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2013 Blues Fest – Saturday, July 6: Tent
Written By: Administrator
Section: Music

Category: Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

2013-06-27 11:48:52

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.


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2013 Blues Fest – Workshop and BlueSKool Performers
Written By: Administrator
Section: Music

Category: Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

2013-06-27 11:47:09

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.


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Complete 2012 Blues Fest Coverage
Written By: Administrator
Section: Music

Category: Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

2012-06-20 11:59:02

This page links to the River Cities’ Reader’s complete coverage of the 2012 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, including new interviews with seven of this year’s performers and biographies of each artist.

Ticket information is here. The welcome letter from the Mississippi Valley Blues Society president is here. Biographies of workshop and BlueSKool leaders who are not performing on either the Bandshell or Tent stages are here.


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2012 Blues Fest – An Active “Retirement”: Lonnie Brooks (Sunday, July 1, 9 p.m., Bandshell)
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

2012-06-20 11:58:28

Brooks Family Blues Dynasty

“I’m not working as much as I’ve been,” said 78-year-old Lonnie Brooks in a recent phone interview. “I had in mind to try to retire, but my boys keep tellin’ me, ‘Let’s go out there.’”

I asked him when he decided he wanted to retire. Without missing a beat or belying the joke, the Louisiana-bred Chicagoan deadpanned: “I was thinking about this about 16 years ago. But I needed money, so I kept on.”

Brooks’ “retirement” decision coincided with his last studio release of new recordings, 1996’s Roadhouse Rules – which in retrospect seems to have ended a two-decade solo run on the Alligator label, including 1979’s classic Bayou Lightning. The All Music Guide called him “a Chicago blues giant” with a “unique Louisiana/Chicago blues synthesis unlike anyone else’s on the competitive Windy City scene.”


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2012 Blues Fest – Devil in Disguise: Bobby Rush (Sunday, July 1, 8:30 p.m., Tent)
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Music

Category: Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

2012-06-20 11:57:00

Bobby RushWhen Blues Music Award winner Bobby Rush takes the stage at this year’s Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, he’ll be doing so in a concert set titled “The Double Rush Revue,” so named because, as he says, “I’ve got one part of the show I’m doing with the band, and the next part I’m gonna strip down – just me and my guitar.”

It won’t be the first time the 76-year-old blues artist has stripped down for a gig.


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