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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 29 @ 6PM – 9PM Free

Kavanaugh’s Blues Jam

Every Wednesday

Kavanaugh’s Hilltop Bar & Grill 1228 30th St, Rock Island, IL
Jul 15 @ 6:30PM – 10PM $25–$35
All Ages

Ana Popovic

Rhythm City Casino

Rhythm City Casino 7077 Elmore Avenue, Davenport, IA
Jul 19 @ 7PM – 10PM $12

Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones

Kavanaugh’s Hilltop Bar & Grill 1228 30th St, Rock Island, IL
Jul 28 @ 7PM – 9PM Free
All Ages

Kevin Burt

Summer Concert Series

Bass Street Landing Plaza 1601 River Drive, Moline, IL
Aug 3 @ 7PM – 11PM $94.00–$186.00
All Ages

Bonnie Raitt

Live in Cedar Rapids

McGrath Ampitheatre 475 1st St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA
Aug 25 @ 7PM – 9PM Free
All Ages

Ivan Singh

Summer Concert Series

Schwiebert Park 101 17th St, Rock Island, IL
Sep 1 @ 7PM – 9PM Free
All Ages

John Resch & Doggin’ Out

Summer Concert Series

Quinlan Court 141-199 W River Dr, Davenport, IA
Sep 18 @ 3:30PM – 7:30PM $5.00

Orphan Jon

Live at the Gypsy Highway

Gypsy Highway 2604 Locust St, Davenport, IA
Vault Videos

Featured Vault Videos

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Hal Reed — Vault Session 2020

12-Bar Blues — Kevin & Hal

“Diesel” Dave Parker — Back Door Man

Joe & Vicki Price — Vault Session 2021 Part 1

Talkin’ Blues — Electro Fi Records 2003

Albert Collins — Interview 1993

35 Years of the Blues Fest — WQPT

Albert Collins — Blues Fest 1993

Work, Play, & Freedom — Robert Jones

Henry Butler — Blues Fest 1994


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 2022

Sept 16-17, LeClaire Park, Davenport, IA. The lineup has been announced and tickets are available!

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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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