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Need a place to stay?

We are happy to announce official hotel sponsor of Big Muddy Blues Festival, HoteLumiere.  The hotel is conveniently located only 2-blocks from Laclede’s Landing. HoteLumiere is offering a special rate for those attending the event. Make your reservation today by going to, www.lumiereplace.com. Enter code: BIGMUDDY.


Thanks For A Great 2010 BMBF!

Well, the 2010 edition of Big Muddy Blues Festival is over — and it was amazing! All roads led to Laclede’s Landing seemingly, as fans from the Mizzou-Illini Arch Rivalry Game and those downtown for the weekend Cardinals series against the Reds showed up en masse. From the organizers of Big Muddy Blues Festival and the many restaurants, shops and bars down on Laclede’s Landing, here’s a loud, enthusiastic ‘thank you!’

But let’s not forget this region’s rabid Blues music fanbase, who came out to support the music they love so much. In years past, it’s been hard to guess what Sunday attendance will look like without the Arch Rivalry game there to fill out the streets and stages. It’s always good, of course — we expect nothing less from a city who’s history, heritage and appreciation of Blues music is as strong (or stronger!) as New Orleans, Memphis and. Chicago — but the Sunday crowd was beautiful to behold! The main stage lawn was busy all day and the twin satellite stages had Second Street packed through the last bands at 11 p.m. So to you, true Blues fans, an even bigger ‘Thank You.’ You really answered the call and showed that the Blues are alive and thriving in this city.

Booker T loves you 'thiiiiis much', St. Louis.

You can go here or here for local video coverage of the festival. Here’s just a few pictures of last weekend’s Big Muddy Blues Festival. Send your own to us (info@lacledeslanding.com) or friend Laclede’s Landing on Facebook and tag us. We’ll try to post more throughout the winter as we reset and prepare for next year’s festival.

The calm before the chaos...

Freedom, the United States Navy's traveling Blues band kicks off the 2010 Big Muddy Blues Festival at the Anheuser-Busch main stage.

Nick Curran & The Lowlifes

Booker T sits down at his Hammond B-3 for some Green Onions.

Kim Massie & The Solid Senders celebrate Etta James and Aretha Franklin with their "Tribute to Women & Soul."

Crowds begin filling up in front of the main stage on Day 2 of Big Muddy Blues Festival

...And the crowd by nine-oh-clock Sunday night.

At the same time, Marsha Evans & the Coalition was wowing the crowd on Second Street.

Magic Slim took to the Anheuser-Busch main stage and close out BMBF 2010. Thanks Blues fans!

These are just a few of the pictures of the bands, crowds and good times that went on Saturday, September 4th and Sunday, September 5th for this year’s Big Muddy Blues Festival. Thanks agian to everyone who came and everyone who recommended the festival to others. Work starts soon on next year’s festival, so share your thoughts in the comment section and keep next Labor Day weekend open for Laclede’s Landing and the Big Muddy Blues Festival.

Big Muddy Sneak-Preview and After-Party Shows

Big Muddy Blues Festival is this weekend – Saturday, Sept. 4th and Sunday, Sept. 5th – and it should be a great festival! We have 30 amazing bands lined up here on Laclede’s Landing and perfect weather is in the forecast! But the entertainment doesn’t stop there — we have three partnering shows to give you an up-close look at some of this year’s BMBF performers.

Kim Massie's 'Tribute to Women & Soul' Sunday, Sept. 4 at 5:00 p.m.

Kim Massie's 'Tribute to Women & Soul' Friday, Sept. 3 at The Beale on Broadway

On Friday, September 3rd, Kim Massie is at The Beale on Broadway (701 S. Broadway) for a sneak-peek performance of her new ‘Tribute to Women & Soul” dedication, featuring the music of Aretha Franklin and Etta James. St. Louis’ favorite soul diva brings her amazing voice and presence to The Beale starting at 10 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 and the her show starts at 10:00 p.m. Call (314) 621-7880 or visit www.bealeonbroadway.com for more information. Kim and the Solid Senders take to the Big Muddy Blues Festival main stage (700 N. 2nd Street) Sunday, Sept. 5th at 5:00 p.m.

