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Page 40 of 67 41 J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 1 6 Younger groups will likely enjoy "Right Here, Right Now," which fea- tures personal items and costumes from currently trending artists like the Black Keys, Lady Gaga and Rihanna. ere are exhibits dedicated to legendary performers including Metallica or U2, as well as one of the most comprehensive collections of Beatles memorabilia in the world. Ar- tifacts from all four Beatles, some never before displayed to the public, are on exhibit. "Louder an Words: Rock, Power and Politics," which opened in May, is already proving to be a big draw. e exhibit combines record- ings, videos, photography and artifacts to show the impact of music and how musicians have helped shape popular opinion and the political stage. Items on display include Jimi Hendrix's "Star Spangled Banner" Fender Stratocaster and correspondence between the FBI and Priority Records about Public Enemy's song, "Fight the Power." e exhibit, said Sharrona Burns, director of sales, is "just fantastic and very pertinent with what's happening right now in the country with the presidential election coming up." e exhibit will run through the end of the year, but if you miss it in Cleveland, it opens at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., in January 2017. is summer the museum hosts the "Summer Jams" concert series, featuring 40 days of live music on the plaza. e series is "something we haven't done at this level since we opened," said Burns. W W W . R O C K H A L L . C O M NATIONAL BLUES MUSEUM S T . L O U I S e National Blues Museum has been in the works for years but was fi nally realized in April when the museum opened its doors in St. Louis. e museum celebrates great blues musicians like B.B. King, Louis Arm- strong, Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters and Howling Wolf. As they enter the museum, visitors will see a wall of suitcases that tell the story of the genre and where the blues came from. According the Dion Brown, the museum's founding executive director, "It's really touching, to see what it represents." Artifacts and instruments, such as Lucille, B.B. King's guitar (on loan from the B.B. King Museum in Indianola, Mississippi), and photos of famous blues musicians also help tell the story. e museum's interactive exhibits have quickly become popular with groups. At "Jug Band Jammin'," visitors can play the washboard, spoons or wood sticks. After practicing for a few moments, they can watch their jam session, played back on a screen. As groups make their way through the museum they can also become blues musicians by writing and per- forming their own lyrics then pairing them with music tracks to create their own sample, complete with cover art. eir fi nished tune can be emailed to them at the end of their visit. e National Blues Museum has partnered with other organizations to bring music to the public in the Gateway City. In August the museum and City Arts will stage a blues festival at the Gateway Arch. e museum also has live music every Saturday. W W W . N A T I O N A L B L U E S M U S E U M . O R G Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is the perfect jumping-off point for a visit to Grand Tetons. Courtesy Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Courtesy National Blues Museum Guitar from "Louder than Words" exhibit National Blues Museum entrance THEATER and ENTERTAINMENT

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