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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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.


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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.


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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.


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July 4, 2016

HISTORY IN THE FIRST PERSON: BOBBY RUSH KING OF THE CHITLIN’ CIRCUIT

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.


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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.


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