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|Complete 2013 Blues Fest Coverage: Schedule, Ticket Info, President's Welcome, and More!|
|Music - Mississippi Valley Blues Festival|
|Written by Administrator|
|Thursday, 27 June 2013 06:00|
After the River Cities’ Reader’s official guide to the 2013 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival went to press, the Mississippi Valley Blues Society announced that the festival was being moved from LeClaire Park to Second Street in downtown Davenport because of flooding:
Mississippi Valley Blues Festival organizers have finalized the site for the July 4-6 event in downtown Davenport. The 29th Mississippi Valley Blues Festival will take place on Second Street. Bandshell acts will perform on an east-facing stage near Ripley Street. Tent Stage acts will perform in the courtyard area just east of the River Music Experience at Second and Main. BlueSKool will be held on the River Music Experience’s Community Stage, and workshops and the photo exhibit will be held in the River Music Experience’s upstairs Exhibit Hall.
2013 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival Schedule
(Links for stages and workshops go to artist biographies. Links on individual artists go to interview articles.)
Thursday, July 4
Friday, July 5
Saturday, July 6
Advance tickets for the 2013 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival are on sale at Hy-Vee stores in the Quad Cities, Clinton, and Muscatine. Tickets are also available at The Muddy Waters in Bettendorf, Rascal’s in Moline, and at the Mississippi Valley Blues Society office at 102 South Harrison Street in Davenport. Please call ahead for the MVBS office: (563)322-5837. The price of an advance single-day ticket for the fest is $15.50 at Hy-Vee stores and $15 at other locations.
Tickets are also available for purchase online (MVBS.org) for $15 each plus a $2 service fee per order.
Advance tickets are available through June 30.
Individual fest tickets at the gate will cost $20 each day.
Children 14 and under will be admitted free if accompanied by an adult with a ticket.
A Word from the MVBS President
Greetings from the offices of the Mississippi Valley Blues Society, and welcome to our 29th-annual blues festival! This year yours truly happens to be one of the folks who’s been here for all of the 28 other festivals and, yeah, as with my children, I can’t believe how the time passes so quickly. My two daughters even worked this festival as volunteers when they were so little that we sat them on phone books so they could see over the counter and sell beer tokens.
One of those daughters, in California now for several years, treasures dearly her autograph from John Hammond, one of the many legends who have come to play here at the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival. In those early years, we also had John Lee Hooker and Memphis Slim. In the middle years Joe Bonamassa and Susan Tedeschi. And I could go on and on. My point is that when you see one of our T-shirts proclaiming “Where Legends Come to Play,” it’s more than just a slogan. We here at the Mississippi Valley Blues Society have worked hard over the years to bring you a topnotch blues festival annually, and I hope you agree with that this year.
So stroll the grounds at beautiful LeClaire Park, take in the river view, patronize our vendors, visit the free workshops, take a look at our photo exhibit, and even take time to thank a volunteer – one of those people who help to make this festival not only possible but affordable. And take in as many artists as you can – for there’s sure to be a future legend or two in there somewhere.
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