Friday, December 10, 2010


In 2010, there were many arts and entertainment events that came through the STL that were promoted by national sponsors or a local promoter with bi-regional or national appeal.

Here are the Top 10 events that made the biggest impact on the city.

10. Monique's Spread the Love Tour at The Fabulous Fox by AEG Live March 26

This event took place during the height of her Academy Award win earlier that month for her role in the film, "Precious." Although OUTTOWN did not attend, we had a chance to attend the reception following her show and hundreds waited in line to take pics and get a hug from the comedian/talk show host. Her talk show sidekick Chitown comedian Rodney Perry and writer Tonex, who also performed, also was there.

9.Nelly's Black Party Tour and 10 Year Anniversary of The "Country Grammar" Album at Home Nightclub by Vibe Magazine July 23

Before the release of his latest CD, "5.0," Nelly (his first of three appearance on this listing) previewed the first single form it, "Tippin in the Clb" at this tour stop sponsored by Vibe Magazine which was a celebration of Nelly's 10th anniversary of his blockbuster debut CD, Country Grammar." It was held at the now defunct Home Nightclub in Ameristar Casino. Also performing were The St. Lunatics, and St. Louis native rappers Chingy and Gena. Hundreds attended and a couple of scuffles occurred before and during the event that quickly ended before it started.

8.Common at Celebrate St. Louis Summer Concerts (formerly Live on the Levee) at Soldiers Memorial by Celebrate St. Louis July 9

Several thousand people crowded the outside venue that spanned three blocks to attend this free event. Performing for about an hour during the organizations' newly named event following Fair St. Louis), Chitown's Common was energetic at best along with his dee-jay Grimey as the crowd-- which mixed with convention folk and out of towners mainly from Chicago-- danced and cheered on. And this year, no fireworks were displayed. Opening were STL underground rappers Nato Caliph, Rckwell Knuckels, Tef Poe and Corey Black.

7.Isaac Bruce's Retirement Ceremony at the Edward Jones Dome by St. Louis Rams Oct 31 (SEE

NOTE: There was also a private event during that Isaac Bruce Weekend that took place at Lumiere Theatre inside Lumiere Casino Oct 29 consisted of an auction with attendees which included his colleagues from the Greatest Show on Turf (Torry Holt, Orlando Pace, Aeneas Williams) and his coaches (Dick Vermeil, Mike Martz). at Lumiere Theatre and spoke at Rams Park to youngsters Oct 30 .

6.The OtherGuys Red Carpet Premiere at
Wehrenberg Chesterfield Galaxy Theatre by Sony Pictures/Z. 107.7 August 5

St. Louis was chosen from 20 cites to be the second premiere of this film (the first being New York) where its stars Will Farrell and Mark Wahlberg would attend (they arrived late reportedly). The massively attended event had its share of fanatics there (people chanting "Meatloaf" and banging cowbells) Celebrities attending were St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith and boxing promoter Don King who was in town for his event Gateway to Greatness. Mayo Francis Slay gave the two stars keys to the city.

5.The Democratic National Convention Committee Concert Rally with Chuck Berry and Nelly at Kiener Plaza by the STL Democratic Committee

July 29

St. Louis was also one of the spots e considered to hold the 2012 Democratic National Convention ( The other cities competing for the convention are Charlotte, N.C.; Cleveland and Minneapolis.)

The St. Louis Chapter of the DNC greeted the national committee who were in the city to scout an area to host it. To spark interest, there was a "free" concert (folk had to RSVP online for tickets) attended by a well mixed crowd with native rocker and city treasure Chuck Berry and a surprise performance by top bred rapper Nelly who introduced the crowd a new song at the time "Just A Dream."

4.Diana Ross More than Yesterday Greatest Hits Tour at The Fabulous Fox by Live Nation

June 6

This was a historic concert because it was the first time that legendary singer/performer Diana Ross has ever performed in St. Louis (well at least as as a solo act). The crowd consisted of the old, the young, black, white, straight and "not so straight", all came to witness the experience: The First Diva of The Rock and Roll Era. For the most part, the concert was more about Diana the Persona than the actual concert--the elaborate costumes, tousling her wild out hair and her mesmerizing stage presence. Unlike her rival , Liza Minnelli, another persona, whose set at nearby Powell Symphony Hall on June 5 which was an utter mess.

3.Gateway to Greatness by Don King Promotions August 7 (SEE

NOTE: The Devon Alexander Story premiered August 5 during Gateway to Greatness Fight Week

2.Kings of Leon at Verizon Wireless Ampitheater by Live Nation July 23 (SEE



1.Nelly's STL Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony at Blueberry Hill on Delmar by Vevo and Vitamin Water/Derrty ENT October 15 (SEE

NOTE: Hundreds attended came out with only two hours of notice.

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