The facility is slated to open in downtown St. Louis in 2014.
The National Blues Museum is currently raising funds to build a cultural attraction in downtown St. Louis. Affton native John Goodman recently shot a promotional video for the museum. The facility will be focused on education, entertainment and community involvement. With 23,000 square feet of programming space, a 100-seat theater as well as technology and artifact-driven exhibits, the National Blues Museum will explore the Blues and celebrate the genre as the root of all modern American music. The projected opening date is in late 2014, but please check back for updates, or follow the Museum on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with the museum's progress.
U City High School student is in Washington DC to meet First Lady Michelle Obama.
The event will give students an overview of the origins of the blues, discuss important artists and cover the genre's evolution from African-American spirituals and work songs to the chart-topping hits of today. The event was live streamed on whitehouse.gov/live, pbs.org/whitehouse and blackpublicmedia.org. The 10 St. Louis area students represent seven schools. "What most excites me about this trip is having the chance to learn more about roots music in the United States and listening to great artists," said Martinez in a release. "I just joined the jazz band in my school and I feel like this experience will help me look at music through different eyes and grow as a musician." See additional coverage of the trip on KSDK.