The blues is the foundation, and it's got to carry the top. The other part of the scene, the rock 'n' roll and the jazz, are the walls of the blues.                                                                                                           
- Luther Allison

Damon Fowler Returns to the Quad Cities At Kavanaugh’s Hilltop, Friday, March 24, 2017

Damon Fowler byTracy MayThe Mississippi Valley Blues Society proudly brings back to the area Damon Fowler on Friday, March 24 at Kavanaugh’s Hilltop Tap, 1228 30th Street, Rock Island, IL. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. Admission is $10 for Mississippi Valley Blues Society members, or $12 for non-members (application will be available at the door).

With his hybrid of roots rock, blues, and sacred steel, Florida native Damon Fowler started wowing audiences with his musical exploits as a teenager, building a reputation as one of the hottest young players on the scene. Adding songwriting and vocal skills to his repertoire over the years has brought him many accolades, with critics extolling his originality and maturity as well as his technical guitar expertise. In last year's "Best of Tampa" poll, Creative Loafing magazine named him "Best Guitarist... And Slide Guitarist...and Lap Steel Player...and Dobro Player."

Fowler's guitar work has been compared to Johnny Winter and Jeff Beck, while his slide guitar has a hint of the late Duane Allman. He can play fiery guitar runs with the best of them, but it's his lyrical work on lap steel and Dobro that makes him stand out among the legions of guitar heroes. Guitar Player magazine notes: "In the Blues world—or any other genre, for that matter—the complete package is hard to come by...to combine facile fervor on a Tele, a lap-steel, and a flattop with a truly compelling vocal style and soulful songwriting—that's something rare in an artist of any age. It's even more impressive when such maturity and authenticity come from a 25-year-old like Damon Fowler."

Mississippi Valley Blues Festival Returns in 2016!

Mississippi Valley Blues FestivalThe Mississippi Valley Blues Society is pleased to announce the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival is returning to LeClaire Park, Davenport, Iowa for the 31st year on July 1st and 2nd, 2016. More than 10 acts will be booked, bringing the audience an array of Blues music for 2-days starting at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 1 and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 2. Tickets for admission will go on sale soon.

The acts for weekend are still being scheduled and the full lineup will be announced shortly. “We want the 2016 lineup to reach a wide audience while maintaining our Blues roots,” says Steve Heston, President of the Mississippi Valley Blues Society. “We’re confident this year’s lineup, featuring local and regional Blues acts, will do just that and we look forward to celebrating our thirty-first year with music fans from around the world.”

In 2016, guests can expect the return of favorite attractions such as BlueSkool along with some new experiences which will debut at the festival this year.

MVBS is still seeking corporate and individual sponsorship to help offset this year’s event expenses. Individuals can give monetarily during the months leading up to the festival through attending the scheduled fundraising events and by donating through a Go-Fund-Me campaign. Corporate and individual sponsorship information will be announced soon on this site.

It is the goal of the MVBS to present a 2-day Blues music experience along the Mississippi River that will maintain the integrity of our blues festivals from the past 30 years.