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A timeline of our efforts to

Preserve

A 36 Year Retrospective

1984

April of 1984 was the first informal meeting at RIBCO in Rock Island. The group includes Ross and Doris Haecker, Gene and Nancy Morgan, Steve Brundies, Terry O’Brien, Frank Holst, Nathaniel Hawker and Dana Taylor. Officially recognized as a non-profit corporation in July.

MVBS becomes an officially recognized non-profit corporation

MVBS provides blues entertainment at Hampton’s River Road Days

1984

After being approached at one of their meetings by the "City Fathers" of Hampton, MVBS provides a full day’s worth of blues entertainment at Hampton's River Road Days in August. Later that year MVBS presented Koko Taylor and Robert Cray at RIBCO.

1985

July — First annual Mississippi Valley Blues Festival presented at LeClaire Park, Davenport, featuring local and regional bands.

First annual Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

I'm gonna play something so funky you can smell it

1986

May — MVBS presents Buddy Guy and Jr. Wells with opening act Sugar Blue at the Col Ballroom in Davenport. July — The annual festival expands to 3 days. National acts are featured and headliners include John Lee Hooker and Memphis Slim.

1987

May — MVBS presents Albert Collins at the Col ballroom. Dec — MVBS presents Johnny Winter with opening act Little Ed and The Blues Imperials at the Col Ballroom.

The Ice Man Cometh to the Col Ballroom

National Blues Foundation Award for Best Blues Society

1988

The Mississippi Valley Blues Society wins the National Blues Foundation Award for Best Blues Society.

1990

Workshops are introduced into the annual festival for the first time.

Blues Workshops Introduced at Blues Fest

We're gonna need a bigger trophy shelve

1993

The Mississippi Valley Blues Society wins the National Blues Foundation Award for Best Blues Society.

1999

BlueSkool is introduced into the annual festival for the first time.

Ring Ring Goes the Bell BlueSkool is in session

MVBS wins the National Blues Foundation's Award for Best Festival

2014

MVBS wins the National Blues Foundation's Award for Best Festival. LeClaire Park floods both years and the annual festival is moved into the streets of downtown Davenport.

2020

The Mississippi Valley Blues Society launches new website and brand. Archives hundreds of hours of past blues performances in the online Vault. New live streaming capabilities and more coming soon!

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