I Dare You You Won't

Our Mission

Our mission is to ensure the future of a uniquely American art form by fostering greater public appreciation through performance, education, and preservation of the Blues Heritage.

How can you help?

Featured Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Live Events
Jun 19 @ 9PM – 10PM Free
All Ages

MVBS Blues Radio Hour

Every Wednesday

Jun 19 @ 6PM – 9PM Free

Kavanaugh’s Blues Jam

Every Wednesday

Kavanaugh’s Hilltop Bar & Grill 1228 30th St, Rock Island, IL
Jun 20 @ 6PM – 9PM Free
All Ages

Thursday Night
Blues Show

Every Thursday

Vault Videos

Featured Vault Videos

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Albert Collins — Interview 1993

35 Years of the Blues Fest — WQPT

12-Bar Blues — Kevin & Hal

Joe & Vicki Price — Vault Session 2021 Part 1

Albert Collins — Blues Fest 1993


Experience blues music live and enjoy our vast content library. Since 1984, we have been bringing you the best of the blues.

We bring you the latest news on featured live blues events in the Mississippi Valley and a view of upcoming sessions on our new blues calendar. Get Google Maps to live events and buy tickets to events we sponsor.

You can watch videos and listen to audio from our vast library on our new video content server. We have digitized hundreds of hours of previously unreleased videos of past BluesFests, MVBS sponsored shows, and our best-in-class blues education program.


Since 1984, the MVBS has been keeping the blues alive. Through live performances, blues education, and unique content.

Founded in 1984, the award-winning Mississippi Valley Blues Society has had one of America’s most active blues music programs. Blues music is our passion. Over the years, we have hosted a "who's who" of blues music performers in live events, blues music education, and recorded sessions.

Now, our new digital presence allows us to share our passion with blues fans everywhere. We welcome you to explore and enjoy the best we have to offer.


MVBS has had one of America’s most active blues education programs. Experience the magic of our blues education sessions.

Since our blues education program was founded in 1990, we have educated thousands of people, focusing on K-12 programs in the schools, and through our BlueSkool at our award-winning BluesFests.

Now, we are offering new virtual blues classes. These professionally produced classes are available free to anyone interested in learning more about our beloved blues music.

Blues Fest 2025

MVBS will be enhancing our educational resources throughout 2024 while we gear up for our 40th Anniversary Blues Fest in 2025! Sign up for our newsletter to stay updated.

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All proceeds from the MVBS store help fund our mission and our efforts to preserve the Blues.

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You Ain't Getting
Out of here
without Singing
The Blues