and grace the stereo image with crunchy, Marshall-ified guitar sparkle and a steady, driving thump to back it up.

Brothers Jack and Dan Eschmann hold the songwriting, vocal and guitar duties while Brandon Pesek and Kevin Payne handle bass and drums, respectively. The boys are thrilled to have found themselves as a leading voice in the St. Louis garage and hard rock scene, continuing to flourish in their established identity while pounding out new material onstage to the waiting ears of a growing fan base.

  

Some of that new stuff is in the works as you read (upcoming second full-length album Apex Shrine to be released in 2020. Stay tuned!). But for a glimpse at how they’ve so far managed to squeeze this all together, check out their homemade debut, the aptly titled 'Home Baked.'


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Hounds

From sibling connections and childhood friendships to boy band grooming and road-weary touring, the story of the St. Louis-based quartet Hounds, just may be the epitome of rock-and-roll success in the 21st century.

As highschoolers, Jordan Slone and his younger brother, Logan, assembled their first working group, recruiting longtime friend and drummer Logan Mohler to form Clockwork in 2010. Within two years, they were touring clubs and making festival appearances throughout a 30-state region, supporting notable artists such as Blues Traveler, Andy Grammer, and O.A.R.

The group’s style began to divert toward pop-centric, leading Logan Slone to branch off, and Jack McCoy to join as the band’s new bass player. It wasn’t long before Clockwork became Hounds, and adopted a more aggressive brand of rock, laced with rich and resounding harmonies, that they infused into their newly released self-titled LP of tracks.

  

The three triumphed in TopGolf’s national band competition, Who Will Rock You?, scoring an artist development and album deal with major label BMG.

Logan Slone was welcomed back into the band, finding his place as the ensemble’s keyboardist. Built on vibrant, ringing harmonies and concentrated, muscular riffs, the four crafted a forward-moving, immediate, and pulsing collection of songs ranging from greasy rumble-seat rock to up-to-the-minute, angst ridden modern musings.