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2013 Blues Fest – Thursday, July 4: Bandshell
Written By: Administrator
Section: Music

Category: Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

2013-06-27 11:53:15

Selwyn Birchwood Band, 3 p.m.
SelwynBirchwood.com

CD Baby says it best about Selwyn Birchwood’s CD FL Boy: “Eclectic original tunes ranging from swampy roots music to upbeat front-porch blues to hip-shakin’ funk grooves.” That description applies to his band’s high-energy live shows, too.

When I heard the Selwyn Birchwood Band at the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge in February, it was obvious to me that it was the best band in the finals. For the past few years, I’ve disagreed with and been disappointed by the winning bands chosen at the IBC finals, but in 2013 the judges got it right. The Selwyn Birchwood Band was chosen number one out of more than 200 bands in the competition, and Selwyn Birchwood won the Albert King award for best guitarist.


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2013 Blues Fest – Thursday, July 4: Tent
Written By: Administrator
Section: Music

Category: Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

2013-06-27 11:52:32

Kevin “B.F.” Burt, 4 p.m.
KevinBFBurt.com

For more than 20 years, Coralville’s Kevin “B.F.” Burt has been electrifying audiences throughout the nation, dispelling the myth that true blues has no roots in Iowa. His soul-inspired presentation is unique, which consistently gets him compared to a range of artists including Bill Withers and Aaron Neville, with the ability to build an audience rapport that has been compared with greats such as B.B. King.

Kevin is a self-taught musician (vocals, harmonica, and guitar) who has also had some stage-acting experience. In the off-Broadway play Klub Ka, the Blues Legend, Kevin played Papa Gee and arranged all of the blues music. The play, which originally ran in Iowa City and then in Washington, DC, also had a two-week run at LaMama’s Experimental Theater in New York City and was sold out each night. Kevin has also had roles in several other plays at the University of Iowa – for example, playing Whining Boy in the acclaimed August Wilson play The Piano Lesson.


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2013 Blues Fest – Friday, July 5: Bandshell
Written By: Administrator
Section: Music

Category: Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

2013-06-27 11:51:50

Mississippi Valley Blues Challenge, 3 p.m.

The first Mississippi Valley Blues Challenge final round is being held at the festival this year with three bands vying for a chance to be named the victor. Each of the bands will play for 20 minutes, with the winner of the challenge qualifying for the 30th International Blues Challenge in Memphis, as well as receiving a paid bandshell slot in this year’s Mississippi Valley Blues Festival – at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 6.

The challenge started with three preliminary rounds at the sponsoring venue, The Muddy Waters in Bettendorf, where one band from each round advanced to the finals. The Mississippi Valley Blues Challenge preliminary rounds featured a strong field of competitors, including Harris Collection, the Jared Hughes Band, Mississippi Misfits, and Wheelhouse.

The three bands that advanced to the finals were the Chris Avey Band, Serious Business, and the Rock Island Rollers – playing Friday in that order.


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2013 Blues Fest – Friday, July 5: Tent
Written By: Administrator
Section: Music

Category: Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

2013-06-27 11:50:36

Winter Blues AllStars, 4 p.m.

The Winter Blues AllStars is composed of talented young musicians selected from the River Music Experience’s Winter Blues program. The annual Winter Blues program features vocal and instrumental workshops (guitar, bass, harmonica, keyboards, and drums), as well as a concentration on blues composition and improvisation. These sessions are open to musicians from eight to 18 years of age, and are led by Ellis Kell of the RME and Hal Reed of the Mississippi Valley Blues Society, as well as veteran blues musicians from the region as special guests.

Here’s some information on the AllStars from the December 2012 session.


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

Category: Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

2013-06-27 11:49:19

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.


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