FREE Big Muddy Ex’Treme Institute Education Programming – Saturday September 5th

Join us Saturday September 5th for Ex’Treme Institute’s FREE music recording education programming at the Big Muddy Blues Festival! We have guests like Fruteland Jackson, Sharon & Doug Foehner, and the St. Louis Legacy Ensemble!

Ex’Treme Institute
800 North 3rd St.
3rd Floor

  • 2:00pm – Fruteland Jackson
  • 3:30pm – Sharon & Doug Foehner
  • 5:00pm – St. Louis Legacy Ensemble


Electro-Fi recording artist Fruteland Jackson is a History Maker.  He is an author, storyteller and oral historian. Fruteland grew up on Chicago’s West side and is a three time Blues Music Award Nominee and a recipient of the Blues Foundation’s Keeping the Blues Alive award. Fruteland performs Americana; acoustic blues, folk traditional and singer-songwriter styles around the world and has created the award winning “All About the Blues Series” for Blues in the School Programs. As an oral historian, he has taken his extensive knowledge of Blues history to schools, colleges and universities across the US . Fruteland is the creator of the award winning “All About The Blues”™ series Blues in the Schools programs where he currently presents to some 50,000 students annually, in the classroom. He has received awards and acclaim across the country for his research, innovation, curriculum and presentation of the history about the people and music that make up the blues.

The St. Louis Legacy Ensemble is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization which partners professional musicians with dedicated music students in performances, rehearsals and masterclasses. The ensemble seeks to proliferate the long and rich tradition of music in St. Louis and honors the legendary musicians in our history. Legacy Ensemble programs music by the likes of Miles Davis, Ike and Tina Turner, Oliver Sain, Chuck Berry, and others. The ensemble consists of guitarists, percussionists, a horn section, and vocalists who range in experience from intermediate students to seasoned professionals.

Sharon & Doug Foehner have been deeply involved in the St. Louis music scene for over 25 years.  Sharon has performed on bass and guitar with such artists as Bennie Smith, James Crutchfield and Rich McDonough.  Doug is one of St. Louis premiere slide guitar players and is also well versed in the history of blues and St. Louis music.  Their presentation will focus on the story of Bessie Smith through presentation and performance.

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Big Muddy Is Almost Here!

With less than two weeks until the Big Muddy Blues Festival presented by Budweiser is here, September 5 and 6 on the Landing, we wanted to pass along a reminder and a couple of tips to make your Big Muddy experience the best it can be.

Cover Charge

A friendly reminder, you will need to pay a cover to enter the festival this year. Pay your cover charged in advance and you can save a variety of ways:

  • A single day cover is $12 in advance online- a $5 savings off the day-ofwalkup cover charge of $17
  • Two single day cover charge can be purchased for $20 in advanceonline- that’s a $14 savings
  • A Two-Day pass, only available in advance and online, is also only$20- a $14 savings

Advance tickets can be purchased at:


The festival will strictly enforce a policy of NO CANS, NO COOLERS, NO BOTTLES, NO BACKPACKS, AND NO BAGS. If you try to enter the festival zone with any of these items you will either have to return it to your vehicle or some other safe location or toss it in one of the large dumpsters by the entrances. There will be no exceptions.

Festival Entrances

Festival entrances are located at:

  • Morgan and Collins just east of 3rd Street
  • Laclede’s Landing and 2nd
  • Lucas and Clamorgan Alley, just west of 1st Street

Please note the gates open at 2:00 p.m. each day and the music fires up at 3:00 p.m.

Getting to the Big Muddy

The easiest way to get to the Big Muddy Blues Festival is on the Metro. Just get off at the 1st Street Laclede’s Landing stop and make the very short walk to the Lucas and Clamorgan Alley Entrance.

If you must drive then you can access paid parking lots at:

  • 3rd and Washington
  • Along the Riverfront- access this lot from Commercial Street by enteringCommercial off Laclede’s Landing Boulevard and turning South
  • Along the levee
  • You can also park at the Lumiere Place Casino, which is a short walk from theLaclede’s Landing and 2nd entrance

Please note these lots are privately owned and operated and are not under the direction or control of the Big Muddy Blues Festival.

Two Stages

This year’s festival features two stages of great live entertainment:

  • The Extreme Institute Stage on the parking lot at 1st and Morgan
  • The Lumiere Place Stage at 2nd and Lucas

Both stages will feature tremendous live music well into the night with the headliners performing each night on the Extreme Institute Stage starting around 10:00 p.m. each night.

Blues in the Bars

New this year, each establishment on the Landing will feature live Blues inside at various points of the day and evening. So when you feel like ducking inside to grab a bite to eat or rest your feet, don’t fear you will still be treated to some fabulous Blues music. There is no additional cover charge to enter the bars- your festival cover charge covers this as well.

That’s it for now, we hope to see you in two weeks on the Landing for the Big Muddy Blues Festival presented by Budweiser. In the meantime, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out for us.

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No Cans, No Coolers, No Bottles, No Backpacks

The following items are prohibited at Big Muddy:

  • Cans
  • Coolers
  • Bottles
  • Backpacks
  • Large Purses
  • Bags
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Sponsored by Budweiser

The 2015 Big Muddy Blues Festival is proudly sponsored by Budweiser, The King of Beers!








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Big Muddy Announces Lineup

 Tickets on sale now! Click here and save money by ordering your tickets early!   

Saturday 9/5

  • Rick Estrin & the Nightcats
  • Mike Zito & the Wheel
  • Nick Schnebelen Band
  • Fruteland Jackson
  • David Dee and the Hot Tracks
  • Rich McDonough & Rough Grooves
  • Marcel Strong and the Apostles
  • Impala Deluxe


Sunday 9/6

  • Carolyn Wonderland
  • Grady Champion
  • Popa Chubby
  • Hadden Sayers
  • Roland Johnson and Soul Endeavor
  • Jeremiah Johnson Band
  • The Blue Shadows
  • Edward David Anderson


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