Kevin Killeen (@KMOXKilleen)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A celebration in downtown St. Louis marks progress toward creating a National Blues Museum here.

Developer Amos Harris says they’ve raised all but $150,000 of the $13 million needed to begin construction.

So, why put a Blues museum here?

“An aspect of it is why is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland?” says Harris. “Because they decided they wanted to do it there. It’s not because rock and roll originated in Cleveland or rock ‘n roll has any particularly deep roots in Cleveland. But they got their act together, and that’s what we’re doing here.”

The National Blues Museum will be located in 23,000 square feet of the old Dillards building at 6th and Washington, a block from the Convention Center.

“It’s just not just around artifacts and putting the music under a piece of glass,” Harris says. “The idea is to make it kind of ‘edu-tainment.’ To make it a highly entertaining experience that’s educational around the blues, but something that people hopefully come back to.”

They hope to get started in September.

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