April 25, 2016

WBUR’s “Here and Now” – St. Louis Opens A Museum Dedicated To History Of Blues

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This month the National Blues Museum opened in downtown St. Louis. Unlike other blues museums, which are dedicated to a regional style or a single musician, this new museum is dedicated to the history of the blues and how it influenced music and culture across the country and the world. Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks with Dion Brown, founding executive director, and Rob Endicott, chair of the board of directors of the National Blues Museum.


April 14, 2016

National Blues Museum is Now Open

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The National Blues Museum officially opened it doors on Saturday April 2, filling Washington Avenue in downtown St. Louis with the rhythm and blues. The opening day festivities began with a musical procession from the Normandy High School marching band then a ribbon cutting. Throughout the day there was a rotation of live entertainment inside the Lumiere Place Legends Room. The new 23,000 square-foot museum includes more than 16,000 square feet of highly interactive technology and artifact-driven exhibits, an exclusive 150-seat performance area, special event space and classrooms.


April 14, 2016

National Blues Museum Opens on a High Note in St. Louis

Photographs from the opening day at the National Blues Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.

Washington Avenue in Saint Louis was filled with people for the National Blues Museum’s opening. News crews reported, cameras flashed. The mayor and Saint Louis dignitaries were there. Blues legend Bobby Rush came with all smiles, as did second-generation award-winning blues artist Shemekia Copeland. Police had blocked off the streets, smiling and clapping with the school marching band parade from the formerly embattled St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri. The excellent band even played some blues standards on marching brass and percussion. The air was electric with excitement.


April 7, 2016

A&E NEWS AND EVENTS – THE NATIONAL BLUES MUSEUM

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Arts & Education Council – April 5, 2016: If you haven’t heard the buzz about the new National Blues Museum, you’ve been missing out. It’s already at the top of to-do lists published by the New York Times, CNN and the Smithsonian. Dion Brown, executive director, says that the attention in the press sets a high bar. “But we’re up to the challenge,” he smiles. Happenings recently spent an afternoon with Brown, walking through the under-construction exhibit halls to give readers a sneak peak at the newest addition to St. Louis’s lineup of cultural gems. Prior to joining the National Blues Museum, Brown was executive director at the B.B. King Museum in the Mississippi Delta, where the blues were born. His move to St. Louis follows the same progression of the blues moving up the Mississippi, and he believes St. Louis is the ideal place for the national museum for that very reason.


April 7, 2016

Culture Calendar: 18 Things To Do This April

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Departures – March 30, 2016: One of the most freeform musical genres takes shape this month in the form of a long-awaited museum. In the shiny new 23,000-square-foot space, visitors will take a chronological trip through the history of the style from which most contemporary music would spring, getting to know its pioneers and stars and trying out lyric arrangement, recording, album cover design, and more in a range of interactive exhibits. It’s only appropriate that the museum finds its home in St. Louis: The city was a crossroads for the blues musicians of the past and the institution will provide a stage (literally, there’s a new theater) for a whole new generation of performers. 615 Washington Ave., St. Louis; nationalbluesmuseum.org.


April 6, 2016

Opening Weekend For The National Blues Museum: A Celebration Of The Rich Musical History Of St. Louis

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Alive Magazine – April 6, 2016: Early Saturday morning, an eager crowd gathered before the doors of the National Blues Museum in Downtown St. Louis in preparation for the opening. The Normandy High School marching band performed several rousing songs, livening up the crisp but sunny morning, followed by a few short remarks from Mayor Francis Slay in honor of the event. After maneuvering the crowd into a line that stretched around the building, at 10am the National Blues Museum officially opened its doors to the public.


April 6, 2016

THE SOUL OF STL: NATIONAL BLUES MUSEUM

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Town & Style April 5, 2016: -The Mississippi Delta may be the ‘home of the blues,’ but St. Louis has plenty of reasons to lay claim to the distinctly American art form, too. Many blues greats have connections here, and St. Louis has long been a stop on the blues circuit. Now, we are even more ensconced as a blues capital with the new National Blues Museum, a project that sprung from the same kind of fervor and soul as the music it honors.


April 6, 2016

National Blues Museum strengthens St. Louis’ bond with genre

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St. Louis American – April 5, 2016: “People ask ‘why is the National Blues Museum in St. Louis?’ Well, why is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland?” said Robert Endicott, chairman of the National Blues Museum’s board of directors. “It’s because that’s where people got together and decided to do it.” Actually, St. Louis’ destiny has been tied to the blues music since before W.C. Handy’s classic “St. Louis Blues” set the connection in stone more than a century ago.


April 5, 2016

We are officially open to the public!

From L-R: Dave Beardsley, Big Llou Johnson, Bobby Rush, Rob Endicott, Dion Brown, Mayor Francis Slay, and Barbara Hammerman cut the ribbon to the National Blues Museum on April 2, 2016. Photo by Peter Newcomb.

Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate our Grand Opening! The day was filled with several hundred visitors and plenty of music. As of April 2, we are officially open to the public! Our hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday, and Noon – 5 p.m. on Sunday and Monday. From November – March, we will be closed on Mondays only. You can also come by to visit our gift shop any during the museum’s operating hours. General admission is $15, but if you become a member, you can visit the museum for free anytime. Check out our Membership page to sign up. Memberships start at just $50. The Museum is also a great location to host your next corporate event, party, wedding, or special occasion. Contact Casey Jolley, our Sales & Events Manager to find out more. We look forward to seeing you!


April 5, 2016

Who Has The Blues?

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Many feel with all the negativity surrounding the St. Louis region, the museum helped shed a positive light on our city. “The museum brings such a different atmosphere to St. Louis. We offer a fun way to learn and share music”, said Casey Jolley. The National Blues Museum celebrates the genre as one of the foundations of all American music. The museum offers not just entertainment, but education as well. With high quality interactive exhibits and a state-of-the-art theater, visitors can experience the Blues in all its entirety.