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Friday, August 6, 2010

St. Louis to Get Blues Hall of Fame, 10-Day Bluesweek Musical Festival

Posted By on Fri, Aug 6, 2010 at 7:22 AM

Left to right: Blues musicians Bob Case, Roland Johnson and Mayor Francis Slay. - PHOTO: DIANA BENANTI
  • Photo: Diana Benanti
  • Left to right: Blues musicians Bob Case, Roland Johnson and Mayor Francis Slay.
Organizers of a new music festival to be called St. Louis Bluesweek held a press conference downtown yesterday to announce their lineup and unveil plans for construction of a new Blues Hall of Fame.

Bluesweek is the brainchild of Mike Kociela, who also operates the annual Taste of St. Louis street fair. Bluesweek is scheduled to run August 26 through September 5, with local blues acts playing a variety of venues downtown -- including an outdoor concert outside the Peabody (Kiel) Opera House. The festival will also include workshops, panel discussions and an award show.

Construction of the Blues Hall of Fame is already underway in the old Dillard's building on Washington Avenue that was once part of St. Louis Centre. The hall is to include classroom space, a recording studio and a bar and restaurant.

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