- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - This year’s Chicago Blues Festival will celebrate the contributions of two of the city’s musical greats - Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon.

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events announced Monday that Waters and Dixon will be given special tributes during the 32nd annual festival June 12-14.

Both came to Chicago during the migration of blacks from the South in the late 1930s and 40s and helped define the Chicago blues sound.

They also influenced generations of musicians.

Festival officials say a 1969 blues concert that Dixon helped produce was a precursor to the current festival. The Chicago festival began in 1984 to honor Waters, who’d died the year before.

Dixon died in 1992.

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Online: https://www.chicagobluesfestival.us


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