Concerts Coming to STL in 2018

Go into the new year with a plan to get out and do fun things!  Concerts are a great thing to do with friends or family that provide fun memories.  If you don’t know which artists and bands are coming to St. Louis in 2018, check out the article below!

A peek at 12 must-see St. Louis concerts in 2018

By Kevin C. Johnson St. Louis Post-Dispatch Dec 29, 2017

Here are a few must-see shows from the long list of concerts coming to town in 2018:


U2. Photo by Will Heath/NBC

8 p.m. May 4 at Scottrade Center ($41-$425, • The cancellation of U2’s September show at the Dome at the America’s Center was followed just two months later by news of a new U2 tour. Two major differences: The show will come to Scottrade, and instead of “The Joshua Tree Tour,” U2 fans will get the “eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour 2018.”

Kenny Chesney •5 p.m. July 21 at Busch Stadium ($63.50-$259.50, • Busch Stadium hasn’t hosted country music — until now. Country superstar Kenny Chesney’s “Trip Around the Sun Tour” comes to the ballpark with Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion and Brandon Lay.

Sam Smith

Sam Smith

8 p.m. Aug. 17 at Chaifetz Arena ($48-$125, • Sam Smith’s mopey love songs again will fill Chaifetz Arena, this time for his “The Thrill of It All Tour.” Given how quickly acts catapult into larger venues these days, it’s surprising Smith is making a second appearance at Chaifetz.

Taylor Swift

7 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Dome at America’s Center ($46-$496, • Are you ready for it? Taylor Swift descends upon the Dome at America’s Center in the fall with her “Reputation” stadium tour.


7 p.m. March 2 at Chaifetz Arena ($49.50-$99.50, • Lorde brings her “Melodrama” album and more to Chaifetz Arena in a real get for the venue. We wouldn’t have predicted Run the Jewels in the opening slot if given a hundred guesses, but we love it.

Tiffany Haddish

This image released by Universal Pictures shows Tiffany Haddish in a scene from “Girls Trip.” Haddish stole the whole of “Girls Trip” right out from under her more famous counterparts as the bawdy, take-no-prisoners Dina. (Michele K. Short/Universal Pictures via AP)

7 and 10 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Pageant ($45-$55, • Despite her time on NBC’s “The Carmichael Show,” most of the world didn’t know Tiffany Haddish before her breakout role in “Girls Trip.” But the movie has made her the talk of some awards circles.

Ed Sheeran • 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at Busch Stadium ($39-$119, • The cancellation of September’s sold-out Ed Sheeran concert at Scottrade Center was a big blow; little did fans know at the time that the star was on the verge of announcing his 2018 stadium tour, which includes a show at Busch.

Trevor Noah • 7:30 p.m. May 11 at the Peabody Opera House ($42-$92, • Following a sold-out show in April at the Touhill Performing Arts Center, “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah is back for more laughs and insight.

Jethro Tull • 8 p.m. June 19 at the Fox Theatre ($35-$195, • In February, Jethro Tull celebrates 50 years together. The legendary group released its debut album, “This Was,” in 1968. The anniversary tour promises “surprise virtual guests.”

The Killers  8 p.m. Jan. 19 at Chaifetz Arena ($25-$95, • Rock band the Killers will jumpstart the 2018 concert season with its “Wonderful Wonderful Tour” with Alex Cameron. In addition to its “Wonderful Wonderful” album, the band also recently re-released four albums on vinyl.

Big K.R.I.T. and Ty Dolla $ign • 8 p.m March 16 ($25-$125, and 8 p.m. March 10 ($29.50-$35, at the Ready Room • These two shows are bound to go down as hip-hop highlights. Big K.R.I.T.’s new album includes contributions from T.I., Jill Scott, Bun B, Bilal, Keyon Harrold and others; his “Heavy is the Crown” tour features rapper Cyhi the Prynce. Ty Dolla $ign’s new album is “Beach House 3,” featuring Pharrell Williams, Lil Wayne, Tory Lanez, YG, Wiz Khalifa, Future and more.

Pink • 7:30 p.m. March 14 at Scottrade Center (sold out, • Here’s what we know about Pink’s “Beautiful Trauma World Tour”: She’s going to do a lot of high-flying stunts while belting out her hits. It wouldn’t be a Pink tour without that. Pink’s latest album is “Beautiful Trauma,” which includes “What About Us” and “Whatever You Want.”



Foodies Should Visit St. Louis!

St. Louis was recently ranked at #17 on the “most exciting food cities in America” list!  We think that that is something worth sharing because St. Louis is typically not thought of when considering foodie-worthy cities.  Check out the article below that explains how we got on the list, and mentions some restaurants worth visiting.

Yes Indeed, St. Louis Is One of the Most Exciting Food Cities in the U.S.

Posted By on Thu, Dec 21, 2017 at 6:55 AM

Mabel Suen

Hi-Point Drive-In: monstrously good.

The national buzz just keeps coming for the St. Louis food scene — now Zagat thinks we’re awesome too.

