Show Me the Music: A Celebration of the Missouri Bicentennial

The State of Missouri celebrated its 200th birthday on August 10, 2021 and The Sheldon commemorated the event with an all-star concert that broadcast across the state.

Watch the Nine PBS broadcast here

The program includes:

Bluegrass star Rhonda Vincent and her band The Rage

Jazz pianist Peter Martin with an ensemble of top jazz musicians from St. Louis and Kansas City

Blues and R&B vocalist Anita Jackson

Missouri fiddler Howard Marshall & Friends

Ragtime pianist Royce Martin

The ZouM faculty ensemble from the University of Missouri performing Waterways, a newly commissioned classical work by composer Stefan Freund

Concert Program

Educational Programs

“Show Me the Music” also includes a statewide educational component, with education materials on Missouri music and musicians  available to all K-12 schools in the state. Students will learn how Missouri musicians have contributed significantly to many genres of American music. Many people are familiar with the “King of Ragtime” Scott Joplin, rock and roll giant Chuck Berry, pop singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow and hip-hop star Nelly, but many are not as familiar with the Missouri roots of names such as blues vocalist Victoria Spivey, jazz trumpeter Clark Terry, jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker, country music talent scout and producer Ralph Peer, blues and rock pianist Johnnie Johnson, and operatic baritone Robert McFerrin, Sr.

Educational Resources

Missouri Bicentennial Events

Missouri is celebrating the bicentennial all year long! Visit the links below to learn more.

Regional Concert Events

Full List of Bicentennial Events