(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Contemporary Productions has teamed up with open air museum Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis to produce and promote a new boutique amphitheatre music series to launch in September.
Laumeier Outdoor Music Amphitheatre (LOMA), with a 4,000-person capacity, kicks off its inaugural season September 23 with the BB King Blues Festival featuring BB King, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Joe Bonamassa, followed by The Indigo Girls with special guest Ari Hest and James Brown. More performers are to be announced.
“The performances will showcase huge names and living legends of blues and pop music,” explains Sam Foxman, senior partner, Contemporary Productions.
“Laumeier Sculpture Park merges art, nature and human experiences through its mission to initiate a lifelong process of cultural awareness,” stated Glen Gentele, director of Laumeier Sculpture Park. “We are always looking for exciting ways to attract new patrons, and music just makes perfect sense.”
“With LOMA, we are creating a place where nationally recognized musicians perform in an intimate open air setting among some of the greatest outdoor contemporary art in the country,” said Laumeier Board Co-Chair Nancy Kranzberg. “The LOMA audience will have the opportunity to experience the intoxicating energy of art, nature, and music.”
Ticket holders can relax on blankets, which can be purchased at the facility or they can bring their own. Tickets start at under $30 for general seating, and include parking. Fifty cents from the sale of each ticket will be used to fund an arts scholarship program sponsored by the Laumeier Sculpture Park. For a nominal increase, reserved VIP seating can be purchased closer to the stage, complete with VIP food and beverage concession. Concession stands at LOMA will feature high quality food, upscale wine and beer selection and picnic baskets available for purchase.
“We wanted this to be a place where people come and enjoy a performance in a spectacular space and not be over-charged,” said Steve Schankman, president, Contemporary Productions. “Ticket prices are out of control at many amphitheatres, people are ready for a change – LOMA is the alternative for music fans in St. Louis."
“For more than 25 years, Laumeier Sculpture Park has been a vibrant contributor to the community by presenting world-class sculpture exhibitions unique to the region,” stated Jill McGuire, executive director of the Regional Arts Commission. “The Regional Arts Commission applauds Glen Gentele on the announcement of the LOMA concert series. Having the opportunity to listen to great music, surrounded by amazing works of art in a beautiful setting is a wonderful addition to the quality of life we enjoy in St. Louis.”
LOMA Concert Series:
September 23 — The BB King Blues Festival
September 24 — The Indigo Girls with special guest Ari Hest
September 25 — James Brown
— Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner