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16 February 2024

Chaka Khan Confirmed For 2024 Music At The Intersection Festival

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St. Louis’ Music At The Intersection returns for its fourth year with a diverse, roots-inspired and decades-spanning artist line-up.

Headliners include multiple Grammy winning queen of funk Chaka Khan, psychedelic soul stars Black Pumas, rapper Big Boi (of Outkast), New Orleans trombonist and trumpeter Trombone Shorty, Grammy-winning jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding, funk group Lettuce, 2x Grammy winning 24-year-old jazz singer Samara Joy and St. Louis rapper Chingy. The festival also features Ferguson-born trumpeter Keyon Harrold in a new role as Music at the Intersection Artist-in-Residence.

During the weekend, more than 50 national, regional and local artists are scheduled to perform across four stages throughout Grand Center Arts District’s outdoor festival footprint – a mix of urban streets and green spaces, stretching across Washington Avenue, just east of Grand Boulevard. Tickets go on sale on Friday, 16 February at 10 a.m. Visit the event’s official website for further information.

“Last year we acknowledged 50 years of hip-hop, but we celebrate hip-hop and all of our musical genres every day,” said Chris Hansen, Executive Director of Kranzberg Arts Foundation. “This year’s line-up reflects that, with St. Louis giants, living legends and rising stars. We’re delivering hip-hop classics with Big Boi and Chingy, and new school hip-hop-meets-electronic with Jordan Ward and Mvstercamp’s DARKWOOD. If you’re into funk and soul, we’ve got the super hot Black Pumas, Lettuce, Bebe The Neo-Soul, and Lady Wray. Plus, we’re diving deep into the intersectionality of blues, jazz, funk and soul, embodied by Trombone Shorty, Robert Randolf and living legend Stanley Clark. Add in the iconic Chaka Khan, a new gospel brunch, and our own Keyon Harrold at the helm. It’s going to be an incredible weekend.”

Festival grounds open at 1 p.m. on Saturday, 14 September and 11 a.m. on Sunday, 15 September. Music At The Intersection performances will take place within that outdoor footprint until well after sunset.

With a special focus on “St. Louis Made,” Music at the Intersection pays homage to the city’s imprint on the American songbook, as well as the relationship St. Louis has with its Mississippi River roots. The festival aims to celebrate musical heritage, from the West African coasts to the Caribbean islands, up through the Mississippi Delta. Music at the Intersection honors the giants who shaped genre and sound – across blues, jazz, soul, R&B, hip-hop and rock n’ roll – as it also calls up and gives platform to a new wave of artists.

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