Jack White has donated money to the US’ forthcoming National Blues Museum.
The museum is set to open in St. Louis, Missouri later this year, with local reports claiming that the former White Stripes frontman has made a ‘six figure’ donation to help fund a “creative blues experience” scheme called ‘Mix It Up’. The project will allow visitors to create new compositions using digital editing tools.
The museum will also feature exhibitions on the history of blues music. The venue is seeking further funding to “enhance technology, expand exhibits, deepen the impact of community and educational programs, and create accompanying curriculum”.
Jack White kicked off his short acoustic tour earlier this week (April 20), with singer-songwriter Jack Johnson making a cameo. White’s acoustic tour began in Alaska, with the singer performing at the Wendy Williams Arena in Anchorage. Johnson joined White for the performance of the White Stripes track ‘We’re Going To Be Friends’, a cover of which was recorded by Johnson on his 2006 soundtrack album ‘Sing-A-Longs And Lullabies For The Film Curious George’.
White will play shows over the next week in the five US states he has yet to perform in, namely Idaho, Wyoming, South Dakota and North Dakota. White has announced that he will take a break from live performances “for a long period of time” once the tour finishes.
Jack White interrupted his Coachella performance of ‘Seven Nation Army’ over the weekend to urge fans to keep music “sacred”. White told the crowd: “I want you to do me a favour. Do everything you can, tell everyone you know, and the children that you have one day, that music is sacred”. He proceeded to urge fans to chant ‘Music is sacred!”
“This is your world right now,” White continued. “Digital, analogue… however you consume music, let it move your balls and move your brain. I want everyone in this audience to spread the word: Treat musicians with as much respect as you treat actors, directors, and film studios. Treat your local punk bands as well as you treat the new blockbuster movie.”