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Blues Festival Update! Final Site—2nd Street, Davenport PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen McFarland   
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 09:42

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 2nd Street.  Bandshell acts will perform on an east-facing stage near Ripley St.  Tent Stage acts will perform in the courtyard area just east of the River Music Experience at 2nd and Main.  BlueSKool will be held on the RME’s Community Stage, and workshops and the photo exhibit will be held in the RME’s upstairs Exhibit Hall.

“This arrangement of the stages is different from our 2nd Street experience in 2008,” said Karen McFarland, co-chair of the festival’s Entertainment Committee.  “Between Main and Ripley there’s more room and the area is easier to secure than the 2008 location farther east on 2nd Street.”

The 2nd Street site was chosen after DOT regulations mandated that 3rd Street remain open as a flood detour for HWY 67 (River Drive).

Advance tickets for the Blues Festival are still available, but only until Sunday June 30.  They can be bought at area Hy-Vee locations, online at, at Martinis on the Rock in Rock Island, Muddy Waters in Bettendorf, and Rascals in Moline.

Veterans and active military can get discounted advance tickets until June 28 at R.I.A. Federal Credit Union locations.

Flooded Park Forces Blues Festival To Move to Downtown Davenport PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen McFarland   
Monday, 01 July 2013 14:22

The Mississippi Valley Blues Society voted at a special board meeting tonight to move the 29th Mississippi Valley Blues Festival from its home in Davenport’s LeClaire Park to a downtown Davenport location.  The Park is predicted to be flooded during the dates of the Blues Festival, July 4 through 6.  The Army Corps of Engineers predicts that the Mississippi River will crest above flood stage this weekend, and will not have receded enough by July 4 to make the Park usable.

The MVBS board, after lengthy discussions of many alternatives, decided on a location on 3rd Street in downtown Davenport, with use of the Adler Theatre for Tent Stage performers.  Bandshell acts will perform on a stage on 3rd Street west of the skywalk, weather permitting.  If the weather does not cooperate, the Bandshell stage performances will be moved to the Great Hall of the River Center.

“Of course we didn’t want to have to move from LeClaire Park,” said Karen McFarland, Entertainment Committee Co-Chair.  “But the 3rd Street and Adler venues will still provide great quality music, and parking is abundant in the area.”

Further details about the layout will be forthcoming, including the free parking for motorcycles, vendor spaces, and admission gates.

The Mississippi Valley Blues Festival was forced by the flooded Mississippi River to move three previous times:  during the great flood of 1993 (when the festival moved to the municipal airport in Mount Joy) and also in 2001 (in the parking lot of Modern Woodmen Park), and 2008 (on 2nd Street in downtown Davenport).

The Festival volunteers are experts at moving logistics in a hurry.  And this year’s move to 3rd Street promises to run smoothly, “given the mistakes we made and now know how to avoid from 2008,” said McFarland.

Herb Alpert to Premiere Newest Single & Video Puttin' On The Ritz PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jennifer Gross   
Monday, 01 July 2013 14:15

Directed by CON-APP - Glenn Kaino & Afshin Shahidi with

Napoleon & Tabitha D'umo and Produced by Kerith Lemon

Los Angeles, CA (June 25, 2013) - Herb Alpert, founder of A&M Records and one of the most successful trumpet performers in pop history is releasing his newest single and music video Puttin' On The Ritz on Tuesday, June 25th.   The music video will premiere on VEVO and the single will be available for a $1.29 download on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify and more. Alpert delivers a refreshing contemporary interpretation of the classic song first released in 1930, inspired by the 'swanky' Ritz Hotel. The track's groove inducing beat married with the classic vocals by Lani Hall and an iconic trumpet solo would compel anyone to get up and dance along.

"I always felt that if a song is fun to play then it would be fun to listen to. This recording seemed to me that it had international appeal, and we wanted to make a music video that conveyed the sense of fun that you hear." Stated Herb Alpert, "We had a wonderful team that collaborated to bring the music video to life, Glenn Kaino added his brilliant creative vision and Tabitha and Napoleon were the perfect choice since Lani and I admire their choreography on So You Think You Can Dance."

The Puttin' On The Ritz music video is a creative collaboration between Alpert, artist Glenn Kaino and filmmaker Afshin Shahidi with choreographers Napoleon & Tabitha D'umo from So You Think You Can Dance and produced by Kerith Lemon. One long camera shot follows the lead dancer on a musical journey motivating everyone to join the promenade. The music has an undeniable charm and that coupled with an energetic and intricate dance routine creates a magical pied-piper like scene illustrating the energy and delight of the popular song. The video features musicians Lani Hall, Bill Cantos, Hussain Jiffry and Michael Shapiro and stars dancer Vincent Noiseux, top 20 of the first season of So You Think You Can Dance Canada, alongside corps dancers like Kherington Payne and others that have been seen on So You Think You Can Dance, America's Best Dance Crew, Dancing with the Stars, This is It, Step Up and more.

