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  What's new with the St. Louis Blues Museum Foundation

  St. Louis Blues MuseumJust an update on the the recent announcement of Pinnacle Entertainment as the city's choice for the Laclede's Landing casino is welcome news to the foundation. After meeting with Pinnacle's development team, the Laclede's Landing Merchants Association sent a copy of the StLBMF's business plan to CEO Daniel Lee -- who happens to be a huge music fan -- and he absolutely loved the idea. And why wouldn't he -- what a great way for casino money to create an educational and entertaining institution for the St. Louis region!

At the January 14th meeting, we voted to cancel the Trivia Night scheduled for February 7th. Due to the limited space/table sizes available at Trainwreck on The Landing, our profits would be minimal compared to the amount of work that would go into producing such an event. Instead, we opted to put all of our time and energy into the blues concert/jam on Friday, February 27th. Looks like Rondo's Blues Deluxe will be our "house band" for the evening, which will also feature a (TBA) host of local blues musicians and "celebrities."

We will have tremendous radio support for this event, including promotions during a live Friday happy hour broadcast on 101.1 The River. Vic Porcelli does a live show from Trainwreck's Westport location each Friday, and George Hansford (owner of Trainwreck) has graciously offered to let us promote the event via The River broadcast on Friday, February 20th. StLBMF will be on hand during the broadcast to sell tickets to the concert/jam on 2/27 ($12.50 in advance, $15 at the door), and provide info about our group and our mission to interested parties on hand.

We've enlisted the aid of Joe Klitzing of Klitzing Welsch Associates, a local architectural firm, to come up with some basic sketches/drawings of our museum. Joe is very excited about the project and has a lot of great ideas for making a new structure appropriately reflect the rich history of the blues. We provided him with a couple of possible locations on the riverfront, and he hopes to have some rough sketches within a week or so. But - we can't expect someone of Joe's caliber to work for free, so make plans to attend the concert/jam and bring a bunch of friends!

That's all the news that's fit to type at the moment - we hope to have more information about a possible StLBMF appearance/involvement at the Soulard Mardi Gras celebration and Fat Tuesday parade in the near future.

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