In the early 1900’s, Blues music spread throughout the country like wildfire. Tied to the struggles of the African American community, this style of music became an outlet in which people with shared experiences and feelings could relate to one another through song. More than a century later, the impact of these catchy tunes echoes throughout the country—especially in Downtown St. Louis.
With artists like Chuck Berry, Albert King, and Walter Davis launching their careers here, the Gateway to West quickly became, and continues to be, a hot spot for the genre. Our city’s unique and historical involvement with the genre is exactly what museums like the National Blues Museum are working to preserve.
Downtown St. Louis is fortunate to be home to the National Blues Museum: the only museum in the United States dedicated to honoring and preserving the history of blues music and its deep impact on American culture. But its goals don’t stop at preserving the music’s legacy. By incorporating history and social studies, the museum is an impactful learning experience for children, families, and students alike.
A major highlight of the museum is its traveling exhibits which often included art collections and rare photography of artists. Only available for a few months at a time, these exhibits offer visitors an exclusive look into the lives and experiences of blues artists, as well as their music.
If visiting the exhibit isn’t enough, the museum also offers live music experiences every week. These range from free public programs to live music events, including Howlin’ Fridays at 7 p.m. and Soulful Sundays at 4 p.m.
You won’t want to miss out, so boogie-woogie on over to 615 Washington Avenue and experience the rich history of Blues Music for yourself.
Oh, and in case you haven’t heard, local blues sensation Little Dylan is performing at Downtown STL’s first-ever Show-Me Downtown Event: An Evening In Blue. Grab your tickets before they sell out!