Mississippi Valley Blues Society

Photo of a band playing in Davenport at the Blues Fest


Sunday, January 20
Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys featuring Westside Andy
Moline Viking Club
Moline, Illinois
6:00 p.m. -- Admission is $12.00 or $10.00 for MVBS members

Reverend Raven

Saturday, February 23
Biscuit Miller & the Mix
Kavanaugh’s Hilltop Tavern
1228 30th Street
Rock Island, Illinois
7:30 p.m. -- Admission is $12.00 or $10.00 for MVBS members

Biscuit Miller & the Mix

Ever since Biscuit Miller & the Mix dazzled the audience at Kavanaugh’s in September 2017, a lot of Quad Citizens have been wanting to hear more. They’ll get their chance on Saturday, February 23 when this thoroughly entertaining and deeply bluesy band returns to Kavanaugh’s. The fun will start at 7:30 p.m. with a cover charge of only $12.00 or $10.00 for MVBS members. Kavanaugh’s is at 1228 30th Street Rock Island, Illinois

Biscuit and his band, The Mix, have been touring extensively ever since he won his first BMA in 2012 followed by a second BMA for Best Bass Player in 2017. Biscuit is known for his high energy shows and blazing million dollar smile. He is a born entertainer and is at home on the stage where he connects with his audience through a fun and funky approach to the blues. But don’t let the fun and food songs fool you! This is a dedicated group of musicians with an amazing depth of talent.

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


Mississippi Valley Blues Society
Upcoming Shows

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.

Blues Fest photo

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