Eric "Guitar" Davis - Saturday, Sept. 5 at 5:00 p.m. on the Big Muddy Blues Festival main stage

Eric "Guitar" Davis - Saturday, Sept. 4 at 10pm at The Beale on Broadway

On Saturday, September 4th, Eric “Guitar” Davis has the unique honor of both opening for the legendary Booker T (of Booker T and the MGs) and following him. As part of the festival’s Big Muddy After-Party series, Eric will appear at The Beale on Broadway for a 10:00 p.m. show. You can see Eric first at the Big Muddy Blues Festival main stage at 7:00 p.m., leading in to Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Booker T’s headline set, then head over to The Beale for more of his high-energy Blues, Funk and R&B sounds. The show starts at 10:00p.m. Tickets are $7.00.

Roland Johnson -- Sunday, Sept. 5th from 9pm to 1am at Casino Quenn's SEVENS lounge.

Roland Johnson -- Sunday, Sept. 5th from 9pm to 1am at Casino Quenn's SEVENS lounge.

Finally, our presenting sponsor Casino Queen will wrap-up the Big Muddy After-Party series with Roland Johnson & The Voodoo Blues Band at its SEVENS lounge and nightclub (200 S. Front Street). A longtime St. Louis favorite, Roland first plays a 3:00 p.m. main stage set at Big Muddy Blues Festival on Laclede’s Landing, following with his free SEVENS appearance from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Casino Queen will be providing complimentary shuttle service to festival attendees throughout the weekend.

Big Muddy Blues Festival is excited to build on its long-running success by adding these special shows to its line-up. Through our partnerships with The Beale on Broadway and Casino Queen, Blues fans and music lovers will be treated to an amazing line-up this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

And remember to check our ‘About’ section for the full line-up and stage details.

A Very Special ‘Thanks!’ To Our Sponsors and Community Supporters

We are very appreciative of the support we’ve received from our sponsors and supporters for this year’s Big Muddy Blues Festival. It’s because of them that we are able to bring you the amazing schedule of performances that we have and put on yet another successful Big Muddy Blues Festival here on Laclede’s Landing. Without further ado…your 2010 BMBF sponsors and community supporters:

  • Anheuser Busch
  • Lohr Distributors
  • Casino Queen
  • Clear 4G
  • Regional Arts Commission
  • Missouri Arts Council
  • Captain Morgan
  • Crown Royal
  • St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission
  • St. Louis Parking Company
  • Landshire, Inc.
  • Laclede’s Landing Redevelopment Corporation
  • Beale on Broadway
  • La*De*Da Entertainment and Events


Willie “Big Eyes” Smith Added To 2010 Big Muddy Blues Festival

Laclede’s Landing is proud to announce another iconic Blues performer for this year’s Big Muddy Blues Festival. Willie “Big Eyes” Smith  is a living Chess recording artist who, more than 50 years into his career, still has the look and sound he dished out back in his Chicago beginnings. The 74-year-old Smith takes to the Big Muddy main stage on Sunday, September 5th, starting his set at 7:00 p.m.

Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, performing live at the 2010 Big Muddy Blues Festival on Laclede's Landing

"Listening to Willie "Big Eyes" Smith is like being at a Blues show in Chicago in the '50s" - Bud Jostes, BMBF producer

Willie is a living part of Blues history: he has played drums with Muddy Waters for over 30 years, he’s played harmonica with  Bo Diddley, and Arthur “Big Boy Spires and was a co-founder of  the critically acclaimed Legendary Blues Band with Pinetop Perkins, Calvin Jones and others. As a member of LBB, “Big Eyes” received critical success and a handful of Grammy nominations. Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan can all be counted as performers who have either recorded or performed with Willie and the Legendary Blues Band.

