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August 4

Lil’ Ray Neal Blues Band

Blues singer-guitarist Lil’ Ray Neal, son of singer-harmonica player Raful Neal, and the third eldest of 10 siblings, began his career at 12 years old in his hometown, Baton Rouge. He and his brothers grew up playing in their father’s store, but by their teens they were touring with the band of blues-and-boogie legend John Lee Hooker. For roughly 40 years now, Lil’ Ray has played for some of the greatest names in Blues and R&B including Big Mama Thornton, John Lee Hooker, James Cotton, Little Milton Campbell, Muddy Waters, Bobby Rush, Bobby “Blue” Bland, and, most recently, the beloved B.B. King.

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Big George Brock

Big George Brock

Big George Brock, also known as “King of the St. Louis Blues,” has been making his mark in the blues industry for nearly 70 years. A Mississippi native, Big George Brock spent his youth sharecropping, playing his harmonica, and traveling with blues legend Muddy Waters.  Since migrating to St. Louis in 1949, he has played with many other blues icons such as his friend Muddy Waters, Albert King, Little Milton and Jimmy Reed. One of his claims to fame is creating the title song for the film “M For Mississippi: A Road Trip Through The Birthplace Of The Blues.”

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August 11

Carolyn Mason

Carolyn Mason

A favorite at the National Blues Museum’s Lumière Place Legends Room, Carolyn Mason sings the music of Blues greats like Shirley Brown, Etta James, and Aretha Franklin.

Mickey Rogers

Mickey Rogers

Born in the Mississippi Delta, Mickey Rogers has spent over forty years playing in clubs and festivals across the globe. He has branded himself as an R&B and Blues player, playing with his group, the Soul Blues Band.  Mickey Rogers appears in the Hwy 61 Museum in Leland, the Mississippi Walk of Fame in Greenville and various national and international blues magazines.  He has been associated with artists like The Jackson 5, B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Clay, Hubert Sumlin, Harold Burrage, The Dramatics, Gladys Knight & The Pips, the Temptations and the Chi-Lites, Tyrone Davis, and Bobby Rush.

David Dee

Vocalist and guitarist David Dee hails from Greenwood, Mississippi, but at an early age made East St. Louis his home.  He eventually settled upon vocals and guitar within the blues business and is a well-rounded musician with experience in gospel singing, keyboard, alto saxophone, and bass. David Dee has been making a dent in the St. Louis contemporary blues scene for at least two decades.  He has released five albums and several singles but is best known for “Goin Fishing,” a regional hit from 1982.  David Dee performs regularly with his band, Hot Tracks, sometimes accompanied by his three daughters.

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August 18

Green McDonough Band

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.

Joe Metzka

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.

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Mark “Muleman” Massey

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.

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August 25

Marquise Knox

Marquise Knox

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.

Dexter Allen

Dexter Allen

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.

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Simple music is the hardest music to play and blues is simple music.

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Event Information

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.

Venue information:

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.

Vendor Information: For vendor information, please email the event producer Dennis Gorg at dennis@imsevents.com

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