Blues on State Street
Marshall Field and Company exists now only as a sign that Macy's hasn't removed out of fear of alienating the Chicago market and its fond remembrances of the once venerable Field and Company. Much the same can be said of Maxwell Street Market, which has been moved to a new location and is a shadow of its former self. Yet, Brian Doroba (guitar) and his drummer friend brought some fine Maxwell Street atmosphere to State Street today. Joining them for several tunes was Martino who was visiting from Argentina and just so happened to have a blues harp on hand. He plugged into Doroba's amp.
The City was dedicating Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra's mural honoring Muddy Waters. There was a band on hand with two of Muddy's sons (Mud and Big Bill Morganfield) on hand paying tribute and entertaining several hundred people squeezed onto the sidewalk in front of Block 37. No photographs for me because of access limitations, but no matter, these guys had a rollicking good time playing for passersby on the other side of the street. They did respectfully wait until the dedication ceremony was over.