The Blues are the roots of all American music!

- Willie Dixon

Legendary Rhythm & Blues CruiseThe Mississippi Valley Blues Society is offering a "Blues Cruise for Two" raffle for a 7-day cruise on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise sailing in January 2016. Raffle ticket sales will officially begin on May 23, 2015. Only 150 tickets will be sold for $100 for each chance. State of Iowa gambling regulations do not allow on-line purchase of raffle tickets. However, the MVBS "Blues Cruise for Two" raffle ticket mail order forms can be found here. This raffle is a fundraiser for the MVBS.

The cruise for two will be on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise #26 to the Eastern Caribbean January 17-24, 2016. The Holland America ms Niew Amsterdam will sail from Ft. Lauderdale to Tortola BVI, St. Croix USVI and Bahamas Private Island. Blues bands that are scheduled to play to-date include Taj Mahal & the Phantom Band, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Elvin Bishop, Mickey Thomas, Latimore, North Mississippi Allstars, Tab Benoit , Tommy Castro, Samantha Fish, Ruthie Foster, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Colin James, Phantom Blues Band, Danielle Nicole Band, Sugar Blue Band, Kelley Hunt, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, and more!

The Mississippi Valley Blues Society plays an important role locally, nationally, and internationally to "keep the blues alive." The Mississippi Valley Blues Festival was the only major blues festival in the country that was produced by an all-volunteer blues society, without major corporate support. The 2015 Festival was canceled but the Blues Society is regrouping and hopes to bring it back in 2016.

About The Raffle:

Only one ticket will be drawn to win the cruise for two.

This raffle is being held in compliance with the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals Chapter 99B.

The IRS does not allow money spent on raffle tickets to be tax deductible contributions.

The winning ticket will not include transportation to and from Ft. Lauderdale FL, additional ship/port fees ($230 per person), fuel surcharges (announced no later than 30 days prior to sailing), and any gratuities (collected on-board by Holland America).

Only 150 tickets will be sold, with the drawing being held when the last of 150 tickets are sold or September 6, 2015.

All are eligible to win, including MVBS members and affiliates.

You need not be present to win.


The Mississippi Valley Blues Society (MVBS) regrets to announce that due to financial challenges, the 2015 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, planned for LeClaire Park, Davenport, Iowa, September 5 and 6, has been cancelled. The MVBS, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, had started the festival over 30 years ago to create a live music festival to expose the regional area to the native art form of blues-related music, and to raise awareness and funds for blues education programs. Since then, MVBS has presented over 1000 local, regional, and nationally known acts, and has become an award winning, top Blues festivals in the country.

According to MVBS President Steve Heston, "We are not able to proceed with a major event this year, so we will instead concentrate on continuing our existing programs, look to build funding, and possibly hold a festival in 2016."

Some of the current programs of the MVBS include an active Blues in the Schools educational program that reaches over 7,500 students annually, as well as our Concert Series that brings live blues to the Quad Cities, and our radio shows on KALA. The MVBS has one of the most active Blues Education programs of any Blues Society in the country. Each year, the Blues Society plans and coordinates 4-9 weeks of Blues in the Schools programming. This includes 4-5 week-long artist residencies and one month-long summer residency. Performances are free, and expose a wide segment of our community to blues-related music and the rich history and heritage of that music.

"We are saddened to have to make this decision; however, if we take this opportunity to re-group and are able to gain some financial support, we can come back next year with some world-class musicians playing the blues."


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