Since opening in 2016, the National Blues Museum has become a widely beloved destination for live music and cultural celebration in the arts community of St. Louis, Missouri. The museum explores blues music’s evolution as the foundation of all modern American music. Through its engaging music and digital exhibits, high-quality videos of blues legends, captivating artifacts, and robust public and educational programming, the National Blues Museum is meaningfully preserving the legacy of blues music and its future. We are conveniently located in downtown St. Louis at 615 Washington Avenue and are open daily from 10 am – 4 pm.
NBM is dedicated to live music, musicians, and music fans. Hosting the best in local and touring talent from across the blues and Black heritage music community, our classic “Howlin’ Fridays” series presents artists at the top of their craft. The Spring 2023 season will recognize a variety of game-changers in music history, including tributes to icons such as Billie Holiday, Denise LaSalle, Lionel Richie, Erykah Badu, and more. You can catch local stars like Lady J Huston, Robert Nelson, Gene Jackson, and Ms. Hy – C & her Fresh Start band, along with our newcomers and local artists Laka, Jeremy Taylor, and Atem Richardson (@IAmAtem). This dynamite mix of local talent is sure to please audiences and highlight what makes the live, communal art of blues music so thrilling. Click here for free tickets to Howlin’ Friday
Every “Howlin’ Fridays” concert is held on-site at our beautiful and intimate Legends Room stage, which has hosted Grammy-winning trailblazers like Bobby Rush. Drinks are always available for purchase during concerts, with doors opening at 6:30 pm and the show starting at 7 pm. Street and garage parking are available in several lots throughout downtown St. Louis. Tickets to shows include parking at the 7th Street Garage directly across from the museum at 410 N. 7th Street. Additional parking information is available at St. Louis Parking or Explore St. Louis Preferred Parking Lot.
Whether you’re a diehard blues fan steeped in the tradition or have never seen the genre performed live, nothing matches the joy of the blues. In a city with a rich blues tradition that goes back over 100 years, the National Blues Museum is the perfect place to hear live music in St. Louis and experience the catharsis and joy offered by this art form. The museum is a great thing to do rain or shine, winter, spring, summer, or fall. If you’re looking for a fun outdoor weekend activity this summer, our Blues on the Block series brings FREE Blues music to downtown St. Louis, where you can set up chairs, bring a picnic, and dance with our friendly regular fans to the sounds of fantastic Blues and R&B music. If you’re visiting the great river city of STL, come by the National Blues Museum—an excellent occasion for adults, kids, families, and Blues and non-Blues fans alike. Trust us; you’ll come to love the Blues. The only thing missing is you, your ears, and your dance moves—come join us this spring.
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