By Mark Evans
Four new bands will join four ghosts for the 14th annual Ste. Genevieve Chamber of Commerce Summer Music Series.
The versatile group Blue Marlin will kick off the 2022 Summer Series on June 3.
Entering its 14th season, the series looks stronger than ever. In fact, the first winter musical series seems to be generating even more buzz for the summer series.
“Summer Music Series pretty much wears its own,” chamber director Dena Kreitler said. “I feel like after doing the winter musical series, there’s a bit more buzz about the summer musical series. Our ticket sales have really skyrocketed. We usually don’t sell tickets until May.
This year, however, the Silver Bullet show is already nearly sold out.
“Our ticket sales went very well. It started in February,” Kreitler said. “So I feel like there was a bit more buzz around that.”
In fact, fans should hop on it and get tickets while they can.
“Our sponsorships have increased significantly this year. That means we only have around 115 tickets available to the public,” she said. “So if people want to get their tickets or see a certain show, they have to get their ticket early. As I said, the Silver Bullet group is almost complete. If you think you’re going to wait until the first part of July to get this show, it’s going to fade away.
This year, four of the eight are back from 2021, while the other half are fresh sounds.
“We have a very solid formation,” Kreitler said. “I’m excited about it. I think it’s going to be a very good season.
Blue Marlin plays a variety of rock hits from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.
The second band to take to the historic Orris Theater stage will be ZZ Top tribute bad Trezz Hombrezz on June 10.
“They were supposed to be part of the original roster,” Kreitler said. “They had to plan because of a conflict. So technically this year they are new.
Portrait, a Kansas tribute band, will perform on June 17, followed by Styx tribute band Grand Allusion on June 24.
After taking a week off for the July 4 holiday, the series picks up on July 8 with Trixie Delight, another versatile band that has played rock hits from the 1970s through the 21st century. Two new bands will follow, Big Rigs on July 15 and Almost Famous on July 22.
The nearly sold out Silver Bullet STL will then wrap things up on July 29th.
JOIN THE RANGE
New bands this year are Trezz Hombrezz, Portrait, Big Risk and Almost Famous.
“We try to change the shows every year,” Kreitler said. “Sometimes we replace four shows and sometimes we only replace three. In both cases. We don’t like to do more than four shows. “It gets a little complicated beyond that. Generally, three is our weak point that we always like to replace.
This year, popular Fleetwood Mac tribute band Big Love were unable to attend any of the open dates.
“Ideally, we want to keep things fresh and bring in new talent,” Kreitler said. “We will occasionally bring back a former performer.”
Kreitler hopes that will be the case with Big Love, always a fan favorite here.
“It was a sold-out show the first year we had them,” she said.
While some fans would probably like to see different bands every year, maintaining a new influx of talent has kept the show fresh and growing over the years.