What To Do Before and After a Blues Game

You’re coming to Missouri and hope to catch the blues.

ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 25: A general view of the Scottrade Center during an NHL game between the St. Louis Blues and the Calgary Flames on November 25, 2011 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Mark Buckner/NHLI via Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO – NOVEMBER 25: A general view of the Scottrade Center during an NHL game between the St. Louis Blues and the Calgary Flames on November 25, 2011 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Mark Buckner/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

The St. Louis Blues, that is.

Tickets for the game are in hand and you’re excited for the puck drop, but aren’t sure how to spend your free time in the hours leading up to the game. And more importantly, you’re not sure what you’ll do after.

Fret not. Just come to St. Louis and immerse yourself in the blues.

After all, the city is home to the renowned National Blues Museum, which chronicles the history of this important musical genre.

Opened in the spring of 2016, the National Blues Museum found a fitting home in downtown St. Louis, a city that played a significant role in the blues’ development.

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And it just so happens the hockey team you’re clamoring to see was named for a popular song, “The St. Louis Blues,” by a blues musician named W.C. Handy.

St. Louis gave rise to several prominent musicians who had an impact on and were influenced by the blues. Perhaps most famous is music icon and St. Louis native Chuck Berry, whose unique sound sprang from the blues, though he’s widely known as “The Father of Rock ’N Roll.”

Berry is just one of the musicians whose story unfolds at the National Blues Museum. Perhaps most surprising is an exhibit focusing on British bands, such as The Beatles, who played their version of Delta blues songs to screaming audiences.

Plan to spend a couple of hours in the museum and know that, through a series of interactive exhibits, you’ll walk away with a blues tune of your own creation.

While St. Louis’ ties to the blues already are deep, they’re continually growing, thanks to blues-focused clubs and restaurants.

Spots like The Beale on Broadway, Blues City Deli, Highway 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen, and BB’s Jazz, Blues and Soups are excellent places to hear live blues music (and grab a bite to eat) after watching the home team skate.

In short, St. Louis is an ideal place to catch a major dose of the blues … and be perfectly happy about it.

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