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Images from the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2011-07-21 13:18:13

Four photographers offered us their images from the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, and here’s a sampling of their work, covering 18 Blues Fest acts. Many thanks to Cole Carrara, Steve France, Scott Klarkowski, and Norman Sands for sharing their work. (Sands’ full Blues Fest gallery can be found here.)

Eric Gales

Otis Clay

DelGrosso/Del Toro Richardson Band

Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers

Ryan McGarvey

Koko Taylor Tribute

Paul Rishell & Annie Raines

The Way of the Blues Revue

Chris Beard

The Candymakers

Linsey Alexander

The Paul Smoker Notet

Chocolate Thunder

Mississippi Heat

Peaches Staten

R.J, Mischo with Earl Cate & Them

Sherman Robertson

Studebaker John & the Hawks

The audience



2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival Coverage
Written By: Administrator
Section: Music

Category: Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

2011-06-22 12:07:25

This year’s Mississippi Valley Blues Festival – co-sponsored by the River Cities’ Reader – will be held July 1 through 3 in downtown Davenport’s LeClaire Park. The event features 27 acts spread over two stages, and the music begins at 5 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

In the links that follow, you’ll find interviews with five of this year’s performers.

In addition, the full festival schedule can be found on the back page of this week’s River Cities’ Reader or at MVBS.org/fest.

Advance tickets – $17 for a single day and $50 for the weekend – are available through June 30 at the Adler Theatre box office, Ticketmaster outlets, and local Hy-Vee stores. Admission at the gate is $20 per day. Children 14 and younger are admitted free with a paid adult.



Thank You for Smoker-ing – The Paul Smoker Notet: Sunday, July 3, 5:30 p.m., Tent Stage
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

2011-06-22 12:05:01

Paul Smoker

It would be hard to argue that acclaimed trumpet player and bandleader Paul Smoker isn’t an ideal local-musician-makes-good choice for the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival. After all, the 70-year-old was raised in Davenport, performed in numerous Quad Cities nightclubs (starting at the tender age of 14), and earned four degrees from the University of Iowa, including a doctorate in music.

Granted, if you were feeling particularly quarrelsome, you could note that Smoker isn’t a blues musician, as he freely admits. But while he and his bandmates – the four-man ensemble the Paul Smoker Notet – will be performing at this year’s festival in the annual slot reserved for jazz artists, it’s not as though the blues is a genre he’s unpracticed in.


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A Tiger Up on That End – Nellie “Tiger” Travis: Saturday, July 2, 7:30 p.m., Tent Stage
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

2011-06-22 12:04:07

Nellie 'Tiger' TravisWhen Nellie “Tiger” Travis sang “Wang Dang Doodle” – Koko Taylor’s signature hit – she could never hit the high notes in the chorus: “We gonna pitch a wang dang doodle all night long.”

“I always did it down low,” Travis said in a recent phone interview. Then came Taylor’s funeral in 2009.

“I hit the high note for the first time ever,” Travis said. “That day, it just came out like that. ... I do it all the time now. ... I can’t explain it. I don’t know if it was a spirit thing, or if I was just so full until it just came out ... . I just know I hit it now.”


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“God Loves It All” – Otis Clay: Sunday, July 3, 9:30 p.m., Tent Stage
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

2011-06-22 12:03:18

Is he soul? Is he blues? Is he gospel? Yes, and he has become an iconic figure in all those genres.” – Chicago Sun-Times

Otis Clay

“I’ve always been a bit open-minded about the music,” Otis Clay said in a recent phone interview. He recalled that when he first went professional, he performed a genre of music called jubilee that included show tunes alongside gospel. “In the ’60s we would be all up in the Catskills during the week, and do churches on Sunday. I had done secular even then. [But] I never left gospel. It was all mixed up in there.”

That genre-blending had begun even before Clay – who will receive the Mississippi Valley Blues Society RiverRoad Lifetime Achievement Award before his July 3 festival performance – started touring when he was 18. Born in Waxhaw, Mississippi, in 1942, Clay started singing in the church at four, but even then he was also getting a different music education. “My father was an entrepreneur – he always had a juke joint, and my mother was very religious. But ... for the Saturday-night fish fries, she would cook and sell sandwiches,” Clay said. There he would listen to John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, and Howlin’ Wolf on the jukebox. He was seven years old when he experienced his first live concert: Muddy Waters in Clarksdale.


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