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Mississippi Valley Blues Society

Photo of a band playing in Davenport at the Blues Fest

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


Friday, November 17
Four Bands, One Night, All Blues
Cabana's

Graphic with information about the bands at the International Blues Challenge Send-Off Party

The 2018 International Blues Challenge will be in Memphis from January 16 to January 20. The winner of the 2017 Iowa Blues Challenge was a Quad Cities band (of course). The Avey/Grouws Band, who you probably heard on the Pedigo/Jones stage during the 2017 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, will need some help with expenses. Memphis ain't cheap. The $10.00 donation at the door is a heckuva deal for hearing the four best blues bands in the Quads and you'll be helping to send the best of the Quad Cities (and Iowa) to Memphis.

The schedule and location is below:
7:00 Zach Harris Band
8:00 The Mercury Brothers
9:00 The Hal Reed Band
10:00 The Avey/Grouws Band

Cabana's (309) 786-1450
2120 4th Avenue
Rock Island, Illinois


Bob Dorr & the Blue Band
Redstone Room
Saturday, December 9
8:00 p.m.

The band that was the headliner at the first Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in 1985 will be making its last Quad Cities appearance on Saturday, December 9. The show at The Redstone Room in the River Music Experience is sponsored by both the Mississippi Valley Blues Society and the River Music Experience. Karen McFarland says they are "...the best damn rockin' soul dance band in the heartland." We're all gonna miss this band when they're gone, but they've done more than their share of bringin' the blues to our area. Don't miss this chance to see them one last time.


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