BMI Tunespeak Stage A Highlight Of LouFest

Jonny P shows some soul on the BMI Tunespeak stage. Photo: Jason Gonulsen

BMI returned to LouFest last weekend for its fifth year of showcasing music’s hottest up-and-coming acts at the St. Louis festival. This year’s festival was attended by record breaking crowds, many of whom gathered at the BMI stage for performances from a stellar lineup of BMI artists including Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Lizzo, local favorites 18andCounting and Lollapalooza’s BMI stage veteran Ron Gallo.

In addition to the weekend’s performances, BMI also commemorated the weekend in a special way honoring the legacy of Chuck BerryPrior to the festival’s star-studded Chuck Berry tribute, BMI Nashville’s Senior Director of Writer Publisher Relations David Preston presented Berry’s wife with three MillionAir awards.

Ron Gallo keeps it cool at the BMI Stage at LouFest. Photo: Jason Gonulsen

Charles Berry Jr. and Mrs. Chuck Berry accept three MillionAir awards on behalf of Chuck Berry from BMI’s David Preston

Pictured (L-R): Tunespeak’s Caitlyn Dum, Beau Dillard and Tom Pernikoff, BMI’s Nina Carter, Starwolf and BMI’s David Preston and Branden Bosler. Photo: Jason Gonulsen

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