A guy will promise you the world and give you nothin', and that's the blues.

- Otis Rush

Events News

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

Zach HarrisAs part of an initiative to raise support for The Mississippi Valley Blues Society, MVBS will be presenting the Zach Harris Band and MVBS 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."


Golden Star - Lone Star State RevueThe Mississippi Valley Blues Society presents the Golden Star – Lone State Revue with Mark Hummel, Little Charlie, and Anson Funderburgh on July 27, at Harley Carrine's formerly The Muddy Waters, 1708 State Street, Bettendorf, IA on Monday, July 27. Larry Davison and Charlie Hayes will start off the night of blues at 5:00 p.m. and the trio of masters will take the stage starting at 6:30 p.m. The cost to see these performances will be $20 if you are a Mississippi Valley Blues Society member, or $25 if you are have not joined the Blues Society (application will be available at The Muddy Waters door). Rolling Smoke will be cooking some bbq items and will be donating a portion of the proceeds to the Mississippi Valley Blues Society.

Golden Star – Lone State Revue consists of five remarkable musicians from the Golden State of California and the Lone Star state of Texas who all love the blues, know the blues, and rock the blues like a barefoot lady dancing her heart out under the moon.

Mark Hummel been steadily on the road since 1984 and released 17 albums and CDs since starting out. His latest is a Little Walter Tribute called "Remembering Little Walter" on Blind Pig Records with Charlie Musselwhite, Billy Boy Arnold, Sugar Ray and James Harman. Mark been nominated for three years in a row for "Best Harmonica" by the BMA Awards. He has been performing and producing the Blues Harmonica Blowouts in California since 1991 and has performed with these multi artists events with the top players in the genre all across the planet.

"Little Charlie" Baty is the former leader and masterful guitarist from Alligator Records recording act "Little Charlie & the Nightcats". Charlie and the Nightcats have recorded 12 albums on Alligator and have been one of the West Coast's most successful blues acts, touring the globe for over 25 years. They've played every major Festival you can think of and every blues joint from Maine to Spain. Guitar World declares, "Baty's straight blues playing is eye-popping...he stretches solos to the breaking point, skittering on the edge, where one wrong note will bring the whole thing crashing down."

Anson Funderburgh is a native of Texas, and has spent the majority of his adult life playing the blues. Anson has earned the respect of artists like Delbert McClinton, Boz Scaggs, Jimmie & Stevie Ray Vaughan and Ronnie Earl. Over the years, these musicians have called on Anson to lend his tremendous guitar talents to their projects. Funderburgh recorded with the Fabulous Thunderbirds on their "Butt Rockin'" album, and went solo in 1981, when the New Orleans-based BlackTop label released "Talk to You by Hand", the label's first release. After releasing nine albums on Black Top, in 1999 Funderburgh changed record labels with the release of "Change in my Pocket" for Bullseye Blues, a CD which won several W.C. Handy Awards. "Funderburgh remains a musician's musician. He'll explode into a fiery and melodic solo, and then seamlessly recede into a song at just the right moment to propel the rhythm...he makes sure the songs both breathe and burn...a band that truly understands the essence of the genre." - Blues Revue.

Rounding out the Golden State – Lone Star Revue are RW Grigsby on bass and famed Texas drummer Wes Starr. Between these two old Rome, GA cronies, they've played with a who's who of famed musicians - Omar & the Howlers, Jr. Brown, Jimmy Vaughn, Asleep At The Wheel, Gary Primich, Kim Wilson, Mike Morgan, Carlene Carter, Hal Ketchum, Earl King, James Cotton and many more.

This event is being presented by The Mississippi Valley Blues Society. The objective of the Society is to educate the general public about the native art form of blues-related music through performance, interpretation and preservation, thus enhancing appreciation and understanding.


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