Mississippi Valley Blues Society

Photo of a band playing in Davenport at the Blues Fest


The Mississippi Valley Blues Society continues to "Keep the Blues Alive" in the Quad Cities, by bringing top notch blues musicians to our area!

Date: Sunday, October 28
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Rock Island's Establishment Theatre, 220 19th Street


Quad Citians who long for the very finest blues Chicago can produce will get their wish fulfilled when Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials take the stage at Rock Island’s Establishment Theatre, 220 19th Street on Sunday, October 28. The fun will start at 6:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:00). Admission to the show will be $18.00 or only $15.00 for Mississippi Valley Blues Society members. You can join at the door.

Currently celebrating 30 history-making years together, LIL' ED & THE BLUES IMPERIALS ply their musical talents with skills that have been honed to a razor's edge. Mixing smoking slide guitar boogies and raw-boned shuffles with the deepest slow-burners, Lil' Ed Williams and his Blues Imperials -- bassist (and Ed's half-brother) James "Pookie" Young, guitarist Mike Garrett and drummer Kelly Littleton -- deliver gloriously riotous, rollicking and intensely emotional blues. 

Their infectious energy, joyful showmanship and masterful playing have been honed to a razor’s edge by their many years together. Lil’ Ed, Pookie, Mike and Kelly have seen sports stars and presidents, musical fads and fashion trends come and go. Meanwhile, their fiery music has more than stood the test of time. “We’re not band members,” says Williams, “we’re family, and families stay together.” Night after night, gig after riotous gig, the musical family called Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials bring their big, dynamic Chicago blues sound to fans across the country and around the world.

Here’s what others say about the band.

”Electrifying, raucous, pure Chicago blues….Lil’ Ed is a guitarist extraordinaire….slashing slide and flamboyant stage persona.” – Chicago Tribune

“Rough and ready blues played with unmitigated intensity…Swirling, snarling, riveting slide….The Blues Imperials pound out riffs and rhythms like they’re overdosing on boogie juice.  Scorching and soulful, joyous and stomping.” – Living Blues


Date: Thursday, November 15
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Moline Viking Club


The MVBS is catching some rising stars from Austin while we still can. They’ll be opening for Kenny Wayne Shepherd on November 14th & 16th, but we can hear the band in Moline on Thursday, November 15th. The show will be at the Moline Viking Club at 6:00 p.m.  Mississippi Valley Blues Society Members can join the crowd for just $10.00 with non-members paying $12.00. You can join at the door and save on this and future MVBS shows.

The Peterson Brothers combine youthful energy and modern influences with soul, funk, blues & jazz to a create a sound that is uniquely their own. Their live shows feature jam-band style improvisation. Besides Kenny Wayne Shepherd they have been opening for Gary Clark Jr., Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Buddy Guy and the late B.B. King. Past appearances include the Chicago Blues Festival and the Austin City Limits Festival.

Here’s what others say about them.

They are a couple of kids from Texas that I saw at the King Biscuit Fest about 5 to 8 years ago when they were like 11 and 13 (or 14).  I think now they are 19 and 22. Career beginning to blossom, catching them on their way up.
—Steve Brundies, MVBS Events Committee Chair

“The only thing missing from the Peterson Brothers Band is the word “amazing” at the front of the name.” 
– San Antonio Express-News

“The Peterson Brothers Band are the new rising stars on the Austin music scene.”
– Examiner.com


Mississippi Valley Blues Society
Upcoming Shows

Sunday, October 28
Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials
Rock Island's Establishment Theatre
220 19th Street
Rock Island, Illinois
6:00 p.m. -- Admission is $18.00 or $15.00 for MVBS members

Thursday, November 15
The Peterson Brothers Band
Moline Viking Club
Moline, Illinois
6:00 p.m. -- Admission is $12.00 or $10.00 for MVBS members

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