The National Blues Museum has laid out its plans for its grand opening day celebration on April 2 which will include a mayoral ribbon cutting, live performances and more.
On opening day, Sixth and Seventh streets downtown between Washington Avenue will be blocked off between 9 a.m. and 10:10 a.m. for the outdoor festivities.
Taking place first is a musical procession with the Normandy High School marching band at 9:30 a.m. beginning at the corner of Sixth and Washington Avenue. The procession will lead to the front door of the museum.
After the procession are remarks from museum chairman of the board Rob Endicott, museum executive director Dion Brown and Mayor Francis Slay. Following the ribbon cutting, the museum opens it doors at 10 a.m.
Live entertainment inside the museum’s Lumiere Place Legends Room will go until 4 p.m. and includes Phi, David Dee, Jeremiah Johnson, Marquise Knox, Jim McClaren, Mickey Rogers and Renee Smith.
Said Dion in a statement: “This is a landmark day that will be packed with education and entertainment, and we can’t wait to let visitors explore everything the museum has to offer. This is a place that will enrich the history and culture of not just blues music, but also the city of St. Louis, and we are glad to be a part of the area.”
The museum will charge regular admission, and will remain open until 5 p.m.
Look for a full preview of the National Blues Museum in Sunday's Arts & Entertainment section.