The National Blues Museum

Film & Lecture Series

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Past 2013 Schedule:

Produced in partnership with the St. Louis Public Library (SLPL), the 2013 film and lecture series will take place at the 250-seat Central Library Auditorium, located at 1301 Olive Street in downtown (unless otherwise noted). For more information regarding our series please contact All of the events are free and open to the public.

David Porter
David Porter
October 29 – An Evening with David Porter
(7 pm)

The program will feature an onstage interview with one of the most successful songwriters of the 1960s. Porter and Isaac Hayes composed more than 200 songs, including a string of hits for Stax Records’ stars like Sam & Dave (“When Something is Wrong With My Baby,” “Soul Man,” “Hold On, I’m Comin’”), Carla Thomas (“B-A-B-Y”) and Johnnie Taylor (I Got to Love Somebody’s Baby,” “I Had a Dream”). He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 and is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Recording Academy. Visit David Porter's Wikipedia page.

Robert Santelli
Robert Santelli photo courtesy
September 25 - Rollin’ and Tumblin’: The Importance of Blues in American Music History
(7 pm)

Music historian Robert Santelli will present “Rollin’ and Tumblin’: The Importance of Blues in American Music History” at the Peabody Opera House (1400 Market St., St Louis).

Santelli has written numerous books, including: “The Best of the Blues: The 101 Essential Blues Albums;” “The Bob Dylan Scrapbook, 1956-1966;” “This Land Is Your Land: Woody Guthrie and the Journey of an American Folk Song;” and “The Big Book of Blues: A Biographical Encyclopedia.” He is also the executive director of the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live.

Dr. Lauren Onkey
Dr. Lauren Onkey
August 27 – Guest Speaker: Dr. Lauren Onkey, PhD (7 pm)

As Vice President of Education and Public Programs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Dr. Onkey’s research and teaching explores the intersection of popular music with cultural studies. Her presentation “You Can’t Get There by Yourself: Bruce Springsteen’s Soul Roots,” will explore the important and often unrecognized role soul music has played in Springsteen’s sound and performance. Vist Dr. Onkey's page at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website.

June 25 – An Evening with Dick Waterman (7 pm)

The evening will include an onstage interview with Dick Waterman, noted Blues promoter and photographer who has been photographing Blues artists for more than 50 years. He is the author of “Between Midnight and Day: The Last Unpublished Blues Archive” and managed and promoted such legendary artists as Mississippi John Hurt, Skip James Bukka White, Arthur Crudup, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy and Bonnie Raitt. Visit Dick Waterman's Wikipedia page.

April 30 – “Pocket Full of Soul” (6 pm)

The film offers a comprehensive exploration of the culture, players, politics, and the music of the harmonica and includes Interviews, stories, and performances by James Cotton, Charlie Musselwhite, John Popper, Delbert McClinton, and Kim Wilson; narrated by Huey Lewis. The event will include live harmonica performances and Q&A with the film’s producer Todd Slobin and director Marc Lempert. Visit the Pocket Full of Soul website.

Terry Bean
Terry Bean Performing Feb 26, 2013
February 26 – “M for Mississippi” (6 pm)

This documentary road trip through the birthplace of the Blues was the winner of the 2009 Blues Music Award for DVD of the Year. More info on the documentary at IMDb.

In addition to the film, the evening included a performance by Terry “Harmonica” Bean, who is one of the musicians from the film, and a Q&A session with producers Jeff Konkel and Roger Stolle.

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