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JAN 2017

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OUR STORIED ROADS AND RIVERS W hen it comes to blues music in Missouri, the thrill is far from gone. That's perhaps the most important lesson learned when you visit St. Louis, home of the National Blues Museum and myriad spots to hear the blues. Playing a significant role in the development of the blues, St. Louis gave rise to several prominent musicians who had an impact on and were influenced by the genre. Perhaps most famous is St. Louis native Chuck Berry, whose unique sound sprang from the blues, though he's widely known as "The Father of Rock 'N Roll." While St. Louis' ties to the blues already are deep, they're continual- ly growing, thanks to blues-focused clubs and restaurants such as The Beale on Broadway, Blues City Deli, Highway 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen, and BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups. You'll also hear strains of blues music coming from Scottrade Center, home of professional hockey's St. Louis Blues, whose moniker comes from a bluesy W.C. Handy tune of the same name. The National Blues Museum is locat- ed at 615 Washington Ave. Groups of 20 or more qualify for discounted rates. NationalBluesMuseum.org While the blues tradition is alive and well in St. Louis, it's not the only place to find excellent music in Missouri. Across the state, Kansas City has a lively jazz scene and is home to the American Jazz Museum, where the legacy of that genre takes center stage.

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