Evolution Festival Returns: STL Event Topped By The Killers, Beck, Jane’s Addiction, Blondie


Evolution Festival is back for a second year and bigger than ever, topped by The Killers, Beck, Jane’s Addiction, Blondie, and Nile Rodgers & Chic Sept. 28-29 at Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri.

The lineup features close to 30 artists, with an eclectic lineup including Killer Mike, Elle King, Todd Rundgreg, Son Volt, Pete Yorn, S.G. Goodman and still more, with this year seeing the addition of a third musical stage.

“We are thrilled to bring EVOLUTION FESTIVAL back to Forest Park for its second year,” said Steve Schankman and Joe Litvag, the festival’s producers, in a joint statement. “Building upon the success of our inaugural year, we are committed to creating a dynamic and inclusive experience that celebrates music, food, and community. We look forward to welcoming fans to what promises to be an unforgettable weekend.”

The event is produced by Litvag’s Just Listen Company and Schankman’s Contemporary Productions.

Festival passes starting as low as $129.50 for two days will be available for purchase on Wednesday, February 28, at 10:00 a.m. CST.

The event also promises the best local cuisine including well-known barbecue purveyors, visual artists, and the newest spirits.

“It’s meant to highlight and showcase St. Louis – our pillars are bourbon, barbecue and music,” Litvag told Pollstar previously. “We wanted something that St. Louis can be proud of and can show to the rest of the country.”

The inaugural event, which also took place at Forest Park in late August, featured Brandi Carlile, The Black Keys, Ice Cube, Sugarhill Gang and more, with 25,000 fans across the two-day event according to organizers.

“Building an event like this took years of planning and a tremendous amount of effort by an army of dedicated people, and we are grateful for every single one of them,” said Litvag. “We all had one vision in mind, which was to create an atmosphere that had a great vibe to make people feel welcome and part of a family. Walking around the site both days and talking to fans, the positivity was really palpable.”