Monday, July 8, 2013

Buddy Guy and Cassandra Struve

Cassandra Struve, the street performer attacked by three black women because she was playing "Minnie the Moocher" on her saxophone outside of Summerfest, met a blues legend last Saturday night - Buddy Guy.

From FOX6 News:

A saxophone player who says she was assaulted while playing outside Summerfest had the opportunity to meet Buddy Guy on Saturday night, July 6th.

Cassandra Struve says she was assaulted outside of Summerfest by a group of women, and says the crime was racially motivated.

Struve entertains the crowds as they leave Summerfest. But lately, the music has been muted; stifled by piercing headaches and bruises on her face.

...Struve says a woman ran up to her and hit her as she played “Minnie the Moocher” on her saxophone.

“Her daughter comes out of nowhere and she actually hit me three times,” said Struve.

Struve says she pushed back.

“As they walked away, they were saying ‘white saxophone playing B word,’” said Struve. “I was upset and crying instantly because I knew that when she hit me, she hit me with only racial hate.”

Three females, a 41-year-old, 24-year-old and 14-year-old were cited for disorderly conduct. The 41-year-old was also cited for assault and battery.

“Disorderly conduct and battery only and they should not get that, they should get a lot higher of a charge because they did that out of hate,” said Struve.

Struve is now asking the accused by charged with a hate crime.

...On Saturday, Struve was provided an opportunity to meet and share her story with Blues musician Buddy Guy. Guy shared some of his own life experiences with Struve and encouraged her to keep playing.
On his Monday show, Mark Belling shared the story and a photo of the meeting.

It's really great that Buddy Guy took the time to meet with Struve when he was in Milwaukee to perform at Summerfest. I imagine his concern and words of encouragement meant a great deal to Struve.

It's an uplifting story, a reminder not to think that hate is pervasive. There are good people, like Buddy Guy.

1 comment:

Cassandra Struvé said...

It was a privilege to meet him he was a inspirational man for me. Ill never forget what happened. It turned my life around. I kept playing the night of my attack too