We trekked up to the IH Mississippi Valley Blues fest on July 4th and enjoyed an amazing day of live music. Standouts included Bill Sims and Mark LaVoie, playing old school Delta blues with some sweet harmonica. We also spied harmonica wizard Matthew Skoller in the audience catching the grooves.
The Shawn Kellerman Band ripped up the main stage just as folks were starting to freak about the rain. A few drops fell and the radar looked dire, but the festival was spared and Kellerman destroyed the set. We had a chance to stop by and talk with them after the show – it was Kellerman’s birthday and the MVBS provided a huge cake for him.
Other standouts were Kim Massie, belting out with an amazing voice, and for the headliner, it was the Tommy Castro Band featuring Debbie Davis on guitar, Magic Dick (of J. Geils Band fame) on harp and Sista Monica on vocals. The rythm and blues revue tore up the stage and Sista Monica riveted the crowd with an amazing parformance.
All in all, another great year of music for the MVBS. Great job guys – keep the blues flowing!
The awesome Mississippi Valley Blues Festival is this weekend in LeClaire Park in Davenport. It looks to be an amazing three days of music, and I hope to see you there!
Some standout performances include 2008 Deep Blue Innovators alumni Lurrie Bell on Friday, 2010 DBI performer (and workshop leader) Little Joe McLerran on Saturday, 2009 DBI performer Shawn Kellerman on Sunday as well as Tony Castro and the Nighthawks.
For a full lineup, click here.
The Mississippi Valley Blues Society presents the Albert Castiglia Band on Tuesday June 22 at Rascals, 1414 15th Street, Moline. The show starts at 7 p.m., and admission is $7.00, $5.00 for MVBS members.
The Miami New-Times notes that Castiglia is “ a standout showman and exceptional guitarist… His live performances are events in themselves, thanks to Castiglia’s penchant for tossing off stirring solos while strolling off the stage and wandering out on the sidewalk.” Vintage Guitar magazine says, “Castiglia the songwriter shows a knowing grasp of the blues’ variations and nuances and instinctive feel for what works. This is no one-note man… His unabashed love and respect for the music is lit large. Albert Castiglia is acolyte, priest and proselytizer for America’s great native music.”
This just in: Admission is now $5, $4 for Mississippi Valley Blues Society members.
The preliminary round of the Iowa Blues Challenge will be held at Rascals (1414 15th St., Moline) on Sunday April 11th starting at 5:00 p.m. Admission is $10, $7 for Mississippi Valley Blues Society members. The Pocket Deuces Blues Band takes the stage at 5:00, V.J.J. Groove comes on at 6:00, and the Steady Rollin’ Blues Band starts at 7:00. Each band will play a 30- minute set, and after the challenge there will be a jam session.
The bands will be judged by three experts from as far away as Des Moines and Peoria. Each band will be evaluated in five categories: blues content, vocal talent, instrumental talent, originality, and stage presence. The winner of this Quad-City round will travel to Des Moines on May 22 to compete at the state level. The winner of the Iowa Blues Challenge will then travel to Memphis in early 2011 to compete in the International Blues Challenge. The winner of the Iowa Blues Challenge will also have a slot at the 2010 IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival. Last year’s winners of the Iowa Blues Challenge were The Avey Brothers Band of the Quad-Cities; they went on to become finalists in Memphis.
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