Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Blues Return: Oakland, CA

          (Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times / December 6, 2011)

Oakland, California. 7th Street was the place which was bustling with shipyard workers and sailors, musicians and locals meeting up at the soda fountains and soul food restaurants, shops and other businesses that lined the street, back in 1950's after World War Two.

"Twenty-one years. That's a bite out of anyone's life," says Ronnie Stewart, a local blues artist who also founded the city's blues society; that's how long it took him to get the city's musical past recognized.

84 musicians will have plaques in their names lined up 7th street soon, as a historical nod and an honoring, to the city's bustling blues & Jazz scenes.

Maybe I'll have a walk of fame in Kuwait's Salwa street someday? :P

via L.A. Times

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