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Mississippi Valley Blues Festival Moves Into Murphy Park

The highly anticipated Mississippi Valley Blues Festival returns this year, but in a new location!

Due to the record-breaking flood of 2019, Mississippi Valley Blues Society announced the relocation of the 34th Mississippi Valley Blues Festival to Murphy Park at The Bend in East Moline (900 Bend Boulevard East Moline).Mississippi Valley Blues Festival Moves Into Murphy Park

This year’s Blues Festival will take place on Friday Jul 5 and Saturday Jul 6. Gates open at 4 p.m. on Friday and at 12 p.m. on Saturday. Advance tickets are $15 for Friday, $25 for Saturday or $35 for a 2-day pass. Tickets will also be available at the gates for $20 on Friday, $30 on Saturday and $45 for a 2-day pass. Children 14 and under are FREE! Purchase your tickets today at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mississippi-valley-blues-festival-tickets-58688098683.

The Blues Society is excited to be bringing the Festival to the Illinois side of the Mississippi River this year. The Mississippi Valley Blues Society is a non-profit organization, that works hard to fulfill their mission statement by providing Blues entertainment and blues education to both the Illinois and the Iowa Quad Cities and surrounding areas.

In 2014, the Mississippi Valley Blues Society was awarded the International Blues Foundation’s top award in the “Blues Festival” and “Keeping the Blues Alive!” categories for their 30th Anniversary Festival. The Mississippi Valley Blues Society’s endurance in overcoming the many years of relocating the festival due to flooding was stated as one of the main reasons for the award.


2019 Festival Schedule

Friday, July 5

5:00 – 6:00pm                  Avey/Grouws Band – Bandshell

6:00 – 6:45pm                  Hal Reed & Mississippi Journey – Pedigo/Jones Stage

6:45 – 7:45pm                  Heather Gillis- Bandshell

7:45 – 8:15pm                  Blues Rock-It – Pedigo/Jones Stage

8:15 – 9:30pm                  Ronnie Baker Brooks – Bandshell

9:30 – 10:00pm                Blues Rock-It – Pedigo/Jones Stage

10:00 – 11:30pm              Samantha Fish – Bandshell


Saturday, July 6

1:00 – 2:00pm                  Grand Avenue Ruckus – Pedigo/Jones Stage

2:00 – 3:00pm                  Robert Kimbrough Sr.  – Bandshell

3:00 – 3:30pm                  Nic Clark – Pedigo/Jones Stage

3:30 – 4:30pm                  Lizzie Neal – Bandshell

4:30 – 5:00pm                  Nic Clark – Pedigo/Jones Stage

5:00 – 6:15pm                  Victor Wainwright – Bandshell

6:15 – 7:00pm                  Joe Marcinek – Pedigo/Jones Stage

7:00 – 8:15pm                  Tab Benoit – Bandshell

8:15 – 9:00pm                  Joe Marcinek – Pedigo/Jones Stage

9:00 – 10:30pm                North Mississippi All-Stars – Bandshell



2:30 – 3:30                       Ellis Kell Winter Blues All-Stars

4:00 – 5:00                       David Berntson, Free harmonicas & lessons for the kids!

5:30 – 6:30                       Nic Clark


Stick around after the Blues Festival for the ‘After Festival Jam’, hosted by Avey/Grouws Band, on Saturday Jul 6 from 11 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. at The Bend Event Center (111 Bend Boulevard East Moline).

For more information on the 2019 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, please visit http://www.mvbs.org/.

Mississippi Valley Blues Festival Moves Into Murphy Park

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