February 3, 2017

National Blues Museum on Show Me St. Louis

Watch Jacqueline K. Dace, Director of Internal Affairs at the National Blues Museum talk to Show Me St. Louis at our newest traveling exhibit, “Women of the Blues; a Coast to Coast Collection”. Click here to watch      


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February 3, 2017

“Great Migration Tour: Celebrating the Sounds of Mississippi, Chicago and St. Louis” on February 24 and 25, 2017

Concert to Feature Performances by Vasti Jackson, Fernando Jones and Marquise Knox   The National Blues Museum announced that in celebration of Black History Month, it is hosting the “Great Migration Tour: Celebrating the Sounds of Mississippi, Chicago and St. Louis” with concerts on Friday, February 24 and Saturday, February 25, 2017. The shows will feature 2016 Grammy nominee Vasti Jackson from Mississippi, St. Louis blues prodigy, Marquise Knox, and American Bluesman and educator from the South Side of Chicago, Fernando Jones. The artists will also participate in a panel discussion and Q&A on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 from 12-1 pm in the museum’s Lumière Place Legends Room. The program is free to attend and will be moderated by Director of Internal Affairs, Jacqueline Dace. “This lineup showcases not only the history of blues music and how it made its way from the Delta to the Midwest and beyond, but will give the audience a chance to hear the different styles of each city’s unique sound and contribution to the genre,” says Executive Director of the National Blues Museum, Dion Brown. The Great Migration is the period when African-Americans left the deep south for northern cities between 1890 and the 1970. According to Dace, “After Reconstruction and with the establishment of Jim Crow Laws, blacks found themselves in an environment that was not only detrimental to their economic advances, it was also detrimental to their lives. This was the climate that influenced many blues artists to depart from the Delta and take their talents to more welcoming environments.” Dace continues, “During the panel discussion on February 25, we’ll hear about these artists’ journeys and their perspective about the ongoing debate of who owns the blues?” Grammy-nominated, world renowned guitarist and vocalist, 2012 Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame inductee, and 2015 Albert King Lifetime Guitar Award recipient, Vasti Jackson is a powerful force in the world of music. With more than forty-three years as a professional musician, Jackson is known for sweat-drenched, soul-ripping live performances marked by some of the most stunning, and innovative guitar playing today. Fernando Jones, musician, educator and songwriter, was born to loving Mississippi parents on the South Side of Chicago in Bronzeville who were advocates for education and the arts. Inspired by his older brothers, Jones taught himself how to play guitar when he was just four years old and has been playing ever since. Fernando Jones & My Band! is a sharp-dressed, raw, guitar driven power trio that performs all original compositions. Jones and his music have been featured in the Travel Channel’s “America the Wright Way” Series, Eric Clapton’s Crossroads DVD, ABC7’s “Someone You Should Know”, Dateline NBC, Downbeat Magazine’s Musicians Studio and countless international music documentaries. Raised in St. Louis, Mo, Marquise Knox hails from a musical family deeply rooted in the blues. He learned how to play guitar from his grandmother Lillie and spent his early teenage years mentoring under the late great Blues legend, N.E.A. Heritage Fellowship recipient and Grammy Award … Continued


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January 24, 2017

The National Blues Museum in Partnership with HEC-TV to Host “A Conversation with Reena Evers-Everette and David Dennis, Sr.: Inside the Civil Rights Movement”

The National Blues Museum announced that, in partnership with HEC-TV, it will host, “A Conversation with Reena Evers-Everette and David (Dave) Dennis, Sr.: Inside the Civil Rights Movement”. The program will be held on Thursday, February 16, 2017, from 7-9 pm in the Lumière Place Legends Room at the National Blues Museum.


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January 4, 2017

The National Blues Museum in Partnership with HEC-TV Receives Grant from the Missouri Humanities Council

The funds will support the History in the First Person “Music Moved the Movement: Civil Rights and the Blues” education program focusing on the links between the Blues and the Civil Rights Movement. Through the program, invited classrooms (in-person and live-streaming) will be provided the opportunity to engage directly with civil rights activists, historians, and blues legends and descendants to gain a greater understanding of America’s civil rights movement, American blues music, and the relationship between the two.


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January 4, 2017

National Blues Museum to Host Curator’s Talk January 7, 2017 for Opening of Next Traveling Exhibition, “Women of the Blues: A Coast-to-Coast Collection”

The National Blues Museum announced it will host a Curator’s Talk featuring Lynn Orman Weiss, on Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 12 pm to 1 pm in the museum’s Lumière Place Legends Room. The talk coincides with the opening of the museum’s next traveling exhibition, curated by Orman Weiss, “Women of the Blues: A Coast-to-Coast Collection”.


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November 23, 2016

Lunchtime Live Concert with United by Music

The National Blues Museum announced that it will host a free, lunchtime concert on Thursday, December 1, 2016, from 11 am to 1 pm featuring the United by Music North America Band with special guest, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram. The concert will take place in the museum’s Lumiere Place Legends Room.


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November 2, 2016

“Women of the Blues: A Coast-to-Coast Collection” Traveling Exhibition Opens January 7, 2017 at National Blues Museum

St. Louis, Mo., October 27, 2016: The National Blues Museum today announced its next traveling exhibition, “Women of the Blues: A Coast-to-Coast Collection,” presented by curator, Lynn Orman Weiss. The collection features 60 photographs of ‘Women of the Blues’ of all ages and ethnic backgrounds representing all styles from southern soul blues to Chicago blues & rock blues. The images include artists such as, Mavis Staples and Susan Tedeschi (Grammy winning rock blues icon) to Chicago’s Southern soul blues diva, Nellie ‘Tiger’ Travis, the newly crowned Queen of the Blues, Shemekia Copeland, and many more. This exhibit is dedicated, in tribute, to Koko Taylor’s foundation, Sisters of Royalty.


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