Saturday, July 18, 2009

San Francisco's blues mural

Blogging from San Francisco.

You walk around any city and you're bound to find a hidden treasure such as the blues mural found at the Hamilton Recreation Center on Post Street and Steiner.

San Fransisco hasn't produced many blues artists, but it can boast that KPOO, the first non-commercial black-owned station west of the Mississippi.

Muddy Waters, Bobbie "Blue" Bland, B.B. King, and Stevie Ray Vaughan are among the blues artists on the mural, but some performers not considered practicioners of genre, including James Brown, Tupac Shakur, and Mahalia Jackson have been committed to paint there. Another Jackson, Jesse, can be found among the stars.

The project actually consists of two murals, a celestial frieze divides them.

Related posts from My Mississippi Manifest Destiny:

Leland's Blues Murals
Highway 61 Blues Museum
Blues Trail
Clarksdale, Home of the Delta Blues
Robert Johnson's Crossroads

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2 comments:

Andrea Shea King said...

Hey Marathon Man - That's really quite a cool mural... colorful!

I emailed Jack Cashill and told him that you prepped for the trip by reading his book. I'm sure he was honored.

Have fun. San Francisco is a unique experience. I was there in '77. Cable cars, Lombard st, the strip joints in North Beach... oh yeah. Unique. LOL

John Ruberry said...

Thanks...According to Cashill's book, the Church of Satan was headquarted in North Beach, where we are headed this morning, via a double decker bus tour. We'll try to hit all the tourist-y spots today.