Mississippi Valley Blues Society

Photo of a band playing in Davenport at the Blues Fest

Bruce Katz Band
Rico’s Tropical Cantina, Wednesday, April 11, 7:00 p.m.
MVBS Members, $10.00 – Non Members, $12.00

On Wednesday, April 11 Quad Citians Will be able to hear an old favorite in new venue when The Bruce Katz Band plays in Rico’s Tropical Cantina, 1510 N. Harrison Street, Davenport, Iowa at 7:00 p.m. Music won’t be the only treat to enjoy that spring evening. Rico’s has an excellent kitchen serving up some amazing dinners influenced by the food of Mexico, Jamaica and Venezuela.

Bruce Katz is a four time (2008, 2009, 2010, 2015) Nominee for the Blues Music Award (W.C. Handy Award) for "Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year", selected by the Blues Foundation of Memphis, TN.

While Blues is a very important part of his music, Bruce's music has more angles and influences, occupying a unique space where blues, "soul-jazz", jam-band rock, and all aspects of Americana Music collide into a style of original music all his own. He is equally comfortable playing Hammond B-3 Organ and Piano.

Besides leading the Bruce Katz Band, Bruce performs regularly with the Delbert McClinton Band, Jaimoe's Jasssz Band, John Hammond, and other artists as well. He was a member of the Gregg Allman Band from 2007-2013.

Bruce was also an Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music for fourteen years (1996-2010), teaching Harmony, Hammond organ labs, Private Instruction and Blues History.

As a performer, Bruce has been an in-demand sideman as well as leading his own band. He has played and recorded with many of the leading names in blues and roots music, appearing on over 70 albums with artists such as Ronnie Earl, John Hammond, Delbert McClinton, Gregg Allman, Duke Robillard, Joe Louis Walker, Little Milton, Maria Muldaur, Jimmy Witherspoon, Paul Rishell, Mighty Sam McClain, Debbie Davies, David “Fathead” Newman and many others.


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The winner of the poster contest for the 2018 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival was announced at the Figge Art Museum on Thursday, February 8. The Blues Society received 22 excellent entries. Choosing just one was a difficult task for the five judges.

The winner was Charleston Balsar from Davenport's Creative Arts Acadamy. We appreciate the effort and creativity from all the Quad Cities area high school students who submitted designs.

Here is what you'll be seeing on posters and t-shirts in July.


Just announced: The 2018 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival will be held on July 6th and 7th! Stay tuned for more updates!

The Mississippi Valley Blues Society would like to thank all of our members, volunteers, vendors, musicians, and patrons that helped make this years festival the success that it was. THANK YOU!

Blues Fest photo

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