In a roundup of the 30 “most exciting food cities in America,” the Google-owned site placed St. Louis at No. 17 — ahead of heavyweights Minneapolis and Nashville and just two spots behind New York City. Hot damn!

Writes Zagat,

This year, chefs in The Gateway City prove there’s no place like home. Vicia — the year’s biggest opening and a Bon Appétit best new restaurants finalist — brought chef Michael Gallina (previously Blue Hill at Stone Barns) back to his hometown, and NYC’s Danny Meyer makes a homecoming of his own with the opening of the state’s first Shake Shack.

The item also praises Balkan Treat Box, Guerrilla Street Food, Nudo House, Nixta, Hi-Pointe Drive-In and Mac’s Local Eats (all of them the recipients of raves from the RFT, thank you very much).

And special mention goes to chef Mike Randolph, the only chef with two spots to make the list, along with newcomer Logan Ely: “Local chefs are working to present elevated concepts in an accessible way, like Privado from chef Mike Randolph (Público, James Beard semifinalist), serving intimate tasting menu dinners twice a week, and Square1 Project, a pop-up concept at a secret location from St. Louis native Logan Ely.” Yay, team!

It’s worth noting that many of the same places were also featured in Food & Wine‘s recent plug, which argued that the St. Louis restaurant scene is “seriously good right now.” If the national experts keep saying it enough, do you think all those nattering nabobs lurking in local comment sections might finally start believe it? Hey, a civic booster can dream!

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Could Baseball Games Be Shorter in Duration?

As with any other professional sport on television these days, baseball games seem to be getting longer and longer. Just recently one of the the World Series games involving the Dodgers and the Astros lasted more than five hours long (mostly in part to extra innings). However, baseball officials have begun to notice how long games get, and are talking about ways to change the pace of play so that games are shorter. If new rules were to go into effect, we could see shorter St. Louis Cardinal games. Do you think this is a good or bad idea? Learn more by reading the article below.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. • Baseball’s pace of play, tedious to the commissioner, a good portion of executives and probably fans, was discussed to a large extent at the general managers’ meetings which concluded Wednesday.

While there were no substantive decisions reached on that issue or any other, Dan Halem, Major League Baseball’s chief legal officer, reported that proposals have been exchanged with the players’ association regarding recommendations on how to speed up games, which now last more than three hours on the average.

Halem said such aspects as a pitch clock, visits to the mound and broadcast breaks between innings were among the items discussed relative to pace of play. He said that by mid-January there likely would need to be an agreement not only with the players but with the umpires’ association to implement changes for next season.

“We have a ways to go,” said Halem. “We’re going to be busy with that topic over the next few weeks. The focus really is on eliminating dead time in the game. Where we end up, I don’t know.”

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, a member of baseball’s competition committee, was involved in talks the last two days, much of it dealing with pace of play. “We’re trying to continue to keep our fan base engaged,” said Matheny.

With home runs smitten at a record pace, the composition of the baseballs also is being reviewed, said Halem. “Like the commissioner (Rob Manfred) said, the baseballs tested this season were within range,” said Halem. “That being said, it is an issue that has generated a lot of discussion so we are thoroughly reviewing the entire testing process to determine whether changes should be made.”


Bringing More Students to Mizzou

All universities want students to want to attend their campus. Therefore, schools will do a variety of things to be appealing to students across the country (and even globe). One thing universities will offer are scholarships. Mizzou’s new chancellor has announced new scholarships that will be available to out-of-state applicants in hopes of bringing students to Mizzou. We think this is a great thing because more students at Mizzou means more chances for graduates to live and work in the area!

ST. LOUIS • Celebrating 100 days in office — well, technically 107 days — University of Missouri-Columbia Chancellor Alexander Cartwright announced two new scholarship efforts to bring more students to Mizzou.

The first change is to a scholarship fund that offers extra dollars to out-of-state students who are the children of alumni.

That program was previously limited to students with ACT scores of 27 or higher. They were eligible to receive in-state tuition, a saving of about $15,000.

Now, under the newly-named “Black and Gold Scholarship,” out-of-state, legacy students with ACT scores of 25 and 26 will also get some financial help, $7,500, to be exact. 

The second program Cartwright announced Wednesday is the “Missouri Border State Scholars Award,” which offers  discounted tuition to students who live in any of the eight states that border Missouri. That program reduces the cost of out-of-state tuition for undergraduate students by $2,500.

Pelema Morrice, Mizzou’s vice president of enrollment, said in a statement that these programs will help Missouri’s flagship university be more competitive.

Several other states, including Arkansas, offer discounted tuition programs to out-of-state students who qualify based on test scores and grade-point averages.

About one-third of Mizzou’s students are from out of state. Around 1,500 of those students each year become in-state residents after meeting requirements set by the university.

These new programs build on several announcements since June aimed at reducing costs for in-state students, particularly those who come from low-income households. Two weeks ago, the university said it was cutting the cost of living in certain dormitories on campus.

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