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Peter Porcelain and the American Standard – Saturday August 12 MATINEE


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Kick off your Saturday with the unique sounds of Peter Porcelain and the American Standard! Their inspiration is drawn from all types of music including : folk, bluegrass, funk, and blues. The sound is unique, with a string band setup bouncing from genre to genre with fun songwriting, effects and improvisation.

Doors open at 1pm. Music begins at 1:15pm.  Cash bar open, lunch options available for purchase at the Food Hub and Into the Blue Pizza Truck. 


Peter Porcelain and the American Standard was born in the midst of the initial Covid outbreak. Phil Sgambelluri (Bass) and Tim Bearden (Guitar/Vocals) met in Quincy, IL while kind of attending college. They began playing Tim’s original tunes around town and the two of them stayed pals after the two relocated. After spending years in Springfield Phil moved to Edwardsville, IL to finish up his Education Degree at SIUE. Phil and Tim caught the eye and ear of Matt Gadeken of Clusterpluck (violin/mandolin) at the illustrious Stagger Inn where they formed PPAS. Shortly after, Matt invited Drew Lance of One Way Traffic and Hilary Fitz Band (Drums/Percussion/Vocals) to sit in for a gig and he didn’t miss a beat.

The fellas have been staying busy playing their uplifting original music around the greater St. Louis area.


Our music festival weekend is back for it’s THIRD year, featuring some returning classics, new national darlings, and a special Sunday matinee perfect for the whole family! Join us Friday night as we welcome Canadian folk rock band Great Lake Swimmers to the Gardens for the first time, sharing their critically acclaimed indie rock sounds. At Saturday’s matinee we’re shaking things up with bluegrass string band Peter Porcelain and the American Standard! Saturday evening we welcome back festival favourite John McDermott and band for his soulful Celtic ballads, and Sunday’s matinee brings some fun for the whole family with comedy magic duo Brent & Sarah! Finally, we close out the festival Sunday evening with Susan Aglukark, who brings her unique blend of Inuit folk music traditions with country/pop songwriting.