Devon Allman Leading Charge For National Blues Museum
Right now it's Allman's goal to get the word out about the fundraising effort underway to make the St. Louis-based institution a reality — and to raise the $1.7-million dollars need to ensure that the museum's doors can open as scheduled in March 2014. So far $12.3-million has been raised over the past three years, and a total of $14-million must be achieved by April 1 in order to take advantage of various incentives for the project.
So Allman and a board's other nine members — who are from the corporate and educational worlds — have launched "Buck Up For the Blues," an initiative to encourage all blues fans to make a donation now to help reach the fundraising goal and bring the museum to life.
Artist renderings of the museum, viewable on line at the National Blues Museum web site, depict a facility like Seattle's Experience Music Project, with a blend of artifacts, films, historic audio and hands-on interactive "jamming stations" where museum patrons can perform the music themselves. Plans call for artist workshops, seminars and Q&A sessions with industry figures, intimate performances with the genre's stars, acoustic concerts that blend music and history, plus lectures and discussions, industry seminars and a film series. A lot more.
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