For 17 years, Ronnie Stewart has scouted out the best blues musicians from the West Coast, the South and even around the world to perform at the Russell City Blues Festival, a celebration of the Hayward neighborhood’s history and musical heritage.
At 5:12 a.m. April 18, 1906, a violent earthquake shattered the San Francisco morning. Many of the buildings that survived the quake fell to the fires that roared through the city. The citizens of San Francisco were left refugees in their own home. Disaster brought disease in its wake. But one building survived the earthquake: San Francisco General Hospital, which still stood on Potrero Avenue and brought medical care and comfort to the city’s shell-shocked residents.