Pre-match celebration bringing together fans of all ages to support the hometown team
General Admission tickets for the CITY Block Party’s Friday event (limited to 5,000 fans) are available to claim at no cost starting Thursday, February 23 at 2:00 p.m. (CST)
Performances by Metro Boomin, DJ Pee .Wee, Mvstermind, Kennedy Holmes & DJ Mahf
St. Louis CITY SC will host its inaugural CITY Block Party – a block-party-meets-music-festival – celebrating the team’s first home Major League Soccer match at CITYPARK against Charlotte FC. The event, which will be a preview to pre-match activities around every 2023 home game, will begin Friday, March 3 at 6:00 p.m. CST and conclude prior to kickoff on Saturday, March 4. Designed to provide fans a distinct celebration of the hometown team around home events, the CITY Block Party in Lou Fusz Plaza (located on the eastern side of CITYPARK) will include music, local food and beverage vendors, fan giveaways, games, and surprise entertainment and activities.
General admission tickets for the CITY Block Party’s Friday, March 3 event (limited to 5,000 fans) are free to claim for all ages on a first-come-first-serve basis. Beginning Thursday, February 23 at 2:00 p.m. (CST), attendees can claim their ticket, up to two per person, at www.seatgeek.com or via the SeakGeek or STL CITY SC apps. Tickets to the March 4th match are not included. (Tickets are not required for CITY Block Party festivities on Saturday, March 4.)
“It’s been an incredible journey in bringing Major League Soccer to St. Louis, and we are looking forward to bringing an immersive and celebratory event to our fans and our community as we mark the start of our inaugural season,” said Matt Sebek, Chief Experience Officer at St. Louis CITY SC.
St. Louis native and multi-platinum record producer Metro Boomin will headline Friday night’s festivities with additional performances by 8x GRAMMY Award winner Anderson .Paak, who will DJ an all vinyl set as DJ Pee .Wee; St. Louis City SC Director of Musical Experience and rapper Mvstermind; and St. Louis R&B/Soul artist Kennedy Holmes, who will also perform the national anthem at Saturday’s match. Local DJ Mahf will lead entertainment on Saturday.
“I’m excited to return to my hometown of St. Louis to perform and celebrate our new soccer team! It’s going to be a great time and I can’t wait to kick off the weekend festivities,” said Metro Boomin.
“This team and the sounds coming from our new stadium will be the heartbeat of this city,” said Mvstermind. “We’re going to have an awesome time getting the town pumped up for our first home match Saturday night. Come out and join us for some good vibes and an all around good time!”
“The city has served as inspiration for my work throughout the years, and I’m excited to bring the vibes to this celebratory event in support of CITY SC,” said DJ Mahf.
“This weekend is all about OUR city and to celebrate CITY SC,” said Kennedy Holmes. “I can’t wait to be a part of the festivities this weekend both at the game and for the CITY Block Party. It’s going to be an exciting weekend, and I hope everyone comes out to support St. Louis.”
In addition to the musical guests, attendees can participate in games including Knock ‘Em Down, Skee Ball, and a Spin-to-Win prize wheel for a chance to win exclusive CITY Block Party merch.
The announcement of the CITY Block Party comes weeks after single-game tickets for CITY SC’s inaugural home match sold out within minutes of going on sale. The larger-than-life party brings big fun for fans of all ages and is a celebration of all that makes St. Louis the best place to live and work.
Following the conclusion of the CITY Block Party, CITY SC will play Charlotte FC. The match is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. (CST).
Friday, March 3 (free admission ticket required Friday only; capacity is limited)
- Lou Fusz Plaza gates open at 6:00 p.m.
- Kennedy Holmes
- DJ Pee .Wee
- Metro Boomin
Saturday, March 4 (no ticket required; open to public)
- Lou Fusz Plaza opens at 4:00 p.m.
- DJ Mahf
CITYPARK doors open at 6:00 p.m.
- St. Louis CITY SC vs. Charlotte FC kickoff at 7:30 p.m.
