A guy will promise you the world and give you nothin', and that's the blues.

- Otis Rush

Golden Star - Lone Star State RevueThe Mississippi Valley Blues Society presents the Golden Star – Lone State Revue with Mark Hummel, Little Charlie, and Anson Funderburgh on July 27, at Harley Carrine's formerly The Muddy Waters, 1708 State Street, Bettendorf, IA on Monday, July 27. Larry Davison and Charlie Hayes will start off the night of blues at 5:00 p.m. and the trio of masters will take the stage starting at 6:30 p.m. The cost to see these performances will be $20 if you are a Mississippi Valley Blues Society member, or $25 if you are have not joined the Blues Society (application will be available at The Muddy Waters door). Rolling Smoke will be cooking some bbq items and will be donating a portion of the proceeds to the Mississippi Valley Blues Society.

Golden Star – Lone State Revue consists of five remarkable musicians from the Golden State of California and the Lone Star state of Texas who all love the blues, know the blues, and rock the blues like a barefoot lady dancing her heart out under the moon.

Mark Hummel been steadily on the road since 1984 and released 17 albums and CDs since starting out. His latest is a Little Walter Tribute called "Remembering Little Walter" on Blind Pig Records with Charlie Musselwhite, Billy Boy Arnold, Sugar Ray and James Harman. Mark been nominated for three years in a row for "Best Harmonica" by the BMA Awards. He has been performing and producing the Blues Harmonica Blowouts in California since 1991 and has performed with these multi artists events with the top players in the genre all across the planet.

"Little Charlie" Baty is the former leader and masterful guitarist from Alligator Records recording act "Little Charlie & the Nightcats". Charlie and the Nightcats have recorded 12 albums on Alligator and have been one of the West Coast's most successful blues acts, touring the globe for over 25 years. They've played every major Festival you can think of and every blues joint from Maine to Spain. Guitar World declares, "Baty's straight blues playing is eye-popping...he stretches solos to the breaking point, skittering on the edge, where one wrong note will bring the whole thing crashing down."

Anson Funderburgh is a native of Texas, and has spent the majority of his adult life playing the blues. Anson has earned the respect of artists like Delbert McClinton, Boz Scaggs, Jimmie & Stevie Ray Vaughan and Ronnie Earl. Over the years, these musicians have called on Anson to lend his tremendous guitar talents to their projects. Funderburgh recorded with the Fabulous Thunderbirds on their "Butt Rockin'" album, and went solo in 1981, when the New Orleans-based BlackTop label released "Talk to You by Hand", the label's first release. After releasing nine albums on Black Top, in 1999 Funderburgh changed record labels with the release of "Change in my Pocket" for Bullseye Blues, a CD which won several W.C. Handy Awards. "Funderburgh remains a musician's musician. He'll explode into a fiery and melodic solo, and then seamlessly recede into a song at just the right moment to propel the rhythm...he makes sure the songs both breathe and burn...a band that truly understands the essence of the genre." - Blues Revue.

Rounding out the Golden State – Lone Star Revue are RW Grigsby on bass and famed Texas drummer Wes Starr. Between these two old Rome, GA cronies, they've played with a who's who of famed musicians - Omar & the Howlers, Jr. Brown, Jimmy Vaughn, Asleep At The Wheel, Gary Primich, Kim Wilson, Mike Morgan, Carlene Carter, Hal Ketchum, Earl King, James Cotton and many more.

This event is being presented by The Mississippi Valley Blues Society. The objective of the Society is to educate the general public about the native art form of blues-related music through performance, interpretation and preservation, thus enhancing appreciation and understanding.


The Mississippi Valley Blues Society (MVBS) regrets to announce that due to financial challenges, the 2015 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, planned for LeClaire Park, Davenport, Iowa, September 5 and 6, has been cancelled. The MVBS, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, had started the festival over 30 years ago to create a live music festival to expose the regional area to the native art form of blues-related music, and to raise awareness and funds for blues education programs. Since then, MVBS has presented over 1000 local, regional, and nationally known acts, and has become an award winning, top Blues festivals in the country.

According to MVBS President Steve Heston, "We are not able to proceed with a major event this year, so we will instead concentrate on continuing our existing programs, look to build funding, and possibly hold a festival in 2016."

Some of the current programs of the MVBS include an active Blues in the Schools educational program that reaches over 7,500 students annually, as well as our Concert Series that brings live blues to the Quad Cities, and our radio shows on KALA. The MVBS has one of the most active Blues Education programs of any Blues Society in the country. Each year, the Blues Society plans and coordinates 4-9 weeks of Blues in the Schools programming. This includes 4-5 week-long artist residencies and one month-long summer residency. Performances are free, and expose a wide segment of our community to blues-related music and the rich history and heritage of that music.

"We are saddened to have to make this decision; however, if we take this opportunity to re-group and are able to gain some financial support, we can come back next year with some world-class musicians playing the blues."


Legendary Rhythm & Blues CruiseThe Mississippi Valley Blues Society is offering a "Blues Cruise for Two" raffle for a 7-day cruise on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise sailing in January 2016. Raffle ticket sales will officially begin on May 23, 2015. Only 150 tickets will be sold for $100 for each chance. State of Iowa gambling regulations do not allow on-line purchase of raffle tickets. However, the MVBS "Blues Cruise for Two" raffle ticket mail order forms can be found here. This raffle is a fundraiser for the MVBS.

The cruise for two will be on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise #26 to the Eastern Caribbean January 17-24, 2016. The Holland America ms Niew Amsterdam will sail from Ft. Lauderdale to Tortola BVI, St. Croix USVI and Bahamas Private Island. Blues bands that are scheduled to play to-date include Taj Mahal & the Phantom Band, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Elvin Bishop, Mickey Thomas, Latimore, North Mississippi Allstars, Tab Benoit , Tommy Castro, Samantha Fish, Ruthie Foster, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Colin James, Phantom Blues Band, Danielle Nicole Band, Sugar Blue Band, Kelley Hunt, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, and more!

The Mississippi Valley Blues Society plays an important role locally, nationally, and internationally to "keep the blues alive." The Mississippi Valley Blues Festival was the only major blues festival in the country that was produced by an all-volunteer blues society, without major corporate support. The 2015 Festival was canceled but the Blues Society is regrouping and hopes to bring it back in 2016.

About The Raffle:

Only one ticket will be drawn to win the cruise for two.

This raffle is being held in compliance with the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals Chapter 99B.

The IRS does not allow money spent on raffle tickets to be tax deductible contributions.

The winning ticket will not include transportation to and from Ft. Lauderdale FL, additional ship/port fees ($230 per person), fuel surcharges (announced no later than 30 days prior to sailing), and any gratuities (collected on-board by Holland America).

Only 150 tickets will be sold, with the drawing being held when the last of 150 tickets are sold or September 6, 2015.

All are eligible to win, including MVBS members and affiliates.

You need not be present to win.


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