Mississippi Valley Blues Society

Photo of a band playing in Davenport at the Blues Fest

the Bend

2019 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival relocates to Murphy Park at The Bend, 900 Bend Boulevard, East Moline, Illinois

Due to the record-breaking flood of 2019, the Mississippi Valley Blues Society is announcing the relocation of the 34th Mississippi Valley Blues Festival to Murphy Park at The Bend in East Moline, Illinois.

The Blues Society was told on Tuesday, May 21st that Le Claire Park in Davenport would not be an option for the 2019 Blues Festival.  The Society's Board of Directors voted to negotiate with The Bend in East Moline, and on Friday, May 31st, an agreement was finalized between The Bend/Murphy Park and the Mississippi Valley Blues Society. 

The 2019 Blues Festival will go on as planned, in a new location on Friday July 5th & Saturday July 6th.  Murphy Park is located at 900 Bend Boulevard, East Moline, Illinois.

The Blues Society is excited to be bringing the Festival to the Illinois side of the Mississippi River this year. The Mississippi Valley Blues Society is a non-profit organization, that works hard to fulfill their mission statement by providing Blues entertainment and blues education to both the Illinois and the Iowa Quad Cities and surrounding areas.

In 2014, the Mississippi Valley Blues Society was awarded the International Blues Foundation's top award in the "Blues Festival" and "Keeping the Blues Alive!" categories for their 30th Anniversary Festival. The Mississippi Valley Blues Society's endurance in overcoming the many years of relocating the festival due to flooding was stated as one of the main reasons for the award. e 

Murphy Park has many of the same elements that give the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival that decidedly down home and non-commercial feel to it that lets fest-goers sit back, relax, and enjoy an incredible lineup of Blues talent. There will be music on two stages, food vendors, BluesKool for the kids and adults, and plenty of Blues fans enjoying the breeze off the Mississippi River.

Gates open at 4:00 on Friday, July 5th and at noon on Saturday, July 6th.

Check out The Bend at www.thebendqc.com 

Bring your lawn chairs.
No coolers allowed. Please support our vendors!
Children under 14 are free.

The Hyatt Hotel, 111 Bend Boulevard, East Moline, IL, 309-755-6000 has a block of rooms held at a special Festival rate for the weekend. 

There is plenty of free and convenient parking. 

The schedule for the 2-day Blues festival will go on as planned. 
Still 2 Days, 2 Stages & 15 Bands.


Sunday, June 16
Dave Fields
The Viking Club
1450 41st Street, Moline, Illinois
6:00 p.m. -- Admission is $10.00 or $8.00 for MVBS members

JP Soars

Sunday, June 16 will be a special day for blue-rock fans in the Quad-Cities. That’s the day when Dave Fields will reappear at the Moline Viking Club, 1450  41st Street, Moline. The show will start at 6:00 p.m. and will only cost $8.00 for MVBS members or $10.00 for the general public.

Dave Fields is a “genre-busting” blues-rock guitarist/singer/composer/producer whose performances have been electrifying audiences from New York City, Oslo, Moscow, Sardinia, and San Diego for many years. Todd Fitzsimmons of The NY State Blues Festival says, “Dave deserves to be heard by every blues fan.” And fortunately for blues lovers, his music has been heard on TV, radio, and the web, used for the 2004 Olympics, VH1, IBM, and much more. Dave’s musical path has been quite a journey. “Unlike many blues musicians, I was raised to be a musical ‘hit man’” states Dave. From the time Dave was a young child he was exposed to noteworthy musicians. He grew up in his noted gifted composer/arranger/producer/father’s, Sammy “Forever” Fields, recording studio being exposed to the likes of Sammy Kahn, Rupert Holmes and Stevie Wonder. After attending Berklee College of Music, Dave was immersed in the NYC music scene as a first-call guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. This allowed Dave his unmatchable music experience which lead to him doing sessions with many famous musicians and producers like Tommy James and Ahmed Ertegen (to name a few) and even was on staff of one of the top five jingle companies in “NY Look Music” As Dave’s notoriety grew, he was able to add playing/recording with Aretha Franklin, performances with the likes of Hubert Sumlin, The Drifters, Lenny Kravitz, and Blues Traveler, and his appearance in the U2 movie “Rattle and Hum” to his resume.

But not long into his musical career, Dave made the decision that he was going to make a stand in his life. He was going to do what was really important to himself. So he set out on his new career path—being Dave Fields the artist. “I had backed up and produced so many other artists and one day it dawned on me, why am I doing this for everyone else? Why can't I do it for me!” This turned out to be a remarkable decision for him—in 2006 Dave won Best Self Produced CD at the International Blues Challenge for producing “Back in Bluesville” and on May 20, 2012 he was inducted into NY Blues Hall Of Fame along with John Hammond and Gary US Bonds. “As a musician I was put on this this earth to spread joy, love and life to everyone. I try to do that what every note I play, with every lyric I write and sing” said Dave Fields.

“When I first heard him I knew he had something special.
When Dave plays he plays with such passion.”


“…an enjoyable listen for both blues acolytes and casual club jumpers … an
exhilarating concert experience if you ever get a chance to see Fields live.”


“Fields stand apart as a flamboyant entertainer.”


Mississippi Valley Blues Society
Upcoming Shows

Sunday, June 16
Dave Fields
The Viking Club
1450 41st Street, Moline, Illinois
6:00 p.m. -- Admission is $10.00 or $8.00 for MVBS members

Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6
Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
The Bend
Murphy Park
900 Bend Boulevard
East Moline, Illinois

Tickets are available at:

Tickets at the gate will be Friday - $20.00, Saturday - $30.00, Both days - $45.00.
Advance tickets are Friday - $15.00, Saturday - $25.00, Both days - $35.00. There are small fees added to the advance prices.


An extensive list of other blues and jazz shows in the area can be found here.

Blues Fest photo

Photo of three musicians playing at the Quad Cities Mississippi Valley Blues Festival