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About Metro Boomin
Since 2013, GRAMMY® Award-nominated diamond-certified producer, DJ, and artist Metro Boomin has defined not only the sound, but the direction of hip-hop. With dozens of smashes to his name, his unmatched, unprecedented, and undeniable discography encompasses the quintuple-platinum “Jumpman” by Drake and Future, quadruple-platinum “Bad and Boujee” [feat. Lil Uzi Vert] by Migos, 14x Platinum “Congratulations” [feat. Quavo] by Post Malone, 9x Platinum “Mask Off” by Future, 6x Platinum “Bounce Back” by Big Sean, and many more. Working with The Weeknd, he co-produced the Billboard Hot 100 #1 hit “Heartless” and contributed three more tracks to the chart-dominating 2020 epic After Hours. Along the way, he also joined forces with 21 Savage for the 2016 blockbuster Savage Mode and its even bigger 2020 successor Savage Mode II—which bowed at #1 on the Billboard 200, went gold, and closed out the year on multiple year-end lists. Other knockout collaborative albums included Double or Nothing with Big Sean and Without Warning with Offset and 21 Savage, both of which crashed the Top 10 of the Billboard 200. In 2018, he unleashed his full-length solo debut, Not All Heroes Wear Capes, seizing #1 on the Billboard 200 upon release, reaching platinum status. The FADER hailed him as “The Most Trusted Guy in Rap,” HIGHSNOBIETY christened this era “The Boom Years,” and The Wall Street Journal dubbed him “The Rap Producer Shaping Pop Music.” Plus, he launched his own record label Boominati Worldwide in partnership with Republic Records. To date, he has received “Producer of the Year” at the BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards four consecutive years in a row (he is tied with Kanye West for having the most BMI Producer of the Year awards) and “Producer of the Year” at the BET Hip Hop Awards twice. Continuing a long creative partnership with Drake, he produced Certified Lover Boy’s “Knife Talk” [feat. 21 Savage & Project Pat], debuting in the Top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2021. 2022 saw him return to the top of the culture with his massively successful second full-length album, HEROES & VILLAINS. It bowed at #1 on the Billboard 200, Top Rap Albums Chart, and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart with the biggest sales week of his career. Meanwhile, it yielded a string of smashes. “Creepin” [feat. The Weeknd & 21 Savage] and “Superhero (Heroes & Villains)” [feat. Future & Chris Brown] each landed in the Top 10 of the Hot 100. It only paves the way for more from Metro.
About Anderson .Paak
Born Brandon Paak Anderson in Oxnard, California, as a teen he played drums in his church Band. His transformation into Anderson .Paak, with his debut album Venice and a sophomore release, 2016's Malibu met with universal rave reviews. .Paak is now an 8x GRAMMY Award winner, producer, songwriter, artist & director. Anderson released his highly regarded 2020 single “Lockdown” on Juneteenth. Inspiration for the song came from .Paak’s participation in a Los Angeles protest against police brutality. .Paak won the GRAMMY Award for Best Melodic Rap Performance of “Lockdown” and the politically charged video directed by Dave Meyers, garnered .Paak a GRAMMY nom for Best Music Video. “Lockdown” was featured on a multitude of “Best Of” 2020 lists from NPR, The FADER, Complex and President Barack Obama’s annual “Favorite Music” list. In October 2020, .Paak was named as Vans’ first ever Global Music Ambassador. The artist has an ongoing partnership with the iconic brand that includes exclusive footwear and accessory collections inspired by .Paak’s Southern California roots. His directing credits now include the highly regarded Bonnie and Clyde-esque music video for Leon Bridges’ “Motorbike.” Most recently, .Paak has joined fellow artist Bruno Mars as one half of the R&B superduo, Silk Sonic. Their debut single “Leave The Door Open” garnered over 460 million streams and 350 million official video views. The album’s November 12, 2021 release received worldwide critical acclaim and earned the duo 4 Grammys. Anderson .Paak is a multi-hyphenate superstar who will now use his platform to propel new talent into the spotlight with the creation of his very own label APESHIT teaming with UMG.
