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2013 Blues Fest – Saturday, July 6: Bandshell PDF Print E-mail
Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
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Thursday, 27 June 2013 05:49

Reverend Raven & the Chain-Smokin’ Altar Boys, 3 p.m.
ReverendRaven.com

I agree with how its Web site describes Reverend Raven & the Chain-Smokin’ Altar Boys as playing “traditional blues, straight up with a big dose of passion. With smoking grooves, served up with hot harmonica and smooth, stinging guitar, they play original songs peppered with nods to Slim Harpo, Little Walter, Jimmy Rogers, Billy Boy Arnold, Junior Wells, and the three Kings.”

In 1971, the Reverend saw Freddie King in his hometown of Chicago. That’s when Rik Raven decided he wanted to play guitar. After serving our country in the Navy, he came back stateside and settled in Wisconsin, where he backed up Madison Slim (longtime harmonica player for Jimmy Rogers) for 10 years. Eventually, he formed the Chain-Smokin’ Altar Boys and started opening for greats such as B.B. King, Gatemouth Brown, and Elvin Bishop. The Wisconsin Music Industry awarded them “Best Blues Band” in 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2008, and 2010.

 
2013 Blues Fest – Saturday, July 6: Tent PDF Print E-mail
Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
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Thursday, 27 June 2013 05:48

Detroit Larry Davison & Chris Avey, 4 p.m.

Detroit Larry Davison and Chris Avey are both veteran blues musicians on the Quad Cities scene. They are both stellar performers – Larry on harp and Chris on guitar and vocals. Together, their acoustic act sounds like Maxwell Street transported to your front porch.

Larry is acknowledged by local listeners – including other harp players – as the best harmonica player in town. He’s been a vital part of many bands, including the Ellis Kell Band and John Resch & the Detroit Blues. And he took the stage in Memphis as part of the Avey Brothers Band when they reached the finals of the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge in 2010. (They were the only real blues band in the finals, but the judges were after something else.)

You’ll be seeing a lot of Chris Avey at the 2013 blues fest. Besides this acoustic set with Larry, Chris heads the Chris Avey Band (finalists in the Mississippi Valley Blues Challenge), and the Avey Brothers are the host band for the 2013 after-fest showcase.

 
2013 Blues Fest – Workshop and BlueSKool Performers PDF Print E-mail
Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
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Thursday, 27 June 2013 05:47

David Horwitz (blues photography workshop)
Friday July 5, 2:30 pm.

Photographer and educator David Horwitz of Tucson, Arizona, has been traveling to clubs and festivals for decades in search of great blues music for his ears and visual images to capture on film. Winner of the 1999 Blues Foundation’s Keeping the Blues Alive Award for Photography, David has spent more than 25 years capturing moments of the blues masters. His works have appeared in countless publications. In 2011, he was inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame. This is his 26th year of shooting the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, and the free photo exhibit near the workshops will showcase David’s work.

 
Photos from the Goddamn Gallows Concert, June 20 at RIBCO PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Matt Erickson   
Tuesday, 25 June 2013 09:15

Photos from the Goddamn Gallows concert at RIBCO on June 20, 2013, with opener Lou Shields. For more work by Matt Erickson, visit MRE-Photography.com.

The Goddamn Gallows:

Photo by Matt Erickson, MRE-Photography.com

 
Photos from the John C. Reilly & Friends Concert, June 21 at Codfish Hollow Barn PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Roberta Osmers and Matt Erickson   
Monday, 24 June 2013 12:55

Photos from the John C. Reilly & Friends concert June 21 at the Codfish Hollow Barn in Maquoketa, Iowa, with opener Andru Bemis.

For more work by Matt Erickson, visit MRE-Photography.com. For more from Roberta Osmers on the Quad Cities music scene, visit OfTechAndMusic.Blogspot.com.

John C. Reilly & Friends

Photo by Roberta Osmers, OfTechAndMusic.Blogspot.com

 
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