The National Blues Museum continues to honor those who are “Keeping the Blues Alive” as they recognize local legends Jim McClaren and Kim Massie with a special Honors show as part of their weekly Howlin’ Friday concert series.

“All of our shows are special and this is going to be one for the record books. Jim McClaren is featured in the museum and his display of harmonicas is one of the favorite spaces for our visitors. Additionally, we are able to honor Ms. Kim Massie, a true diva, who doesn’t mind being called a diva, with a voice that’s pleased St. Louis audiences for decades,says Interim Executive Director Jacqueline K. Dace.

Harmonica player Jim McClaren is a native of St. Louis and has been a mainstay on the local blues scene for 40 years having been a member of the Soulard Blues Band among many others. Kim Massie is one of the most recognizable vocalists in the Midwest. Her ability to sing not only the blues but rock, pop, country, gospel and R&B has earned her two Best Female Vocalist of the Year Awards from the Riverfront Times as well as the Grand Center Visionary Award in 2005.

The Howlin’ Fridays Concert series is held every Friday in the Lumière Place Legends Room at the National Blues Museum with happy hour from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and live music from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Live entertainment for this special show will be provided with an intimate performance by Marsha Evans and the Coalition. Tickets may be purchased in advance by phone or in person at the National Blues Museum box office. For more information about this concert series, please contact Kirk Zimmerman, Assistant Education Coordinator, at 314-925-0016 ext. 436 or by email at

Howlin’ Fridays are sponsored by the Regional Arts Commission and WSIE, 88.7 the Sound.