The Mississippi Valley Blues Fest has been an elusive creature the past few years.  There was a time where I knew exactly where I was going to be on my birthday (July 3rd) or the 4th of July. Sitting on the banks of the Mississippi River in LeClaire park in  a lawn chair drinking hard lemonade, eating cheese on a stick and listening to blues players absolutely wail all freaking weekend.

Things change though.  The festival has changed locations and dates but one thing that has stayed 100% the same is the passion and love of the blues for the Mississippi Valley Blues Society.

This year's Blues Festival will be on Friday, September 17th, and Saturday, September 18th, 2021 in LeClaire Park and the band shell is going to be rockin.

Friday Lineup

  • 5:00PM – 6:15PM John Primer
  • 6:45PM – 7:45PM Jontavious Willis
  • 8:15PM – 9:30PM Toronzo Cannon & Band
  • 10:00PM – 11:30PM Southern Avenue

Saturday Lineup

  • 2:00PM – 3:15PM Stephen Hull Experience
  • 3:45PM – 5:00PM Selwyn Birchwood
  • 5:30PM – 6:45PM Melody Angel
  • 7:15PM – 8:30PM Joanne Shaw Taylor
  • 9:00PM – 10:30PM Eric Gales

On Friday, gates will open at 4:00PM and will close at 11:30PM. On Saturday, gates will open at 12:00PM and will close at 11:30PM.

Another thing you may notice has changed is the Mississippi Valley Blues Society logo.

From a post on their Facebook page:

The latest version illustrates the river and railroads (fretboard) converging at the Quad Cities (sound hole where Blues emanates). The Mississippi River and the rails helped bring the Blues from New Orleans, Memphis, and St. Louis to the upper Mississippi Valley on the way to Chicago and beyond. The Quad Cities area was a major port on the River of Song and was a hub of live music venues for touring jazz and blues musicians both in the pre and post-WWII era. Also, over the years the Quad Cities has grown to be a complex of five cities, represented by the five sections around the guitar. We hope you like it!

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