Mississippi Valley Blues Society

Photo of a band playing in Davenport at the Blues Fest

Orphan Jon and The Abandoned
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Kavanaugh's Hilltop
1228 30th Street
Rock Island, IL
5:00 p.m.

Orphan Jon and The Abandoned is an American Roots & Blues band from Southern California. Recently signed to SoCal's highly respected and well established blues label Rip Cat Records; a label that has such legendary and iconic blues artists as The Blasters, Kid Ramos, Lynwood Slim, Barry Levenson, White Boy James, KK Martin, Blue Lunch, as well as contemporary artists as John Clifton, Black Market III, Alastair Greene, Johnny Mastro and Mams Boys, Jade Bennett and Gino Matteo. OJATA is quickly becoming a go to band because of the high energy and passion they display while performing. Roots and Blues is their life blood, and it shows in their ever popular originals; and the few selective covers, they bring to every show. It is the bands goal to captivate the audience from the first note struck until the last chord is played while entertaining them both musically and visually. OJATA simply put, is a very unique band. Unique in that they express themselves in such a way; that's so different, that many have said after seeing them perform live, they've never seen nor heard anyone like them before. And not only do they capture the traditional fans of the blues; which they so love and cherish, but also have been gaining more and more of a younger audience due to the Roots style of music they showcase everywhere they've been honored to play. When you see and hear OJATA you will be taken on a journey through the ups and downs, the twists and turns, peaks and valleys of the vibrancy of love and everyday living through their music. They are a rare breed full of spirit and charisma, and they put on a show that is both energetic and captivating with a tight sound like no other.

Admission to this dynamite show is only $8.00 for Mississippi Valley Blues Society members or $10.00 for non-members.

Photo of Orphan Jon and The Abandoned


Dave Fields
Sunday, May 6, 2018
The Vikings Club
1450 41st Street
Moline, IL
$8.00 - MVBS Members or $10.00 - non-members
5:00 p.m.

Dave Fields is a "genre-busting" blues-rock guitarist/singer/composer/producer whose performances have been electrifying audiences from New York City, Oslo, Moscow, Sardinia, and San Diego for many years. Todd Fitzsimmons of The NY State Blues Festival says, "Dave deserves to be heard by every blues fan." And fortunately for blues lovers, his music has been heard on TV, radio, and the web, used for the 2004 Olympics, VH1, IBM, and much more. Dave's musical path has been quite a journey. "Unlike many blues musicians, I was raised to be a musical 'hit man'" states Dave. From the time Dave was a young child he was exposed to noteworthy musicians. He grew up in his noted gifted composer/arranger/producer/father's, Sammy "Forever" Fields, recording studio being exposed to the likes of Sammy Kahn, Rupert Holmes and Stevie Wonder. After attending Berklee College of Music, Dave was immersed in the NYC music scene as a first-call guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. This allowed Dave his unmatchable music experience which lead to him doing sessions with many famous musicians and producers like Tommy James and Ahmed Ertegen (to name a few) and even was on staff of one of the top five jingle companies in "NY Look Music" As Dave's notoriety grew, he was able to add playing/recording with Aretha Franklin, performances with the likes of Hubert Sumlin, The Drifters, Lenny Kravitz, and Blues Traveler, and his appearance in the U2 movie "Rattle and Hum" to his resume.

But not long into his musical career, Dave made the decision that he was going to make a stand in his life. He was going to do what was really important to himself. So he set out on his new career path—being Dave Fields the artist. "I had backed up and produced so many other artists and one day it dawned on me, why am I doing this for everyone else? Why can't I do it for me!" This turned out to be a remarkable decision for him—in 2006 Dave won Best Self Produced CD at the International Blues Challenge for producing "Back in Bluesville" and on May 20, 2012 he was inducted into NY Blues Hall Of Fame along with John Hammond and Gary US Bonds. "As a musician I was put on this this earth to spread joy, love and life to everyone. I try to do that what every note I play, with every lyric I write and sing" said Dave Fields.

Photo of Dave Fields


The winner of the poster contest for the 2018 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival was announced at the Figge Art Museum on Thursday, February 8. The Blues Society received 22 excellent entries. Choosing just one was a difficult task for the five judges.

The winner was Charleston Balsar from Davenport's Creative Arts Acadamy. We appreciate the effort and creativity from all the Quad Cities area high school students who submitted designs.

Here is what you'll be seeing on posters and t-shirts in July.


Just announced: The 2018 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival will be held on July 6th and 7th! Stay tuned for more updates!

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!

Blues Fest photo

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