2021 is the ‘Year of Chicago Music’

Bob Sirott

Marie Dixon, widow of blues legend Willie Dixon, sits in front of a photograph of her husband Willie, left, Muddy Waters, and Buddy Guy, right, at the Blues Heaven Foundation in the recording studio of the old Chess Records building on April 8, 2008, in Chicago. As old bluesmen die, the Chicago scene is finding itself in transition. The music that was born in the rural South and raised in the urban North, has grown old and tired. Its fan base is aging. Blues haunts are shuttered. And its up-and-coming musicians are struggling. Nowhere is the decline more evident than in Chicago, arguably the city that made the genre famous. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Bob Sirott speaks with Lydia Ross, Director of Public Art from the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in Chicago, about the Music Lives Here Project and the 2021 Year of Chicago Music. Lydia shares details about Year of Chicago Music as the city commissioned the Music Lives Here Project to pay tribute to the spaces, places and people that have shaped Chicago’s music by creating unique graphic “Tribute Markers” the have been placed at 50 sites throughout the city.

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