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Mississippi Valley Blues Society

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Events

Sunday, March 24
Ghost Town Blues Band
Moline Viking Club
Moline, Illinois
6:00 p.m. -- Admission is $12.00 or $10.00 for MVBS members

Ghost Town Blues Band

If you wanna hear Memphis blues, you wanna hear all of it. By going from cigar-box guitars through the trombone and B3 the Ghost Town Blues Band will deliver. You’ll get to hear this dynamite band in the Moline Viking Club, 1450 41st Street, Moline, Illinois The show will start at 6:00 p.m., Sunday, March 24, 2019.

Recently featured at Montreal Jazz Festival, Beale Street’s latest success story, 4-time 2016 Independent Blues Award Nominee and International Blues Challenge Runner-up is Ghost Town Blues Band. Not your grandpa’s blues band, their live show has been captivating audiences in the U.S. and Canada with a second-line horn entrance, cigar box guitars and electric push brooms to Allman Brothers style jams and even a hip-hop trombone player.

Horns, harmonies and homegrown instruments combined with an energetic and roots rich festival set makes Ghost Town Blues Band one of the “must see live bands on the festival circuit today.” Both Andrew McNeill behind the drums and Matt Karner on the bass guitar are a punishing rhythm section behind multi-instrumentalist/frontman Matt Isbell with raunchy cigar box guitar licks and raspy "Dr. John-like, whiskey and gravel-soaked vocals." With the addition of Trombonist Suavo Jones, Cedric Taylor on B3 and Taylor Orr on lead guitar, the grooves go from fresh to Funky as the band gains more notoriety in the blues festival and jam circuit. Ghost Town Blues Band has performed all across North America at over 100 festivals and will perform a half-dozen international tours in 2018.

"With a shoot-from-the-hip Memphis attitude, and a STAX-busting explosion of modern blues vision, GTBB represents a welcome changing of the guard. … GTBB shows what can happen when the past is distilled through young sensibilities, voices, and instruments. This is 21st century blues at its best. "
Living Blues Magazine

 


Monday, April 8
Chris O'Leary Band
Moline Viking Club
Moline, Illinois
7:00 p.m. --

Chris

Chris’s musical background includes duties as lead singer and front man for rock and roll hall of famer and Grammy award winner Levon Helm’s band, The Barnburners. During the 6 years that Chris and Levon played together they toured across the US and Canada lighting up stages everywhere they went. Chris has appeared on stage with: Legendary Rolling Stones sideman Bobby Keys, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmy Vivino, Jeff Healy, Dan Akroyd, Albert Lee, Dave Edmunds, Dave Maxwell and the great James Cotton to name just a few. Chris has also recorded with Bill Perry and Hubert Sumlin, among others.

The Chris O’Leary Band’s debut CD “Mr. Used to Be” won the 2011 Best New Artist Debut CD Blues Blast Award and was nominated for best new artist debut at the 2011 American Blues Music Awards.
The regular members of the band include:

  • Tom Terry — bass
  • Chris DiFrancesco — baritone sax
  • Andy Stahl — tenor sax
  • Andrei Koribanics — drums

 


Sunday, May 5
Orphan Jon & the Abandoned
Moline Viking Club
Moline, Illinois
6:00 p.m. -- Admission is $12.00 or $10.00 for MVBS members

OJ

Orphan Jon & the Abandoned are coming back! They’ll be at the Moline Viking Club, 1450 41st, Moline, Illinois on Sunday, May 5. The music starts at 6:00 p.m. and all it will cost you is $12.00 or $10.00 if you’re a member of the Mississippi Valley Blues Society. You can join at the door so you can save at this and future shows.

Orphan Jon and The Abandoned are Rip Cat Records recording artists based out of Southern California and a national touring Roots and Blues band. A 2018 Blues Blast Music Awards double nominee. Currently receiving airplay throughout the world on many Blues and Roots stations for their debut album "Abandoned No More" as well as high reviews for the album and live performances by several top Blues critics, promoters and venue owners. Orphan Jon And The Abandoned performs originals; with a few covers mixed in, all with passion, high energy and a tight sound unlike any other. http://www.orphanjon.com/

"From Southern California comes an original band that has a sound and style all its own. Rip Cat Records label release Orphan Jon "Abandoned No More" featuring Bruce Krupnik is getting people talking. Jon's lyrics are from the colors of his heart (think Dylan, Guthrie) and Bruce's music is the brush of which they both paint this portrait of Orphan Jon "Abandoned No More" ~Rip Cat Records

Orphan Jon and The Abandoned (OJATA) is an American Roots and Blues band from Southern California. OJATA is quickly becoming a go to band because of the high energy and passion they display while performing. Roots and Blues is their life blood, and it shows in their ever popular originals; and the few selective covers, they bring to every show. It is the bands goal to captivate the audience from the first note struck until the last chord is played while entertaining them both musically and visually.

OJATA simply put, is a very unique band. Unique in that they express themselves in such a way; that’s so different, that many have said after seeing them perform live, they’ve never seen nor heard anyone like them before. And not only do they capture the traditional fans of the blues; which they so love and cherish, but also have been gaining more and more of a younger audience due to the Roots style of music they showcase everywhere they’ve been honored to play. When you see and hear OJATA you will be taken on a journey through the ups and downs, the twists and turns, peaks and valleys of the vibrancy of love and everyday living through their music. They are a rare breed full of spirit and charisma, and they put on a show that is both energetic and captivating with a tight sound like no other.

Orphan Jon and The Abandoned is a band that totally captures the essence of what Americana Music is all about; hard work, rough life, grinding days, moving souls, touching hearts and heartfelt love, day to day, and all the time.

“A must see, a must hear band that is turning heads everywhere they perform.”
Al Factorman- Well Respected Blues Enthusiast and Historian of Los Angeles, Ca.

 


Mississippi Valley Blues Society
Upcoming Shows

Sunday, March 24
Ghost Town Blues Band
Moline Viking Club
Moline, Illinois
6:00 p.m. -- Admission is $12.00 or $10.00 for MVBS members

Monday, April 8
Chris O'Leary Band
Moline Viking Club
Moline, Illinois
7:00 p.m. --

Sunday, May 5
Orphan Jon & the Abandoned
Moline Viking Club
Moline, Illinois
6:00 p.m. -- Admission is $12.00 or $10.00 for MVBS members

Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6
Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
LeClaire Park
Davenport, Iowa
More info coming soon!

An extensive list of other blues and jazz shows in the area can be found here.
http://qcliveblues.org/

Blues Fest photo

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