Mississippi Valley Blues Society

Photo of a band playing in Davenport at the Blues Fest


The Mississippi Valley Blues Society is proud to present, Albert Castiglia at Kavanaugh's Tap, 1228 30th Street, Rock Island, Illinois.  The show begins at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26.

The cost to see this performance will be $10 if you are a Mississippi Valley Blues Society member, or $12 if you have not yet joined (application will be available at the door and on our website, www.mvbs.org).

Albert Castiglia's new album, “Big Dog”, will confirm that he's a different breed from the lightweights and arrivistes who dominate the modern music scene. After five acclaimed albums and decades of blazing blues-rock shows, you might argue that you've already made his acquaintance.

At 46, he’s slugged his way into contention the old-fashioned way: writing from his heart, bleeding into his performances, and eating up the road. “I have no illusions about what kind of guitar player and singer I am”, he states. “My style is raw, unadulterated, crude and heavy. I don't have the technical proficiency of other players, but I play what’s in my heart…”.

Born on August 12th, 1969, in New York before moving to Florida at age five, Albert made his professional debut in 1990 with Miami Blues Authority, but truly hit the international radar after Junior Wells invited the young bluesman into his solo band for several world tours. “It was an incredible adventure”, remembers Albert. “Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to be a Chicago bluesman, and Junior opened the door for me to do that”.

And though Wells died in 1998, there was no stopping Albert, whether he was joining the great Atlanta vocalist Sandra Hall for national tours in the late-90s, or holding his own in onstage jams with everyone from Pinetop Perkins to John Primer.

If you thought you knew Albert Castiglia, you don’t know the half of it. “I think this album is a major game-changer for me”, he says. “No matter what happens after Big Dogs’ release, I'll always be proud of it. When we tour this album, you can expect a balls to the wall, rockin’ blues show. Expect to get what I've always given you, my 100%”.


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The Mississippi Valley Blues Society would like to thank all of our members, volunteers, vendors, musicians, and patrons that helped make this years festival the success that it was. THANK YOU!

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