(KMOV) -- The National Blues Museum and Entertainment St. Louis announces St. Louis Bluesweek 2011.
The event is scheduled to run from August 25 through September 4 and will celebrate the best talent and historians in the St. Louis blues community.
Bluesweek 2011 is the first official event of the National Blues Museum, which will be taking shape inside downtown's new Mercantile Exchange entertainment district.
Organizers expect Bluesweek to become an annual signature event of the National Blues Museum.
The central musical event is the August 26-27 St. Louis Bluesweek Festival at 6th and Washington, just outside the future home of the National Blues Museum.
These shows will honor the wide range of musical styles that were born in St. Louis. Each show will be a compilation of the area's most well-known and influential blues musicians.
This premiere musical event is free and open to all ages.
The following weekend, September 2-3, patrons can catch the Soulard Blues Cruise.
Patrons can see ten bands in ten different establishments for $10 each night.
Wristbands will be available for purchase at any of the venues, the night of the show. In addition to these two all-weekend events, there will be an All-Star
Blues Brunch, a Blues History Panel Discussion, Blues Workshops and the Second Annual Blues Awards, where musical legend Chuck Berry will accept the Lifetime
The National Blues Museum is expected to open in 2013 at the corner of 6th and Washington in the Laurel building, part of the MX district.
For more information, please visit the National Blues Museum's website here.
2011 ST. LOUIS BLUESWEEK SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
AUG 25 BLUES SOCIETY COCKTAIL RECEPTION
AUG 26-27 BLUESWEEK FESTIVAL
AUG 28 KDHX ALL-STAR BLUES BRUNCH
AUG 29 BLUES HISTORY PANEL DISCUSSION
AUG 31 HARP WORKSHOP
SEPT 1 GUITAR WORKSHOP
SEPT 2 & 3 SOULARD BLUES CRUISE
SEPT 4 2ND ANNUAL ST. LOUIS BLUES AWARDS