Murphy Park, 900 Bend Blvd, East Moline, IL


EAST MOLINE, ILLINOIS (June 18, 2019) — The Mississippi Valley Blues Society is thrilled with the cooperation and enthusiasm shown by all involved in making it an easy transition from Davenport, Iowa, to East Moline, Illinois, for the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival. With a short amount of time between the decision to relocate to Murphy Park and the scheduled start of the Blues Festival, organizers appreciate the timely manner things have been accomplished. The 2019 Blues Festival will go on as planned, in the new location on Friday July 5th and Saturday July 6.

The Blues Society is excited to be bringing the Festival to the Illinois side of the Mississippi River this year. The Mississippi Valley Blues Society is a non-profit organization, that works hard to fulfill their mission statement by providing Blues entertainment and blues education to both the Illinois and the Iowa Quad Cities and surrounding areas.

In 2014, the Mississippi Valley Blues Society was awarded the International Blues Foundation's top award in the "Blues Festival" and "Keeping the Blues Alive!" categories for their 30th Anniversary Festival. The Mississippi Valley Blues Society's endurance in overcoming the many years of relocating the festival due to flooding was stated as one of the main reasons for the award. 

Murphy Park is a smooth transition for the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival. Blues fans will still enjoy the holiday weekend in a park, enjoying the breeze off the Mississippi River, relaxing, and enjoying an incredible lineup of Blues talent. There will be music on two stages, food vendors, and BluesKool for the kids and adults. Gates open at 4PM on Friday, July 5, and at noon on Saturday, July 6.

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  • Bring your lawn chairs and sun screen.
  • No coolers allowed. Please support our vendors!
  • Children under 14 are free.
  • The Hyatt Hotel, 111 Bend Boulevard, East Moline, IL, 309-755-6000 has a block of rooms held at a special Festival rate for the weekend.
  • There is plenty of free and convenient parking.

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