St. Louis bands playing the National Blues Museum

It’s the National Blues Museum, it just happens to be located in one of the most indigenous Blues Cities in America, a live music capital since the 19th Century, with the history extending back to Ragtime, Scott Joplin &  W.C. Handy! Hasn’t changed much, we’re still a live music capital, and the legacy continues with the next gen of the St. Louis Blues…..there’s Marquise Knox, Aaron Griffin, Matt Lesch, Miss Jubilee, and many more. With such a deep pool of talent it’s great to see the Lumière Place Legends Room at the National Blues Museum showcasing so many St. Louis bands, many the very bands of STLBluesTALENT!

Do you want to play the Lumière Place Legends Room at the National Blues Museum? It’s easy to submit your band, just click here to learn how.


Artists playing St. Louis – the Live Music Calendar of is free, easy to use, and generates your own dynamic gig calendar, just like this one for the National Blues Museum –

Get yourself some serious Blues power, and do it for free. Just Google ‘Live Music St. Louis’ to see it for yourself. It’s easy for musicians to join, just click on bands‘.

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Band news

Lots of great things happening with the bands of STLBlues talent.

Joe Metzka just played the recent Rise Up festival. Joe, along with The Green McDonough band, also just played Blues at the Arch.

Monkh was just hired as guitar instructor for the School of Rock! This Friday, August 25th at 6pm Monkh And The People are playing TOCO Family Festival!!

Matt ‘The Rattlesnake’ Lesch recently played the Sunflower River Festival in Clarksdale Mississippi and enjoyed hanging out with Charlie Musselwhite. And then he was back to St Louis, playing The Lumiere Legends room at the National Blues Museum.

Al Holliday and the East Side Rhythm Band are as busy as always, and are heading off to CO for a short tour.

Paul Niehaus IV and Blue lotus recordings are really driving the promotion of St Louis music, and especially the Soul Revue featuring Gene Jackson and Roland Johnson. Paul is one of the most talented sidemen around, and just backed up Lucky Peterson!
“An honor of the highest order to back up blues legend Lucky Peterson tonight in Keokuk, Iowa. A dream come true!”

Jeremiah Johnson band is back from a short tour including the Rollin on the River festival in Keokuk, Iowa where their gear was almost blown off the stage when the storm front hit unexpectedly. But they recovered quickly and the show went on. Did I mention, the JJB recently won two Independent Blues Awards for 2017 – Best Independent Blues Contemporary CD – Blues Heart Attack and Best Funk Song – Sun Shine Through!

C’mon back now, and we’ll keep the band news coming!

Post photo of Blues at the Arch by Carol Boss, find much more on her Facebook!

Is video essential?

Only if you want to build your career.
Why YouTube is the dominant player in today’s music industry

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YouTube is the #1 music streaming platform in the world. It’s the #2 search engine in the world. It’s slowly replacing radio, MTV, and many other platforms for music discovery. It’s become a serious revenue source for musicians too (some CD Baby artists have earned more than 40k from YouTube ad revenue). And that’s why YouTube is more important than anything else in your music career — besides the actual music, of course.

But these days it takes more than just a couple music videos to establish a YouTube presence.
Read more here!


How to Made a Music Video Step by Step (full article is here)

1. Choose Your Song
Having a music video can help promote your band, through video sites such as YouTube and MySpace.

2. Get a Team and Equipment Together
However complicated (or simple) your shoot is, you’ll need a team of people.

3. Plan Your Shoot
The more planning you can do before hand the quicker you’ll be able to shoot.

4. Filming
On the day of the shoot be prepared and organized. Keep a record of shots you’ve made; it’ll make editing much easier.

5. Capture Live Footage
Filming the band playing live can provide you with great footage for a video.

6. Use Stock Footage
You can spice up your video by adding stock footage, but you need to be aware that, like music, almost all video footage is subject to strict copyright law.

7. Editing
Your footage might be great, but it’ll only become a great video through editing.

8. Get the Right Software and Hardware
These days cheap, or even free software can do a professional job of editing.

9. Be Creative
How many videos have you seen on MTV that consist of the band playing in a club, with the lights flashing whilst the audience jump up and down?

10. Tips for Making a Good Music Video –
Beware of Using Excessive Zoom
It may look cool while you’re shooting it, but in the final edit zooming often looks clichéd, and unless done with a very steady hand can often look amateurish.

Don’t Be Over Ambitious

A simple idea well executed is often more effective than a complex idea done badly.

And Ignore All I’ve Said

The most interesting videos are made when the rules of convention are bent, buckled and broken, so keep experimenting and above all else, make something interesting.

Many thanks to video director Arthur T. Flegenheimer (stage name) for his expertise!


Sound, stage & lighting

Has this ever happened to you? We often get asked for a band, only to find out that the venue has no sound capability!

Often it’s the first time talent buyer, and they just don’t really know what’s needed in terms of sound, lighting, and stage. Ask any band, and they’ll tell you that supplying the PA easily doubles the work, and the load in & out. You’ve been there, as a musician.

Sometimes it’s the venue providing sound, sometimes it’s the band, and sometimes we work with one of our STLBluesTALENT production partners. Regardless, we always make sure to get all AV needs addressed upfront.  If the talent buyer doesn’t provide the needed sound, stage and lighting, we’ll work with them to provide the best production. Either way, we make sure to bring a great show!


We’re so excited to share the world class talent you’ll find on our website. The very best in Blues, Soul, Rock music and more. Please take some time to look around and get a look at the treasure that awaits you! St. Louis is a city with a rich music heritage dating back to the 1800’s!

“Ragtime was very popular in St. Louis and the integration of blues music from Mississippi created what became known as the St. Louis Blues.says John May of the St. Louis Blues Society.