Muhammad “Mvstermind” Austin challenges the box of being a successful “Independent Music Artist” and opens up a world of creative storytelling. Through the power of music, voice, and experiences he leaves an intentional mark of community. His work has impacted MLS Franchises, as seen in RollingStone, as he is cemented in stone in his hometown as an entrepreneurial hero. Born and bred in Saint Louis, Missouri. Muhammad “Mvstermind” Austin is the new proof of concept of what is possible in your own “backyard” as a musical entrepreneur. Inspired by possibility, his distinctive approach and sound leave the fingerprints of a true “Mastermind.” As an artist, Muhammad creates music under the moniker “Mvstermind” writing, recording & producing music for the soul’s ignite with his collaborators & friends. Born in the midst of diverse musical tastes, Mvstermind fuses sounds from all genres, paying homage to his musical memories. Age 12 is when he first began to produce music. “I selfishly create music for me, FIRST” he states, music is his therapy & motivation to be GREATER, sharing his creative expressions with the world with an intention for it to serve as the same. From streaming services to Apple TV web series “City Flavor” and national stages across the country, Mvstermind’s music has the likes of NPR, Complex, & the world buzzing for more. His touring and performances have had him share stages with the greats, such as Snoop Dogg, Chance The Rapper, Lupe Fiasco, Travis Scott & more. As a producer Mvstermind has been catching the wind in the film/media world. Received recognition from the likes of the Berlin Film Festival for his involvement with “Summer in Saint Louis”. Working with collaborators such as “My friends and I” Mvstermind produces music, scores, and voiceovers, for artists, films & commercials that have touched the globe. Mvstermind’s dedicated music hustle evolved over the years and helped him develop a keen sense of business acumen. His impact along with partnerships has served as an essential component of the Saint Louis ecosystem. For instance, his partnership with Dr. Scholl’s resulted in a custom-designed “Mvstermind” eco-friendly tennis shoe, which was available in Zappos and Kole’s and is now currently sold out worldwide. Being a creative visionary and a man of his word, his business approach grew his name and impact over the years, resulting in him being able to create a 1 of its kind moment. In 2022 he was appointed The Director of Musical Experience for MLS’s new expansion team “Saint Louis City SC”. A role in which he created and pitched to the owners himself. As stated by the team’s CXO - Mat Sebek “There’s nobody better than Mvstermind,” he says. “We could have done a nationwide casting call, but he’s right here.” Here Muhammad “Mvstermind” Austin curates the franchise's first-ever musical philosophy to represent its CITY on a global scale. Muhammad “Mvstermind” Austin is a true product of his community, therefore his urge to build platforms to
assist and inspire others is purely innate. His platform “Mvstercamp” was created to enrich the artist community across the globe with programming designed to discover themselves spiritually & creatively, all while building up business acumen to be discovered. This past fall they incubated 45 performance artists through a six-day artist boot camp that resulted in a performance at the nationally recognized “Music at the Intersection” music festival. As much as Muhammad “Mvstermind” Austin believes in Saint Louis, so does Saint Louis. In 2022, Mayor Tishaura Jones appointed October 2nd to be the official “Mvstermind Day” in the
City of St. Louis... Giving proof of what we are all witnessing.
About Kennedy Holmes
St. Louis native Kennedy Holmes made her stage performing debut at age 10, as Little Inez in The Muny’s 2015 production of Hairspray. Since then, she has remained a local theatre constant with several additional performances at The Muny, STAGES, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and COCA. She has also been a member of The Muny Kids and STAGES Triple Threats programs. Ms. Holmes has performed in numerous local and national events as both a singer and stage performer. In 2018, Kennedy earned global acclaim with a breakout performance of Adele’s “Turning Tables,” headlining Season 15 of NBC’sThe Voice. Throughout a magical run to the finals of the season, audiences and coaches Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine marveled at Holmes’ talent calling her, “Quite possibly the greatest singer to appear on the show.” Ellen DeGeneres marveled Kennedy saying simply, “This girl is incredible.” Offstage, Kennedy is currently a 12th grader at John Burroughs. She enjoys volleyball, gymnastics, singing, dancing, acting and spending time with her friends and family – including her mom, dad, and older brother and sister. A true triple threat, Kennedy hopes to pursue a multi-faceted career on stage, screen and in studio but most of all she hopes to inspire. “I want everyone in the world to know, especially young girls like me, that anything and everything is possible. I’ve been incredibly blessed by my experiences and I’m going to use that to be the best that I can be.”
About DJ Mahf
STL's own DJ Mahf walks a fine line between boundary pushing turntablist and all out party rocker. Holding down countless clubs and venues around town, he has also taken home dozens of awards and been all over the world spreading his signature sound. Providing the soundtrack for the St. Louis Blues for 4 seasons, jamming with Bud Light at 2 Super Bowls, competing in top tier competitions, running successful events and tours, Mahf has seen it all!