missouri music

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The sudden closure of a downtown Columbia bar has set off speculation on social media and raised questions in the community. The Blue Fugue, located on S. 9th St. in Columbia,  has been a staple to the city’s music scene, hosting a variety of live bands and DJs, including its Friday night “Fire N Ice” Latin dance parties.

But the owners of the bar have yet to confirm that the venue has officially closed.

We'll admit that we've never heard of it till this NPR story came along: parlor music. It's a genre of music popular in the late 19th century--before recorded music gave people something to listen to in the parlor. Lena Hughes was never famous outside of Missouri but she was a master of the genre. Now, more than a decade after her death, one of her superfans is reissuing the only recording she ever made.