St. Louis CITY SC and Smino Partner on “Homegrown” Music Collaboration


Program Amplifies Five Emerging Local Artists Throughout the 2024 Season, Including a Special CITY SC Showcase at Music at the Intersection’s Friday Night Festival Kickoff

St. Louis CITY SC and St. Louis native and rapper Smino will work together on an exciting new music collaboration: Homegrown. The partnership will elevate five emerging St. Louis musicians throughout 2024 with exclusive support, including access to Smino, performance opportunities and artist profiles, as well as inclusion in a special Friday night showcase as the kickoff to St. Louis’ premier music festival, Music at the Intersection.

“St. Louis’ distinct energy is led by the creators, thinkers, builders and doers who are propelling our CITY forward,” said St. Louis CITY SC’s Chief Brand Architect Lee Broughton. “Smino is a direct reflection of this spirit, and it is an honor to team up with him on Homegrown to bring more awareness to the massive amounts of talent we have here in St. Louis and amplify these local musicians as they continue to grow their crafts and make waves in our community and beyond.”

As part of the initiative, the Homegrown artists will take part in a discovery session with Smino, where he will provide valuable insights and expertise on how they can continue to build their careers and grow their art; perform at a 2024 CITY Block Party, the free concert series hosted by CITY SC on home matchdays; perform alongside a TBA headliner at the CITY SC-sponsored Music at the Intersection festival kickoff at The Big Top on Friday, Sept. 13; and be featured in CITY SC-led spotlights.

Handpicked by Smino, the Homegrown artists who cut across various musical genres include:

  • Brock Seals: A muralist, songwriter and rapper, Brock Seals’ honest lyrics and willingness to challenge the status quo has garnered a loyal following in his hometown and beyond. @sealsbrock
  • Hazmat: An all-female band whose pop-punk sound is a potent mix of raw emotion, infectious energy, and deeply personal lyrics, Hazmat draws inspiration from artists such as Paramore, Blondie, The Runaways and Bikini Kill. @hazmatstl
  • Lani Rose: Otherwise known as Myles Anderson, Lani Rose is a self-produced songwriter and storyteller whose goal is to share his story with the world through music. He hopes his vulnerability, raw lyrics and sounds inspire his audience. @itslanirose
  • Matt Jordan: A country artist making waves with his high-energy live shows and a heartland-rock-meets-country sound, Matt Jordan has garnered attention from Rolling Stone Country, CMT, Taste of Country and more, and released his second album “Low Lights” in February 2024. @mattjordanmusic
  • Tonina: An accomplished vocalist, bassist and songwriter whose musical upbringing resulted in an innate sense of rhythm, captivating melodies, extraordinary vocal prowess and profound song interpretation, Tonina’s sound spans multiple genres and is deeply influenced by her Black and Sicilian heritage. @iamtonina

Like CITY SC, Smino is committed to St. Louis and helping his hometown. The Homegrown collaboration comes on the heels of his annual “Kribmas” benefit show in December, which raised funds to give back to the community.

“These artists are super talented and represent the many sounds of St. Louis. All bring the good energy and vibes,” said Smino. “Music is my life, and it is important to me to support my krib, give back and inspire. Working with CITY is really special, and we will give these artists a new platform as they rise up in the music world.”

“CITY SC is a celebration of St. Louis, showcasing all of the remarkable attributes of our region like our people, our food, our art and our music,” said Matt Sebek, St. Louis CITY SC’s Chief Experience Officer. “With the help of Smino, this year we are raising the bar in our support of local artists and are pledging to continue to be unapologetically St. Louis.”

Smino will headline the free CITY Block Party on Saturday, Feb. 24, the club’s MLS home opening day. The Block Party begins at 4 p.m. on Lou Fusz Plaza, and will also feature Bo Dean and DJ Sol.

Music at the Intersection

Earlier this month, Music at the Intersection (September 14-15) announced its fourth annual lineup, featuring 50+ artists – including Black Pumas, Chaka Khan, Big Boi and Trombone Shorty – across four stages. The music festival takes place just blocks west of CITYPARK in the Grand Center Arts District neighborhood. New for 2024, Music at the Intersection is adding a special Friday night kickoff at The Big Top in partnership with CITY SC. The event will feature a TBA headliner in addition to CITY SC’s five Homegrown artists.

“Music at the Intersection pays homage to our city’s storied imprint on the American songbook, while also giving platform to a new wave of St. Louis artists,” said Chris Hansen, Executive Director of Kranzberg Arts Foundation. “CITY SC’s commitment to elevating and celebrating local talent aligns seamlessly with our long-term artistic and cultural vision. We’re proud to partner on Homegrown, alongside 2023 festival alumnus Smino, throughout the soccer season, culminating in what’s bound to be an incredible festival kickoff concert in September.”

Additional details, as well as ticketing information for Music at the Intersection’s kickoff at The Big Top, will be announced at a future date.