Muddy Waters Mural on State Street: dedication and tribute schedule

Muddy Waters Mural on State Street: dedication and tribute schedule
Muddy Waters mural. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

A special performance and dedication ceremony for the nine-story Muddy Waters Mural on State Street is being held as a kick off to the Chicago Blues Festival, June 9-11 in its new home, Millennium Park.

The dedication will take place at noon, June 8th on the sidewalk in front of the building where the mural is located at 17 N. State Street–at the corner of State and  Washington Streets.

The mural by Brazilian street artist, Eduardo Kobra and his team was completed in just over two weeks on Friday, May 20, 2016.

Muddy Waters known as the “father of modern Chicago blues” came to Chicago from Mississippi in 1943, as a part of the “great migration” of African Americans from the southern United States.

“I Can’t Be Satisfied” and “I Feel Like Going Home” were some of Waters earliest hits recorded in the late 1940s on the Aristocrat label (later Chess Records).

In the early 1950s, Waters hit parade continued with “Hoochie Coochie Man”, “I Just Want to Make Love to You”, and “I’m Ready.”

Along with his former harmonica player Little Walter Jacobs and Howlin’ Wolf, Waters reigned over the early 1950s Chicago blues scene, transforming the Delta blues into the Chicago sound that has influenced generations of musicians like the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Buddy Guy and countless others.

Thursday’s dedication will feature a performance by the Muddy Waters Legacy Band featuring Muddy’s sons Mud and Big Bill Morganfield and former band members, John Primer, Rick Kreher, Studebaker John, Edward McDaniel, Donny Nichilo and Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith.

There will also be a speaking program anchored by the mural’s artist Eduardo Kobra.

 Pop-up Shop

Kobra and the Muddy Waters Foundation will be hosting a pop-up shop selling merchandise inspired by the mural at the Virgin Hotel, 203 N. Wabash Avenue. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Muddy Waters Foundation.

Additionally, the artist has created a limited edition of 100 prints of the Muddy mural in a print sized version.

Pop-up Shop Hours: Thursday, June 8, 1–5 p.m.; Friday, June 9, 2–10 p.m. and Saturday, June 10, 2–10 p.m.

Blues Festival

Blues Festival takes place Friday, June 9 – Sunday, June 11 at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.  Opening night of the festival will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues. Highlights of the evening include: Performances by two-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated artist and American blues legend John Primer and The Real Deal. (Primer was the bandleader and guitarist for Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and Magic Slim & The Teardrops).

For complete details and festival schedule, click here. 

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