Willie “Big Eyes” Smith’s most recent album “Joined at the Hip” released earlier this summer. With this album, Willie goes back to his early instrument of choice – the harmonica, giving his longheld drummer’s chair to his son, Kenny Smith. On “Joined at the Hip,” Willie and his longtime bandmate, Pinetop Perkins, perform some of Willie’s own material, as well as a few wayback Delta and Chicago blues classics.

Willie “Big Eyes” Smith take you back to his Blues roots Sunday, September 5th, at the 2010 Big Muddy Blues Festival. Following his set, Magic Slim and the Teardrops will close out the festival. Big Muddy Blues Festival – held annually on historic Laclede’s Landing – is presented free-of-charge with grants from the Regional Arts Commission and Missouri Arts Council, and with sponsor support from Anheuser-Busch and Casino Queen.

Booker T. Added to 2010 Big Muddy Blues Festival

Laclede’s Landing is excited to announce Booker T. and the MG’s will be closing out Day 1 of the 2010 Big Muddy Blues Festival. This final Saturday set starts at 9:00 p.m. on the Anheuser-Busch main stage (700 N. First Street).

Booker T & the MGs -- Saturday, Sept. 4, 9:00 p.m. at Big Muddy Blues Festival

"Booker T. pioneered the organ. When you heard him play, you knew it couldn't be anyone else." - Isacc Hayes

Booker T. Jones has done it all as a musician: writing, arranging, producing and, of course, performing, for over 50 years. The 65-year-old Jones is still making new music, and last year released a Grammy-winning album in Potato Hole, recorded with support from Neil Young and the Drive by Truckers. With Potato Hole, Booker T.  goes off the “Booker T. book,” so to speak — sometimes crossing into hard rock (as is the case with “Pound It Out”) or covering songs by Outkast (“Hey Ya”) and Tom Waits (“Get Behind the Mule”) — but always using his considerable compositional and musical talents to deftly craft amazing new sounds.

Booker T. is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was honored with a lifetime achievement award at the 2007 Grammy’s. He and the MG’s will perform at Big Muddy Blues Festival starting at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 4th. Other sets that day include Freedom, Moreland and Arbuckle, Nick Curran and the Low Lifes, and Eric “Guitar” Davis.

Big Muddy Blues Festival is held annually on Laclede’s Landing in St. Louis, MO. Over 30 Blues, Soul and R&B artists will play throughout Labor Day weekend (Sat. Sept. 4 and Sun., Sept. 5) on three different stages from 1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. This long-running event is supported through grants from the Missouri Arts Council and the Regional Arts Commission, with sponsor support from Budweiser and Casino Queen.

Keep checking in for more updates. And please leave your comments and help us build some discussion for Big Muddy Blues Festival.

Magic Slim & the Teardrops, Moreland & Arbuckle and Five Others Among 2010 BMBF Main Stagers

Big Muddy Blues Festival, St. Louis’ largest and longest-running Blues-focused music event, is back for its 15th year at Laclede’s Landing in downtown St. Louis this Labor Day weekend (Saturday, Sept. 4 and Sunday, Sept. 5, noon to 11pm each day) We’re really excited about this year’s list of performers, as it includes some of the most well-known and talented local and national Blues musicians. The main stage performers include (so far):

Over 30 bands will be performing at this year’s Big Muddy Blues Festival on Laclede’s Landing. We will soon be announcing the full list and exact times for all sets. Continue watching this blog and the Laclede’s Landing event page for updates, details, a few surprises, and interviews with some of this year’s performers.

Big Muddy Blues Festival is held annually at Laclede’s Landing, St. Louis’ oldest district and only riverfront entertainment and dining district. “The Landing,” as it’s known locally is located just north of the Gateway Arch and east of the Edeward Jones Dome. Parking is available and visitors can also arrive via the Arch-Laclede’s Landing Metrolink stop. For questions, email info@lacledeslanding.com (preferred) or call (314) 241.5875.