National Blues Museum opens in St. Louis
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The National Blues Museum opened in St. Louis Saturday, April 2nd in a refurbished downtown department store building, walking distance from the Gateway Arch. One exhibit explores the blues’ roots in the rhythms of Africa brought to the American South by slaves. An introductory video at the museum has rocker Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin explaining how the blues of the Mississippi Delta region sparked the music of the Beatles, Rolling Stones and other British bands.

The $14 million museum also includes an art gallery, along with a performance stage and full bar in a nightclub setting that will host live music.