July 4, 2016

National Blues Museum Reports Superb Opening Months


ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Not even three months after the National Blues Museum opened in St. Louis, well over 11,000 people have passed through the museum on Washington Avenue, according to executive director Dion Brown. That’s pretty much in line with what they were hoping for, Brown says, especially with tourism season just getting started. “To have that kind of number, that early on, was something to be looking forward to on our projections, that, now that we are in travel season, tourist season, school’s out,” he says.

July 4, 2016

Inaugural Blues at the Arch Concert Series to Celebrate New Era for Gateway Arch Grounds


After more than two years of renovations, the Gateway Arch grounds are finally set to host their first event with a whole new look. The impending completion of the landmark’s $380 million renovation will be celebrated with another piece of history that has strongly shaped St. Louis’ culture: blues music. The National Blues Museum and the CityArchRiver Foundation are collaborating to make the very first Blues at the Arch Concert Series a memorable one. The three-week long concert series will be held on Friday nights from 5 to 8:30 p.m., starting August 12, and is free of charge to all attendees. It will take place in Luther Ely Smith Square and Park Over the Highway, portions of the Gateway Arch renovations that have already been completed. The lineup boasts local and national blues acts, including Mr. Sipp “The Mississippi Blues Child,” fresh off his Blues Music Award for Best New Artist and what is sure to be a successful European tour. Other acts include local gems Phi, Marsha Evans & the Coalition and Skeet Rodgers & the Inner City Blues Band. Along with the talent, there will be food and drink vendors such as Sugarfire Smoke House, Taze Mediterranean Street Food and many more.

July 4, 2016

Somethin’ about the blues — National museum calls region home


Blues have played a huge role in the development of American music. But until recently, there was no one place that people could go to research, experience and “live” the blues from its beginnings in West Africa to the present. The $14 million National Blues Museum, opened this spring in Downtown St. Louis, is all-encompassing, offering more than some blues museums that focus on a specific region or musician. Its goal is to tell the whole story. Located on Washington Avenue in the Mercantile Exchange or MX entertainment district, the museum’s energy can be felt inside and out, with outdoor speakers that draw in passersby, and its 23,000-square-foot interior, full of entertainment and performance areas and 16,000-square-feet of exhibit space. Founding executive director of the museum, Dion Brown, was formerly the executive director of the B.B. King Museum in Indianola, Mississippi.

July 4, 2016



Legendary bluesman, Bobby Rush, known as King of the Chitlin’ Circuit shares intimate details of touring the club circuit during the 1950’s. Mr. Rush also reveals the shocking truth of how African American talented musicians and brilliant performers were treated at other performance venues outside of the Chitlin’ Circuit during the Jim Crow laws era and how so much has changed for him today. His raw talent shines as he charms us all with his charismatic impromptu performance in front of his place of honor in the National Blues Museum.

July 4, 2016

National Blues Museum presents art you can put your hands on


In the Roman empire, portrait sculptures were often used to honor one’s family history. Busts of marble or bronze, depicting legendary and important figures, were displayed in a family shrine, evidence of a direct lineage to power or influence within the community. Sharon McConnell-Dickerson’s series, “A Cast of Blues,” is not out of line with that tradition. The exhibit, which opens Saturday at the National Blues Museum, features masks of blues musicians, made using a sculptural technique called lifecasting that directly captures a subject by making a plaster cast of his or her face. Yet where the Romans enshrined political and military greats, McConnell-Dickerson’s work captures the likenesses of guitar players and singers — men and women who governed the soul and conquered the heart with their music. Her subjects run the gamut from the internationally famous, such as Bo Diddley, Taj Mahal and Odetta, to legends of the Mississippi Delta, like T-Model Ford.

June 27, 2016

National Blues Museum heads to Portland!


The National Blues Museum is proud to participate at this year’s award-winning Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, Oregon. This is the first West Coast festival that the museum will be participating in, July 1st-4th. The museum’s participation is being sponsored by Amanda Gresham’s Delta Music Experience, an interactive traveling concept where blues enthusiasts discover the roots of the music enjoy live music, and get to know musicians through concerts, tours, cruises, and more. The National Blues Museum tent will be at the Delta Music Experience Louisiana Pavilion near the Front Porch Stage.  

June 16, 2016

10 of the best: New museums around the world


(West Australian – June 13,2016) Tracing the history of blues music and its impact on American culture, this new museum opened its doors in April in St Louis, Missouri. In addition to exploring the collection of artifacts, memorabilia, audio and video, visitors can become a “blues legend” by creating their own persona, music and album art via touch-screen displays.

June 16, 2016

National Blues Museum, CityArchRiver team up for new concert series


(St. Louis Post-Dispatch – June 2, 2016) The National Blues Museum and the CityArchRiver Foundation have partnered for the Blues at the Arch Concert Series taking place Aug. 12, 19 and 26 at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. The series is free and happens on the newly renovated Luther Ely Smith Square at Fourth and Market streets. It’s part of the $380 million CityArchRiver renovation of the national park and surrounding area. The National Blues Museum is curating the festival. Great Rivers Greenway and Jefferson National Expansion Memorial are also partners in the event.

June 16, 2016



(Austin Monthly – May 31, 2016) Sing along with your favorite blues artists as you learn about their fascinating lives and musical achievements at the recently opened National Blues Museum. Located downtown, the interactive museum holds abundant artifacts, recordings and hands-on exhibits.

June 16, 2016

50 Things You Haven’t Done in St. Louis — But Should

(Riverfront Times – May 25, 2016) 49. Pay a visit to the city’s newest museum St. Louis has a remarkable history of the blues, as you may have surmised by the name and logo of our hockey team. Another clue? St. Louis is now host to the National Blues Museum, a sprawling space that opened this winter dedicated to preserving the rich history of the classic American art form. 615 Washington Avenue, 314-925-0016; nationalbluesmuseum.org