I had a brief conversation with Devon Allman last night at the Royal Southern Brotherhood show about fundraising / donations needed for the proposed National Blues Museum in St Louis (a separate entity from the Blues Hall of Fame that the Blues Foundation is working on)...the National Blues Museum needs to gather significant donations by April 1st in order to qualify for a significant multi-million dollar donation. This is a really critical thing for the future of the museum. Spread the word. Donate if you can. Devon is on the board and trying to help get the word out, asking folks to share & reshare the info & the critical timeline. For details, drawings, photos & plans for the museum see www.nationalbluesmuseum.org/
This week's Reader column is online here with shows including Will Sexton & Shannon McNally at the Side Door Lounge Feb 17, 5 pm (see www.sundayroadhouse.com)...OEA Awards ceremony at the Omaha Hilton Sunday Feb 17 at 7 pm...North Mississippi Allstars at Waiting Room on Wednesday...Runny Nose Pete at Gator O'Malley's Thursday and the great, one-and-only, musical-spiritual force of nature Mavis Staples at Lincoln's Bourbon Theatre Friday Feb 22 with special guest Pieta Brown.