Mississippi Valley Blues Society

Photo of a band playing in Davenport at the Blues Fest

the Bend

2019 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival relocates to Murphy Park at The Bend, 900 Bend Boulevard, East Moline, Illinois

Due to the record-breaking flood of 2019, the Mississippi Valley Blues Society is announcing the relocation of the 34th Mississippi Valley Blues Festival to Murphy Park at The Bend in East Moline, Illinois.

The Blues Society was told on Tuesday, May 21st that Le Claire Park in Davenport would not be an option for the 2019 Blues Festival.  The Society's Board of Directors voted to negotiate with The Bend in East Moline, and on Friday, May 31st, an agreement was finalized between The Bend/Murphy Park and the Mississippi Valley Blues Society. 

The 2019 Blues Festival will go on as planned, in a new location on Friday July 5th & Saturday July 6th.  Murphy Park is located at 900 Bend Boulevard, East Moline, Illinois.

The Blues Society is excited to be bringing the Festival to the Illinois side of the Mississippi River this year. The Mississippi Valley Blues Society is a non-profit organization, that works hard to fulfill their mission statement by providing Blues entertainment and blues education to both the Illinois and the Iowa Quad Cities and surrounding areas.

In 2014, the Mississippi Valley Blues Society was awarded the International Blues Foundation's top award in the "Blues Festival" and "Keeping the Blues Alive!" categories for their 30th Anniversary Festival. The Mississippi Valley Blues Society's endurance in overcoming the many years of relocating the festival due to flooding was stated as one of the main reasons for the award. e 

Murphy Park has many of the same elements that give the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival that decidedly down home and non-commercial feel to it that lets fest-goers sit back, relax, and enjoy an incredible lineup of Blues talent. There will be music on two stages, food vendors, BluesKool for the kids and adults, and plenty of Blues fans enjoying the breeze off the Mississippi River.

Gates open at 4:00 on Friday, July 5th and at noon on Saturday, July 6th.

Check out The Bend at www.thebendqc.com 

Bring your lawn chairs.
No coolers allowed. Please support our vendors!
Children under 14 are free.

The Hyatt Hotel, 111 Bend Boulevard, East Moline, IL, 309-755-6000 has a block of rooms held at a special Festival rate for the weekend. 

There is plenty of free and convenient parking. 

The schedule for the 2-day Blues festival will go on as planned. 
Still 2 Days, 2 Stages & 15 Bands.


Mississippi Valley Blues Society
Upcoming Shows

Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6
Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
The Bend
Murphy Park
900 Bend Boulevard
East Moline, Illinois

Tickets are available at:

Tickets at the gate will be Friday - $20.00, Saturday - $30.00, Both days - $45.00.
Advance tickets are Friday - $15.00, Saturday - $25.00, Both days - $35.00. There are small fees added to the advance prices.


An extensive list of other blues and jazz shows in the area can be found here.

Blues Fest photo

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