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!

Straight whiskey blues with a southern rock beer chaser is coming to Bettendorf. On Friday, August 17 at 7:30 that's what the stage will be serving you. The stage will be in Harley Corin's, 1708 State Street, Bettendorf, Iowa. The cover charge is $12.00 or $10.00 for MVBS members.

Date: Friday, August 17
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Harley Corin's, 1708 State Street, Bettendorf, Iowa 52722 / (563) 355-0655

Too Slim Promo Photo

Too Slim and the Taildraggers' high energy Blues Rock has been thrilling audiences for years. Tim "Too Slim" Langford is a monster guitarist and unabashed blues rocker whose influences run the gamut from Lightnin' Hopkins, Freddy King, Duane Allman, Lynyrd Skynyrd to Robin Trower. He is a prolific singer/songwriter whose songs have now yielded an impressive 13 studio Too Slim and the Taildraggers albums, 2 solo albums and several live CDs all on his own Underworld Records imprint.

Too Slim and the Taildraggers are Tim "Too Slim" Langford on guitar/vocals, Zach Kasik on bass/vocals and Jeff "Shakey" Fowlkes on drums/vocals.

The band's ever evolving musical direction cannot easily be classified into any box or category. Tim "Too Slim" Langford has received Lifetime Achievement and Hall of Fame awards by three Northwest blues societies, as well as more than 40 regional and national music awards. Too Slim and the Taildraggers music has also been featured on MTV's series, The Real World and Road Rules. After 30 years of knocking it out of the park on recordings and stages across the world, Too Slim and the Taildraggers shows no sign of slowing down!

Date: Sunday, August 26
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Moline Vikings Club 1450 41st Street, Moline, Illinois 61265 / (309) 764-8758

Photo of David Gerald

The soul, blues and rock of Detroit will be brought together in the Moline Viking Club, 1450 41st Street, Moline on Sunday, August 26 at 6:00 p.m. when David Gerald takes the stage. He learned to play guitar with pieced together instruments he made from a neighbors scrap. "…I had to play music. It was and is my destiny." Says David. Music is what he knows and is dedicated to. While primarily a singer and guitarist, he has taught himself bass, keyboards and drums. It's what he had to do to make sure the music happened. Albert King, ZZ Hill, B.B. King, and Stevie Ray Vaughan have been his most influential performers. That sounds like the kind of music Quad Citians want to hear more of, and they will at the Viking Club in late August. Admission is $12.00 or $10.00 for MVBS members.

Date: Friday, September 7
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Celebration Belle 2501 River Drive, Moline, Illinois 61265 / (309) 764-1952

Photo of David Gerald

Spend an evening cruising the mighty Mississippi River on board the Celebration Belle with blues singer, songwriter, Tas Cru. We'll be cruising on The Celebration Belle, 2501 River Drive, Moline, Illinois. Friday, September 7 is the day. Boarding will start at 6:00 p.m. and the boat will leave promptly at 6:30 p.m. Don't be late! The music starts at 6:30 p.m., too. The link below will let you buy advance tickets for the Cruise.


Date: Wednesday, September 19
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Kavanaugh's Hilltop 1228 30th Street, Rock Island, Illinois 61201 / (309) 764-8758

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J. P. Soars, pure blues with eclectic influences coming to Kavanaugh's.

On Wednesday, September 19 the audience at Kavanaugh's Hilltop will hear some hard- driving electric blues backed up by experience with jazz, metal and country. JP Soars is not a typical blues guitarist. He has a diverse musical background that encompasses a multitude of influences. " I love T-bone Walker, Jesse May Hemphill, Wes Montgomery, Django Reinhardt, Muddy Waters, Johnny Guitar Watson, Guitar Slim and Louis Jordan. But I also love Tito Puente, Miles Davis, Hank Williams, Black Sabbath and Slayer." Soars toured the globe and recorded several records with some of the most extreme metal bands in the world before finding his home in the blues! It is these attributes that are giving Soars an instantaneously recognizable style.

In 2009, Soars' unique approach paid off as he and his trio The Red Hots defeated bands from around the world to win the annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. Soars also won the Albert King Award for most promising guitarist. In 2011, Soars teamed up with Tampa singer/guitarist Damon Fowler and Memphis singer/keyboardist Victor Wainwright in the all-star blues act Southern Hospitality. Southern Hospitality was such a hit at the 2013 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival that everyone who heard them remembered them.

The cover charge for this outstanding show is only $12.00 or $10.00 for MVBS members. You can join at the show. The fun will start at 6:00 p.m.

Date: Sunday, October 7
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Moline Vikings Club 1450 41st Street, Moline, Illinois 61265 / (309) 764-8758

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Orphan Jon & the Abandoned tore up Kavanaugh's on April 22. If you were there we know you want to hear more. If you missed it, here's your chance. They'll be at the Moline Viking Club, 1450 41 st , Moline, Illinois on Sunday, October 7. 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 (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, August 12
Shane Johnson's Blue Train
Moline Viking Club (309) 764-8758
1450 41st Street
Moline, Illinois
6:00 p.m.

Friday, August 17
Too Slim & the Taildraggers
Harley Corin's (563) 355-0655
1708 State Street
Bettendorf, Iowa
7:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 26
David Gerald
Moline Vikings Club (309) 764-8758
1450 41st Street
Moline, Illinois
6:00 p.m.

Friday, September 7
Tas Cru
Celebration Belle (309) 764-1952
2501 river Drive
Moline, Illinois
6:00 p.m.
Buy your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mississippi-valley-blues-cruise-featuring-tas-cru-tickets-48573336156

Wednesday, September 19
J.P. Soars
Kavanaugh's Hilltop (309) 764-8758
1228 30th Street
Rock Island, Illinois
6:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 7
Orphan Jon & the Abandoned
Moline Vikings Club (309) 764-8758
1450 41st Street
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