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Photos from the 2010 IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

2010-07-08 14:47:17

Images by photographers Steve France and Chris Jones from the 2010 IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, held July 2 through 4 in Davenport's LeClaire Park. Click on any photo for a larger version.

Caroline Shines:

Photo by Steve France


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Full Coverage of the 2010 IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
Written By: Administrator
Section: Music

Category: Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

2010-06-23 11:55:00

Here you'll find links to all the content in the official guide to the 2010 IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival -- taking place July 2 through 4 in Davenport's LeClaire Park -- along with previous coverage of this year's performers from the River Cities' Reader.

Friday, July 2
Bandshell (Performer bios)
5 p.m.: The Kinsey Report (2008 interview)
7 p.m.: Mud Morganfield (2010 interview)
9 p.m.: Bernard Allison
11 p.m.: Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials (2005 interview)
Tent Stage (Performer bios)
5 p.m.: Alvin "Little Pink" Anderson
6:30 p.m.: Caroline Shines
8:30 p.m.: Lurrie Bell Chicago Blues Band
10:30 p.m.: Shirley King (2010 interview)

Saturday, July 3
Bandshell (Performer bios)
1 p.m.: Steady Rollin' Blues Band
2:45 p.m.: Ana Popović (2010 interview)
4:30 p.m.: Zac Harmon (2010 interview)
6:15 p.m.: Vasti Jackson
8 p.m.: Quad City Symphony Orchestra
9:30 p.m. Fireworks Presented by Red, White, & Boom
10:30 p.m.: Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys
Tent Stage (Performer bios)
1:30 p.m.: Little Brother Jones
3:30 p.m.: Olga Wilhelmine with Cody Dickinson
5:30 p.m.: Little Joe McLerran
7:30 p.m.: Ruthie Foster (2010 interview)
9:30 p.m.: Billy Branch & the Sons of Blues
Free Workshops
1 p.m.: Olga Wilhelmine with Cody Dickinson
2:30 p.m.: Alvin "Little Pink" Anderson
4 p.m.: Rosie Ledet
5:30 p.m.: Billy Branch
BlueSKool
2:30 p.m.: David Berntson
3:45 p.m.: Winter Blues Academy Kids with Hal Reed & Ellis Kell
5 p.m.: Charles "Wsir" Johnson & the MLK Center Kids

Sunday, July 4
Bandshell (Performer bios)
2 p.m.: The Jimmys
4 p.m.: The Shawn Kellerman Band
6 p.m.: Reba Russell Band
7:45 p.m.: Doris Pierre Outstanding Volunteer Awards
8 p.m.: Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue Featuring Tommy Castro, Debbie Davies, Magic Dick, & Sista Monica (2010 interview with Tommy Castro)
Tent Stage (Performer bios)
2 p.m.: Bill Sims Jr. & Mark LaVoie
3:30 p.m.: Dave Riley & Bob Corritore
5:30 p.m.: The David Boykin Expanse
7:30 p.m.: Kim Massie (2010 interview)
9 p.m.: RiverRoad Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to Hubert Sumlin
9:30 p.m.: The Nighthawks with Hubert Sumlin
Free Workshops
1 p.m.: Dave Riley & Bob Corritore
2:30 p.m.: David Horwitz, Blues Photography
4 p.m.: Bill Sims Jr. & Mark LaVoie
5:30 p.m.: Little Brother Jones
BlueSKool
2:30 p.m.: Charles "Wsir" Johnson & the MLK Center Kids
3:45 p.m.: Winter Blues Academy Kids with Hal Reed & Ellis Kell
5 p.m.: David Berntson

President's letter

Bios of workshop and BlueSKool leaders not performing on the bandshell or tent stage

Mississippi Valley Blues Society Web site

Ticket information

Advance tickets for the 2010 IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival are available at all IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union locations, the River Center/Adler Theater Box Office, and through Ticketmaster. The price of an advance weekend pass for the Fest is $25. Individual Fest tickets at the gate will cost $15 on Friday, July 2, and Sunday, July 4. Saturday, July 3, is a special free-admission day in association with the Red, White, & Boom celebration in Davenport.

IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union and Mississippi Valley Blues Society members can purchase individual advance Fest tickets at a discounted rate of $12.50 each only at IH Misssissippi Valley Credit Union locations.

Children 14 and under will be admitted free if accompanied by an adult with a ticket. Tickets are good for admission only on the day printed on the ticket.



2010 Blues Fest -- “I’ll Take All the Help I Can Get”: Tommy Castro (Sunday, 8 p.m., Bandshell)
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

2010-06-23 11:54:00

Tommy Castro

At the 2010 Blues Music Awards in May, Tommy Castro and his bandmates walked away with four awards: band of the year, contemporary blues male artist, contemporary blues album (for Hard Believer), and the big one -- B.B. King Entertainer of the Year.

In a recent phone interview, Castro sounded genuinely grateful and surprised. "You need a shot in the arm," he said. "It was a big night for us." And with a charming lack of vanity, Castro offered two explanations for his four-for-four night specifically, and for his success generally.

"I got opportunities to have a career playing blues, I think, before I was really ready for it," he said. "When Blind Pig signed me [in the mid-1990s], I didn't have any songs. ... I've been learning how to do this while I was doing it. ... I think that over a period of time we've gotten a little bit better at making records."

He credited having a good band, a good producer, and good songwriter partners. "My talent might lie in surrounding myself with all the right people to help me do what I do best," he said. "I have my little thing that I do. I'm a fairly proficient songwriter, I'm a good singer, and a good guitar player. I don't think I'm great at any of those things. ... I'll take all the help I can get."


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2010 Blues Fest -- Right Place, Right Time: Kim Massie (Sunday, 7:30 p.m., Tent Stage)
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

2010-06-23 11:53:00

Kim Massie

"You know the saying that you got to be in the right place at the right time?" singer Kim Massie asked in a recent phone interview. "It wasn't until I came to St. Louis where it was like, 'This is the place I'm supposed to be!' Everything started to happen. One thing led to another."

Kim Massie is not a household name, even in the context of the blues. She has become an institution in the great blues and jazz city of St. Louis over the past 10 years, twice winning the Riverfront Times' female-vocalist-of-the-year award, and she's the featured artist twice a week at the blues club Beale on Broadway. Yet she rarely performs outside of her hometown -- trips to Hungary, Seattle, San Francisco, Kansas City, and Washington, D.C., but no tours. St. Louis is a place like Chicago or New Orleans where blues musicians can find enough work that they don't have to leave.

Mike and Nanci Livermore of the Mississippi Valley Blues Society's Entertainment Committee "discovered" Massie in St. Louis and were so impressed with her show that they suggested the committee get her for the 2010 festival. The committee loved her powerful, soulful singing, which STLBlues.net described as "the voice of God with growling nuances of Etta James."


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2010 Blues Fest -- Just Keep Saying “Yes”: Ruthie Foster (Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Tent Stage)
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Music

Category: Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

2010-06-23 11:52:00

Ruthie Foster

The numerous plaudits for singer/songwriter Ruthie Foster include O magazine calling her "a blues powerhouse" and Paste magazine raving, "There's no denying the power of Foster's monstrous voice," and she received a 2009 Grammy Award nomination for her CD The Truth According to Ruthie Foster -- which is about as confident a title as one could imagine.

Yet during our recent phone interview, the Austin, Texas-based musician admits that power and confidence were by no means inherent traits.

"I knew early on that I wanted to be in music doing something," says Foster of her professional goals, "but being a singer out front was not my idea of what I wanted to do. I wanted to be support. For anyone. I was kind of shy, so I didn't really see myself doing what I'm doing now.

"So yeah, I wanted to be in music, but to this capacity?" she continues. "I just kind of learned how to be out in front of people and how to entertain. You know, you just keep saying 'yes,' and all these opportunities come up."


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