"The song is magical, anyone who hears is it compelled to dance." said Kaino, "Inspired by the contagious nature of the music, we imagined a world where everyone was down to jump in and start dancing whenever they heard the beat, and then told that story in one long, enchanted scene."

Not only is Puttin' On The Ritz the newest featured track on Alpert's album Steppin' Out, release slated for late Summer 2013, but the song and choreography from the music video will be featured in the Zumba Fitness World Party video game which has a launch date of October 2013

Herb Alpert Bio

Herb Alpert began playing trumpet at the age of eight and after serving in the army and a short stint as an actor, he returned to music.  He rose to fame with the Tijuana Brass with hits such as, The Lonely Bull, Tijuana Taxi, Spanish Flea, This Guy's in Love With You and Rise.  He alongside business partner Jerry Moss founded A&M Records, one of the most prosperous artist-owned companies ever established.  Among it's greatest successes were the Carpenters, Cat Stevens, Joe Cocker, Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66, The Police, Sting and Janet Jackson.

Alpert also tackled other forms of media, exhibiting his abstract expressionist paintings and sculptures and co-producing a number of Broadway successes, including Angels in America and Jelly's Last Jam. He also established the Herb Alpert Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to establishing educational, arts, and environmental programs for children.

Discount Blues Festival Tickets Only Through June 30 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MVBS   
Monday, 24 June 2013 08:11

Get tickets for the 2013 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in advance and save some money!  Tickets for the three-day event, July 4-6 at Davenport’s LeClaire Park, are $20 per day at the gate.  But through June 30, you can get advance tickets for $15.50 per day at Hy-Vee stores in the Quad Cities, Clinton, and Muscatine.  And, for the first time ever, advance tickets will be available online ($15 plus a service fee), through PayPal at the MVBS website:  Just go to the Festival tab.

Advance $15 tickets are also available at The Muddy Waters in Bettendorf, Rascals in Moline, Martini’s on the Rock in Rock Island, and at the Blues Society office in Davenport (call first: 563-32-BLUES).

Active military personnel and veterans can get Fest tickets for only $10 (gate admission is $20) by showing official military ID at the R.I.A. Federal Credit Union locations listed below through June 30.  Tickets are limited to two per military ID.

·         Arsenal Island, Building #61—Rock Island IL

·         1522 46th Ave.—Moline IL

·         In the Hy-Vee at 750 42nd Ave. Drive—Moline IL

·         110 E. 10th Ave.—Milan IL

·         In the Hy-Vee at 2001 5th St.—Silvis IL

·         4217 Utica Ridge Rd.—Bettendorf IA

·         3509 Harrison St.—Davenport IA

This year’s Blues Festival artists include Mighty Sam McClain, Walter Trout, Southern Hospitality, John Primer (who will receive the RiverRoad Lifetime Achievement Award), C. J. Chenier, W. C. Clark, The 44s, Anthony Gomes, Samantha Fish, and Davina & the Vagabonds—among a total of 27 acts on two stages. The gate opens at 2:00 p.m. each day and the music begins at 3:00 p.m. each day, July 4-6.  Free workshops by festival artists are scheduled for all three days, and BlueSKool for the kids runs Friday and Saturday.

Also this year the festival will see the first-ever Mississippi Valley Blues Challenge.  Three bands from within a 175-mile radius of the Quad-Cities will compete in the final round on July 5, with the winner playing a full set on July 6 at the festival and representing the Mississippi Valley Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2014.

The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band will close out the 29th Mississippi Valley Blues Festival on Saturday July 6 on the Bandshell in Davenport’s LeClaire Park.  Sponsored in part by Wieblers Harley-Davidson of Davenport, Shepherd’s set will show why Guitar World named him the world’s #3 blues guitarist—right after B. B. King and Eric Clapton.

Chris Tomlin at the i wireless Center PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Richard Martin   
Tuesday, 18 June 2013 10:34

Chris Tomlin

Burning Lights Tour

With Special Guest Louie Giglio


Friday, October 25, 7:30 pm

On Sale Friday, June 21 at 10 am

Grammy-winning and multi-platinum recording artist Christ Tomlin with special guest Louie Giglio will bring his Burning Lights Tour to the iWireless Center on Friday, October 25 at 7:30 pm.   Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 21 at 10 am.

Accumulating the biggest first-week sales numbers of his history-making career, Chris Tomlin's latest album, Burning Lights, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. With more than 72,000 units sold, Burning Lights marks Tomlin's first trip to the top of the Billboard 200 and only the fourth time in history that a Christian music album has entered that chart at No. 1.

Ticket prices for his accompanying tour are $20.00, $25.00, and $35.00 and will go on sale this Friday at 10 am. Tickets are available at the iWireless Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000, and on-line at For additional information visit

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