The fourth annual St. Louis Bluesweek Festival takes place Friday, May 24 – Sunday, May 26 at Soldiers Memorial in downtown St. Louis.
The headliners include Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Mavis Staples and Big George Brock, however, the Festival will highlight several artists with significant ties to St. Louis including Marquis Knox and Rich McDonough & Rough Groves.
Host Steve Potter talked with Sharon Foehner, a musician with Rough Grooves, Dave Beardsley, the Publisher of stlblues.net and co-founder of the National Blues Museum, which is scheduled to open in Fall 2014, and Jeremy Segel-Moss, a member of the Bottoms Up Blues Gang and Vice-Chair of the St. Louis Blues Society.
“A lot of places are a home of the blues,” said Beardsley. “St. Louis is a home to the blues even back to ragtime in the late 1880s and early 1990s, we were a ragtime town and when W.C. Handy lived here in 1892, we influenced the ‘father of the blues’ when he composed St. Louis Blues. He called it a ragtime composition.”
Beginning this year the St. Louis Bluesweek Festival will also feature a BBQ Battle Royale, in which thirty teams will battle to determine who has the best barbecue in St. Louis.
The event is free and open to the public.
St. Louis Bluesweek Festival
Friday, May 24, 2013, 5:30 - 11:00 p.m.
May 25 - 26, 2013, Noon - 11:00 p.m.
Location: Soldiers Memorial, 1315 Chestnut Street
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