The MVBS Holiday Party will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at the Renwick Mansion, 901 Tremont in Davenport, just up the hill from River Drive, and will feature the soulful blues of The Candymakers. The party will start at 7:00pm with the music kicking off at 8:00. Food will be provided, and since the Membership Committee is running on a shoestring budget, we'll be charging $5.00 for members and $10.00 for non-members to help defray the expense of the food and music. A fully stocked cash bar with reasonable prices will be available.
The Candymakers won the local round and the state finals of the Iowa Blues Challenge in 2011, which earned them the right to represent the Iowa Blues Societies at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis earlier this year, where they made it into the semi-finals. Their set list includes a tasty blend of blues, soul and R&B, featuring strong vocals, tight rhythms, intricate arrangements and top-rate musicianship.
The Renwick Mansion is, well, it's a freaking mansion! Built in 1877 in the Italian Villa Style and immaculately restored, it sits on four acres and features fourteen-foot ceilings, a four story tower with panoramic river views, magnificent woodwork, eight marble fireplaces and ample parking. Y'know, all the standard mansion stuff. It's available for meetings, seminars, weddings, receptions, banquets and other social events. And there are rooms available for those who want to spend the night. Call 563-324-9678.
So the question will inevitably arise, after years of having our parties at bars, clubs, lounges and assorted dives, why a mansion this time? Well, we just got to thinking that the MVBS is such an elite, upscale, high-brow organization that ... not buyin' it, huh? OK, turns out that the Renwick Mansion is owned by Iowa State Senator, veterinarian, club owner, musician, blues fan, MVBS member and former Director, and all-around renaissance man Joe Seng. Joe offered the mansion to us at very reasonable terms, and we jumped at the opportunity. Joe's assistance and support has been valuable to the MVBS, and we thank him for all his help, including this most recent offer, particularly considering he made it shortly after he didn't get re-elected to the Board of Directors. (My guess is it was out of gratitude for not having to deal so closely with this bunch of yahoos for another year.)
Anyhow, it'll be an evening of great music, great food, and great company in a great location, and we hope you can join us.
-- Steve Pedigo