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National Blues Museum Starts Construction in St. Louis Later This Month; Opens in Late 2015 [Video]

B.B. King is among iconic blues guitarists and singers. (Photo: Mike Moore/Getty Images)

The National Blues Museum announced today it has completed financing and construction on its 23,000–square-foot St. Louis museum and educational facility will begin later this month.

It is expected to open in late 2015.

The blues is roots music evolving from African-American work songs, field hollers, spirituals and country string ballads more than a century ago. It is considered the foundation of virtually every major American music form born in the 20th century, including jazz, rhythm and blues, rock and roll and hip hop.

“Finally the blues, its rich, storied history, its unique cast of characters and its mojo has a home we can all be very proud of. This genre of music which has influenced so many artists throughout the last century is so very deserving of this museum,” said Devon Allman, a guitarist and singer with the Royal Southern Brotherhood, the son of Gregg Allman and a member of the museum’s board.

The National Blues Museum will include more than 16,000 square feet of interactive technology and artifact-driven exhibits, a theater, special event space and classrooms. It will explore blues styles and trace its history and American roots music from the Mississippi River delta through St. Louis to Chicago, its expansion across the U.S. and internationally.

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