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Best Blues Club 

Blues City Deli

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Opened in 2004, the Blues City Deli — a Benton Park sandwich shop on the corner of Victor and McNair avenues, with walls crammed with music memorabilia and a window-front stage barely big enough to hold a couple of guitar amps let alone a full band — kicked off its twice-weekly, always-free music series with veteran guitarist Brian Curran. Curran still performs regularly at the deli, as do other local blues and roots artists such as Miss Jubilee, Mat Wilson, Sins of the Pioneers, and touring artists including Felix Reyes and the Joe Moss Band. Owner Vinnie Valenza still books the acts (and works the counter) and still makes every show special, whether that means letting patrons set up lawn chairs on the sidewalk (the venue gets crowded and lines often stretch out the door) or giving up-and-coming talents like Nikki Hill their first place to call a blues home. And Valenza isn’t done yet: This fall he plans to open an adjacent pizza parlor with a patio that might bring even more music. Join in the fun Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays 1 to 3:30 p.m. 2438 McNair Avenue, St. Louis, 63104. 314-773-8225,

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