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Music in Missouri

Jan
30
Jan 30 – Jul 22, 2020
Where

Center for Missouri Studies
Wenneker Family Corridor Gallery, Second Floor
605 Elm Street
Columbia, MO 65201

The Benny Sharp Band at the Gaslight Square District in St. Louis, 1962. [Thelma Blumberg Collection, S0402-4543]

Where

Center for Missouri Studies
Wenneker Family Corridor Gallery, Second Floor
605 Elm Street
Columbia, MO 65201

Music in Missouri explores Missouri’s contribution to American music. The state’s early folk musicians, marching bands, and choral societies inspired the birth of ragtime and then overlapped with the evolution of a new brand of blues in St. Louis. Those emerging styles then intersected with an explosion of new jazz in Kansas City, at the same time that Ozark bluegrass migrated northwards and entered this melting pot of rhythm to help create rock n’ roll, rhythm and blues, modern country, and gospel. As viewers observe Missouri’s role in shaping American sound, they will also see the ways in which musical interactions broke down barriers—especially those based on race, gender, and region—and made Missouri a unique place for creativity, reinvention, and progress.

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