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Written by Emily Kochan   
Tuesday, 31 July 2012 12:10
(St. Louis, MO) - The Big Muddy Blues Festival is a St. Louis Labor Day weekend tradition.
The 17th annual event is scheduled Sat-Sun, Sept. 1-2 on Laclede’s Landing with three stages and
30 bands. This year’s festival features an impressive line-up of Grammy winners, Rock and Roll
Hall of Famers, talented homegrown Blues acts as well as tributes to music icons, Chuck Berry
and Etta James.

Big Muddy Blues Festival is a celebration of the rich history of the Blues genre. Emily Kochan,
the Executive Director of Laclede’s Landing Merchants Association said, “The anticipation for
this year’s edition has been like none-other that I have seen in my 5 years producing this festival.
The buzz has been hot on the booking of headlining act, Dr. John.” Rolling Stone Magazine
recently named his new album, Locked Down, one of the best of 2012. Dr. John will close out
Big Muddy on the Budweiser Main Stage (700 N. First St.) at 9pm on Sunday, September 2nd.

Also performing on the Budweiser Main Stage are Aaron Kamm & The One Drops and the
Funky Butt Brass Band. Each will be making their Big Muddy debut on Sunday along with
Yugoslavian Blues singer/guitarist Ana Popovic. On Saturday, the widely-popular Royal
Southern Brotherhood (with Cyril Neville, Devon Allman and St. Louisan, Mike Zito) will
serve as the lead-in for headlining act, Grammy winning songwriter and guitarist, Joe Louis

The two satellite stages on Second Street (at the intersections of Lucas and Morgan) will remain
free both days. Appearing on those stages will be a variety of local artists, including, Miss
Jubilee & The Humdingers, Marquise Knox, Cee Cee James and Jimmy Lee Kennett Band.

There are four ticketing levels for the Budweiser Main Stage at Big Muddy. General Admission
tickets ($10/day) and VIP seating ($25/day), both remain the same price as last year. New to Big
Muddy 2012 is an added Backstage-Rooftop VIP Lounge & Bar experience with two ticket level
options from which to choose. VIP tickets are limited and recommended for pre-purchase.

For more information and to purchase tickets for Big Muddy’s Budweiser Main Stage, please
visit, Attendees can also receive festival updates via Twitter
by following @BigMuddyBlues or find Big Muddy on Facebook.

Big Muddy Blues Festival is presented by the Laclede's Landing Merchant’s Association, a
501(c)(6) organization. With grants from the Regional Arts Commission and the Missouri Arts
Council, as well as sponsorship support from Budweiser, Discount Smoke Shop, CAO, Pepsi and
HoteLumiere. Laclede's Landing, with its cobblestone streets and century-old buildings, is
adjacent to the Mississippi River, just north of the Gateway Arch.

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