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story.lead_photo.caption Styx lead singer and founding member Dennis DeYoung will headline the fourth annual Salute to America's Concert Inside the Walls on June 1, 2019, in Jefferson City.

From Dennis DeYoung, of STYX, to St. Louis-native rapper Nelly, Mid-Missouri will host an array of musical talent from multiple musical genres this summer.

Here is a look at some of the artists performing in Mid-Missouri. Find out more about these concerts and others at the News Tribune's Go! Events online calendar.


Jefferson City

Big names grace the stage of the Jefferson City Jaycees Cole County Fair each year, scheduled July 29-Aug. 3 at the Jaycees Fairgrounds, 1445 Fairgrounds Road. Salute to America also secures larger acts for its annual celebration July 3-4 in downtown Jefferson City.

Those acts have not been officially announced yet, but this year's "Inside the Walls" Salute to America concert June 1 at the Missouri State Penitentiary will feature rock legend Dennis DeYoung and the music of STYX.

DeYoung, founding member and lead singer of rock and roll band STYX, will perform alongside a six-piece band and showcase STYX greatest hits from the '70s, '80s and '90s, including "Lady, Babe," "Come Sail Away" and "Mr. Roboto."

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with the main act taking the stage at 8:30 p.m. following an opening act at 5:30 p.m. All proceeds will benefit Prison Redevelopment Projects and Capital City Salute to America Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation presenting the annual Salute to America Fourth of July celebration.

For more information, visit



The Downtown Columbia Summerfest concerts are back, including six concerts between June and early September. At Rose Park, rock band Buckcherry will perform May 31 with special guests Joyous Wolf and Decadent Nation; indie singer, musician, songwriter, poet and activist Ani DiFranco will perform with special guests Diane Patterson on June 4; Grammy-winning musician and producer Stephen Marley will perform alongside Mystic Marley on June 6; Grammy-nominated American rock band The Record Company, along with special guests Buffalo Gospel, joins the series June 13; and American roots rock band Larkin Poe will hit the stage June 16. The series also includes country music singer-songwriter Kip Moore at the 9th Street venue with Cody Jinks on June 14.

Gates open at 6 p.m. and all shows begin at 7 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit


Live music at the Lake

Some of the leading artists in country, rock and Red Dirt music will make up a summer-long concert series at Lazy Gators in Lake Ozark.

LOCASH will kick things off May 25, delivering their CMA award-winning original modern country and classic rock blend of music to fans. Country crooner Billy Ray Cyrus will take his "Achy Breaky Heart" to Lazy Gators on June 1 and perform from his repertoire of original music.

On June 8, the Lazy Gators will host Hairball, an experience complete with lights, video screens, smoke and the best hairband music of rock and roll. Hailing from Texas, The Randy Rogers band will perform music from their albums that produced seven singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

The Red Dirt Whiskey Jam featuring Wade Bowen, Stoney LaRue and Mike and the Moonpies is scheduled for July 3 at Lazy Gators, and country artist Aaron Watson will take the stage July 19. Country duo Thompson Square will perform Aug. 3. For more information or to order tickets, visit

On the other side of Lake of the Ozarks, the Ozarks Amphitheater in Camdenton will bring country, rock, alternative and other genres to its stage with some big names. The Outlaws & Renegades Tour makes a stop June 7 featuring country rock legends Travis Tritt and The Charlie Daniels Band. Special guest The Cadillac Three will kick off the show at 7 p.m. Country band Old Dominion will enjoy the outdoor amphitheater June 22 during its Make It Sweet Tour with Granger Smith, which also features Earl Dibbles Jr. and Murphy's Ford.

St. Louis-native rapper and hip-hop artist Nelly heats up the Lake on June 28 and will be joined by Chingy in concert at the Ozark Amphitheater. Country artist Gary Allan will perform June 29.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Ozark Mountain Daredevils will keep Independence Day celebrations kicking July 6. Heavy metal heavy hitters Five Finger Death Punch will perform July 16 with special guests In This Moment and Fire from the Gods. On Aug. 2, rapper Wiz Khalifa will bring his Decent Exposure tour to the Lake, featuring Playboi Carti, Moneybagg Yo, DJ Drama and Chevy Woods.

All shows start at 7 p.m., except Five Finger Death Punch, which begins at 7:30 p.m. For ticket prices and more information, visit

Shawnee Bluff Vineyard in Eldon has lined up a summer concert series for the last few years, and this year they are bringing back a few favorites and showcasing some national music treasures.

On May 31, Marshall Tucker Band will perform, and Christian country band Diamond Rio will take the vineyard stage June 14. Country music lovers will revel in the next four concerts which include Craig Morgan on June 29, Sara Evans on July 6, Wynonna & The Big Noise on July 20, and Trace Adkins with special guest Exile on July 26.

Country crooner Clint Black will perform Sept. 7, followed by another big performance from Tyler Farr on Sept. 13.

Fall brings even more national acts to Shawnee Bluff Vineyard, including 38 Special on Sept. 28 and The Oak Ridge Boys on Oct. 11.

All concerts begin at 8 p.m. For ticket prices and more information, visit


Missouri State Fair in Sedalia

Leading off the line-up at the Pepsi Grandstand at the Missouri State Fair is Dwight Yoakam with King Leg on Aug. 8. The Struts will perform Aug. 9 with special guests White Reaper.

County singer-songwriter Brantley Gilbert will hit the state fair's stage with special guest Jobe Fortner on Aug. 10, and country music artists Terri Clark, Pam Tillis and Suzy Bogguss form the Chicks With Hits on Aug. 13.

Tyler Childers will perform Aug. 14, joined by special guest Brent Cobb, and For King and Country, along with Matt Maher, will perform Aug. 15.

The last two concerts of the state fair are rock legends Foreigner with Night Ranger on Aug. 16, and country artists Brothers Osborne with Ashley McByrde on Aug. 17.

All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information and tickets prices, visit

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