3 Doors Down and Sister Hazel combine to make the gateway city’s 4th Of July celebration a rocking one.

St. Louis has always had a long-standing tradition of celebrating the holidays in style, but the fair city pulls out all the stops on the 4th of July. The whole 3-day long shindig is also free! Catering to all tastes, this year’s fair features musical acts Jake Owen, Akon, and 3 Doors Down. National Rock Review made sure to catch the latter of these shows. 

The hill known as Art Hill, in front of the St. Louis Art Museum, is the setting for this powerful celebration of America’s birthday. A quick warm-up by Eve 6, lays the foundation of the evening’s festivities.

Sister Hazel brings a bit more warmth to a 90 degree Midwest afternoon. Revisiting their past triumphs with songs like “All For You”. Furthermore, they put a nice spin on The Beatles’ “Hey Jude”, which has the noticeably larger crowd singing along. A Sister Hazel original, “Champagne High” was the perfect serenade for a sinking summer sun. Keeping up the good vibes they take it home with a medley including “Take Me Home, Country Roads” and “Sweet Caroline”.

By now the hill is filled with a few thousand folks, anticipating a great set from 3 Doors Down and they were not disappointed. The night’s opener “Still Alive” was appropriate and let St. Louis know they certainly were. The band had every opportunity to phone this show in but opted for a healthy 18 song performance.

Not releasing a new album since 2016 they did not have any trouble finding enough material to keep everyone entertained. It appeared one and all had at least one favorite song. Forging on through personnel changes, triumphs, tragedies, the band remains America’s last jeans and t-shirt band.

Lead singer, Brad Arnold still has the chops that shine brightly on the hits “Loser”, “Kryptonite” and “Be Like That”. Band members sport camouflage hats and bull riding t-shirts, giving you the impression these guys are real Americans. After a brief departure from the stage, Arnold and company return to big cheers. Arnold’s call of God Bless America launches a heavy duty two song encore. “Here Without You” and “When I’m Gone” pack a wallop that was only rivaled by the proceeding fireworks display!

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Event Date: 03-JUL-2017