I think the blues will always be around. People need it.
-Johnny Winter

Mississippi Valley Blues Society Presents Rippin’ Blues Band, Hector Anchondo, August 28

Hector AnchondoThe Mississippi Valley Blues Society is proud to present the Hector Anchondo Band at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 28, at Kavanaugh’s Hilltop Tap, 1228 30th Street, Rock Island, IL. The cost to see this performance will be $8 if you are a Mississippi Valley Blues Society member, or $10 if you have not joined the Blues Society (application will be available at the door).

Hector Anchondo started living and breathing the blues when he picked up his first guitar at the age of 16. Finding himself drawn to the Fender guitar, Anchondo fixated on artists who played the Fender Stratocaster - artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Eric Clapton. He also respected the country greats such as Johnny Cash and Hank Williams Sr.

“I’ve been actively working on guitar to get to the point where I could hang with Jimi or Stevie,” Anchondo says. “Its things like that that keep me pushing to play better, faster, and with style. I knew at a young age that I loved everything about music and I want to do it professionally for the rest of my life.”

By the time Anchondo was 22, he had pursued his musical dream with years of touring, thousands of sold out shows, and three albums under his belt. Now, at the age of 30, Anchondo has boasted the fact that he has shared the stage with notable artists such as Styx, CCR, Johnny Winter, Marshal Tucker Band, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Magic Slim, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Indigenous, and many more. He has five albums recorded and is in the midst of recording a sixth. With shows booked until the end of the year, Anchondo is on his way to becoming a well-established blues veteran, and it won’t be long before he’s up there with his heroes.

Mississippi Valley Blues Festival Returns in 2016!

Mississippi Valley Blues FestivalThe Mississippi Valley Blues Society is pleased to announce the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival is returning to LeClaire Park, Davenport, Iowa for the 31st year on July 1st and 2nd, 2016. More than 10 acts will be booked, bringing the audience an array of Blues music for 2-days starting at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 1 and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 2. Tickets for admission will go on sale soon.

The acts for weekend are still being scheduled and the full lineup will be announced shortly. “We want the 2016 lineup to reach a wide audience while maintaining our Blues roots,” says Steve Heston, President of the Mississippi Valley Blues Society. “We’re confident this year’s lineup, featuring local and regional Blues acts, will do just that and we look forward to celebrating our thirty-first year with music fans from around the world.”

In 2016, guests can expect the return of favorite attractions such as BlueSkool along with some new experiences which will debut at the festival this year.

MVBS is still seeking corporate and individual sponsorship to help offset this year’s event expenses. Individuals can give monetarily during the months leading up to the festival through attending the scheduled fundraising events and by donating through a Go-Fund-Me campaign. Corporate and individual sponsorship information will be announced soon on this site.

It is the goal of the MVBS to present a 2-day Blues music experience along the Mississippi River that will maintain the integrity of our blues festivals from the past 30 years.