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Blues Fest 2009: Saturday, July 4, Tent Stage
Written By: Administrator
Section: Music

Category: Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

2009-06-24 12:00:00

Marquise KnoxMarquise Knox, 2 p.m.

Marquise Knox is a young blues artist who comes out of the St. Louis area. The guitar is his instrument of choice on which he says he can best express himself. Marquise also plays the harmonica and of course sings - very well, I might add. I had the pleasure of seeing him perform this year in St. Louis on our return trip from the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. I was pleasantly surprised to see the poise this young man has and the stage presence of someone many years older.


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Blues Fest 2009: Friday, July 3, Tent Stage
Written By: Administrator
Section: Music

Category: Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

2009-06-24 12:00:00

T.J. WheelerT.J. Wheeler, 2 p.m.

Blues guitarist and educator T.J. Wheeler spent a week's Blues in the Schools residency in the Quad Cities during Black History Month this year; he conducted workshops at eight schools, one university, and one museum. The Mississippi Valley Blues Society education committee was so impressed with T.J.'s blues education abilities that he was invited back for the 25th-annual IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival. Besides performing on the tent stage and conducting a workshop at 1 p.m. on Saturday where he'll share "Back Stories of the Blues," T.J. will preside over a BlueSKool slot along with kids he will have taught at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Rock Island just a few days before the Fest.


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Blues Fest 2009: Friday, July 3, Bandshell Stage
Written By: Administrator
Section: Music

Category: Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

2009-06-24 12:00:00

The Avey BrothersThe Avey Brothers, 2 p.m.

The Mississippi Valley Blues Society is pleased to welcome the Quad Cities' own the Avey Brothers to this year's Blues Fest - again! The Avey Brothers were also the winners of 2008's Iowa Blues Challenge. They competed in the International Blues Challenge this February in Memphis, where the band winner of that competition, J.P. Soars & the Red Hots, shared the same venue as the Avey Brothers. This May, the Avey Brothers again were back in Des Moines for the Iowa Blues Challenge finals, where they once more came out on top against some heavy competition: Matt Woods & the Thunderbolts, Trouble No More, and Blues Explosion (the kids from Omaha). That victory has earned them - again! - an impressive prize package, including a slot at the IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, and the right to represent the state of Iowa in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis next year.


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Blues Fest 2009: Thursday, July 2, Tent Stage
Written By: Administrator
Section: Music

Category: Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

2009-06-24 12:00:00

Radoslav LorkovicRadoslav Lorkovic, 5 p.m.

In 1985, Radoslav Lorkovic played at the first Blues Fest. At last year's festival, Radoslav was the piano man with the Holmes Brothers. He adds their name to a long list of musicians he's collaborated with in performance and on recordings, including Odetta and Greg Brown. His long touring career on the R&B and folk circuits has led Radoslav from the venues of the Midwest's upper Mississippi River area to Italian castles, the Canary Islands, the Yup'ik villages of Alaska, and Carnegie Hall.


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IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival 2009: A Note from the MVBS President
Written By: Administrator
Section: Music

Category: Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

2009-06-24 12:00:00

Larry McCrayWelcome to the 25th-anniversary IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival! On behalf of the blues society, I would like to say we are proud of our quarter-century of bringing you, the fans, the best quality blues festival possible. Ours is a fest of not only quality but diversity. We strive to provide you a sampling of the many different styles of America's original music, the blues.


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