National Blues Museum

615 Washington Ave St. Louis

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National Blues Museum

The blues is one of America's great art forms and perhaps the most influential of all American song traditions. Originating in the Deep South and slowly migrating North gathering influences along the way, the blues is an essential part of St. Louis's history. The National Blues Museum is a shrine to a musical form and culture that is a vital part of the St. Louis experience. Check out this quick virtual tour of The National Blues Museum...

The Blues has distinct roots in centuries-old African-American culture and has long been a dynamic and adaptive artform. Along the way, it influenced everything from country and western music to rock and roll. The mission of The National Blues Museum is to explore and preserve the historic significance of the Blues as the foundation of American music, as well as celebrate current artists working in the form. The museum hosts live music every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. St. Louis is the home of Blues and Rock and Roll legend Chuck Berry, a Blues music legend, and he is well represented at the museum. The interactive exhibits are the best way to get a real feel for the music. There is a room in the museum where you can learn to play some of the instruments that make up a classic jug band, like a washboard, bones, and spoons. You can even write some lyrics, learn how to layer on instrumentals, and make your own record. The blues is deeply embedded in the culture of St. Louis and there is no better way to explore this American artform than a visit to the National Blues Museum.

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