Mississippi Valley Blues Society

Photo of a band playing in Davenport at the Blues Fest

The Paul Nelson Band – $10.00 - MVBS members, $12.00 - Non-members

MVBS presents The Paul Nelson Band, Friday, March 23, 8:00 p.m., Moline Vikings Club, 1450 41st Street, Moline, Illinois

Paul Nelson is recognized as one of today's top guitarists/songwriters and producers not only having the distinction of being the hand picked fellow guitarist to the legendary rock/blues icon Johnny Winter but he has toured the world over performing and or recorded along side an endless who's who list of top artists from Eric Clapton to Slash, Billy Gibbons, Ben Harper, Robben Ford, Vince Gill, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, James Cotton, Joe Perry, Susan Tedeschi, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, John Popper, Dr. John, Larry Carlton, Leslie West, Joe Bonamassa, Sonny Landreth, Dickey Betts to Joe Walsh and more...

Nelson and his music have reached millions with appearances on Late Night with David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel Live, in the award winning documentaries: "Down and Dirty" The Johnny Winter Story and "Sideman: Long Road to Glory"(feat: Bonnie Rait, Greg Allman, Hubert Sumlin), to the music written/performed and broadcast nationally on NBC on multiple major album releases, in books, instructional guitar columns, live Concert DVD's, and guest performances on countless recordings.

"The Paul Nelson Band Rocks. Period."
- Goldmine Magazine

"What else can we say about Paul Nelson except...Chops Deluxe."
- Guitar World Magazine

"An A-List guitar player...one of the most technically dazzling players around today."
- Guitar Magazine

"He's a soulful player who has chops to burn. The word 'ferocious' comes to mind, or 'take no prisoners"
- Vintage Guitar Magazine

Photo of Paul Nelson playing the guitar



Bruce Katz Band – Moline Vikings Club, Wednesday, April 11, 7:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, April 11, The Bruce Katz Band will play in the Moline Vikings Club, 1450 41st Street, Moline, Illinois at 7:00 p.m.

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.

Admission is $10.00 for MVBS members and $12.00 for non-members.


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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!

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