Green McDonough Band
Nominated for Best Blues Band of 2016 by The Riverfront Times and is the 2016 winner of the St. Louis Blues Society’s Regional International Blues Challenge “Road to Memphis”, The Green McDonough Band combines creative forces of electrifying blues guitarist Rich McDonough and the tough vocals of singer/songwriter Laura Green. The driving rhythm section features Vic Windham on drums and Jonathan Schumacher on bass. They play a mixed bag of blues styles and house rockin’ roots, reflected in both their original music and their fresh yet reverent takes on choice covers.
Inspired by B.B. King and Nat “King” Cole, vocalist/guitarist Joe Metzka plays and sings blues, jazz, funk, R&B, modern rock, western swing and country. Joe is active in both the blues and jazz genres and can be heard frequently at “live” performances in and around the St. Louis area.
Mark “Muleman” Massey
From Mississippi playing a mix of Hill Country and soulful blues, the band features Mark “The Muleman” Massey on vocals and guitar, Grammy & Emmy award winner Billy Earheart on piano and organ, Dave Bennett on bass, and Walter Pope on drums. Mark and band have played with B.B. King at his homecoming in Indianola, the Howling Wolf festival in West Point, Juke Joint Fest in Clarksdale, and The Chicago Blues Fest.
A crowd favorite, Marquise hails from a musical family deeply rooted in the Blues. He spent his early teenage years in St. Louis mentoring under the late great Blues legend, N.E.A. Heritage Fellowship recipient and Grammy Award winner Henry James Townsend. His talents have earned him performing rights with some of America’s most notable blues performers such as blues legends B.B. King, Pinetop Perkins, and David “Honeyboy” Edwards.
Playing a sweet blend of Blues, R&B, Soul and Funk, Dexter Allen was born in Crystal Springs, Mississippi and began playing the bass guitar at the age of 12 for his father’s gospel group. Dexter was lead guitarist in living blues legend Bobby Rush’s worldwide touring band. Dexter’s driving guitar style is in the vein of Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. Dexter was the 2008 Jackson, Mississippi Music Award recipient for Male Vocalist of the Year and 2009 Mississippi Music Awards Entertainer of the Year.
Blues at the Arch is a free and fun public event celebrating St. Louis’ rich Blues heritage at the Gateway Arch. Visitors are invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from vendors on site. Please do not bring outside food or beverages. Please use recycling bins on site. Mosquito repellent is recommended. Soliciting is prohibited.
The North Gateway is located just south of the Eads Bridge and is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, which includes the Gateway Arch. The National Park is a memorial to Thomas Jefferson’s role in opening the West, to the pioneers who helped shape its history, and to Dred Scott who sued for his freedom in the Old Courthouse.
- MetroLink stations at 8th and Pine or Arch and Laclede’s Landing
- Click here to find wayfinding maps for getting to the Gateway Arch.
- Click here to learn about finding available parking.
- Bike racks on site
Vendor Information: For vendor information, please email the event producer Dennis Gorg at firstname.lastname@example.org