The blues tells a story. Every line of the blues has a meaning.
-John L. Hooker

Events News

News, Upcoming and Past Events from the MVBS Events Committee.

The Mississippi Valley Blues Society Presents the Chris O’Leary Band, Sunday, Feb. 14 at Harley Corin's

Chris O'Leary BandThe Mississippi Valley Blues Society presents blues harp player/vocalist Chris O’Leary and his seven-piece band on Friday, February 14, at Harley Corin’s, 1708 State Street, Bettendorf, IA on Sunday, February 14. The evening of blues will start at 5:00 p.m. The cost to see this performance will be $10 if you are a Mississippi Valley Blues Society member, or $12 if you are have not joined the Blues Society (application will be available at the door).

Chris O’Leary and his band have been impressing audiences around the New York’s Hudson Valley and Capital Region with blues and roots music since 2009. O’Leary’s musical background includes a 6-year stint as lead singer and front man for Levon Helm and the Barnburners. O’Leary has also appeared on stage with the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmy Vivino, and Albert Lee.

As any good student should, O’Leary not only absorbed the lessons he learned while fronting for Levon Helm & the Barnburners, he put that tutelage to good use. He won the 2011 Blues Blast Music Award for Best New Artist Debut (For his album, Mr. Used To Be) and was also nominated in the same category at that year’s Blues Music Awards (BMAs) in Memphis.

Chris’ sound can easily be defined as traditional blues, but there’s more to O’Leary’s tunes than strictly Chess-era blues. His time with Helm will understandably never be forgotten and it continues to have a major impact on the way that O’Leary creates music to this very day. But there’s something more eclectic and more modern contained within the body of his songs that make them uniquely their own thing, giving them their very own legs to stand on.

MVBS Presents Ghost Town Blues Band, Sunday, January 17

Ghost Town Blues BandAs part of an initiative to raise support for The Mississippi Valley Blues Society, MVBS will be presenting Ghost Town Blues Band at Kavanaugh's Hilltop Tap, 1228 30th Street, Rock Island, IL, on Sunday, January 17. The show will start at 5:00 p.m. Admission is $10 for members of the Mississippi Valley Blues Society or $12 if you are not a member (membership applications will be available at the door). All college students with a school ID will only be charged $5.

Ghost Town Blues Band is Beale Street's latest success story and 2014 International Blues Challenge 2nd Place Winner. They are not your grandpa's blues band - Ghost Town Blues Band is a modern blues band with an intimate knowledge of both blues, rock and improvisational jams.

"GTBB shows what can happen when the past is distilled through young sensibilities, voices, and instruments. This is 21st century blues at its best." - Living Blues Magazine 2011

Their live show has been captivating audiences in the U.S. and Canada with a second-line horn entrance, cigar box guitars, and electric push brooms to Allman Brothers style jams and their rapping trombone player. At the same time, the band's raw energy and intensity is reminiscent of some of the best blues that rock n' roll has ever offered. The band can turn on a dime from North Mississippi hill country grooves to classic electric urban blues and funk and Allman Brothers style jams.

"With a shoot-from-the-hip Memphis attitude, and a STAX-busting explosion of modern blues vision, GTBB represents a welcome changing of the guard." -
Living Blues Magazine 2012

Mississippi Valley Blues Society Presents Zach Harris Band and the MVBS Band of Bands, Sep. 26

Zach HarrisAs part of an initiative to raise support for The Mississippi Valley Blues Society,MVBS will be presenting the Zach Harris Band andMVBS Band of Bands at Kavanaugh's Hilltop Tap, 1228 30th Street, Rock Island, IL, on Saturday, September 26. The show will start at 8:00 p.m.with doors opening at 7:00 p.m.Admission is $8 for members of the Mississippi Valley Blues Society or $10 if you are not a member(membership applications will be available at the door).

The Zach Harris Band is the 2015 Preliminary Round winner of the Iowa Blues Challenge and took 2nd Place in the Final Round of the blues band competition in Des Moines, IA. They'll kick things off with a solid fury of blues that you would expect from a longstanding, hardworking group that has been heavily influenced by Chicago and Texas blues, as well as old school Mississippi Delta blues.

In addition to the night's expectations, MVBS has put together a Band of Bands, bringing together eight Quad City musicians to create a full-size melting pot of blues. The Band of Bands was formed by drawing together members of different Quad City based blues bands that share a love for the music. Band of Bands includes Zach Harris, Hal Reed, Kellen Myers, Randy Leasman, QC Slim, Jamie Hopkins, Malone, and Ziggy. All together the eight musicians have been heavily influences with all of the national favorites - BB, Albert and Freddie King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Derek Trucks, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton – just to name a few. With such a collective wide range of influences, Band of Bands will have you well branded with what the Quad Cities blues scene has to offer.

"This is by no means a full slate of all the quality musicians in the Quad Cities," states Zach Harris. "We will welcome all blues musicians to join us in making this a memorial and profitable night for MVBS."