DAVENPORT, IOWA (May 10, 2023) — The Mississippi Valley Blues Society (MVBS) will once again hold the annual Blues Fest, September 15-16 on the banks of the Mississippi in beautiful and historic LeClaire Park, Davenport, Iowa. Following a successful 2022 Blues Fest, “We’re staying put in LeClaire Park,” said MVBS President, Kim Whitaker, “This is our home port, and people love the experience of Blues artists performing here, as do the artists.”

The 2023 Blues Fest artist lineup includes:

Friday, September 15

Rick Berthod

Jose Ramirez

Mr Sipp

Ana Popovic

Saturday, September 16

Chickenbone Slim and The Biscuits featuring Laura Chavez

Kat Riggins

John Nemeth and The Blue Dreamers

Sugaray Rayford

The Blood Brothers featuring Mike Zito and Albert Castiglia

The annual Blues Fest is a major fundraising event in support of the MVBS mission to preserve the Blues, a unique American art form. Ticket prices are as follows and available at mvbs.org/tickets:

Advance Tickets:

Friday: $25

Saturday: $35

Friday-Saturday: $55

At the Gate:

Friday: $35

Saturday: $45

Friday-Saturday: $70

A $2.00 per ticket service fee will be added to each purchase. Advance ticket sales will end August 31.

According to MVBS Festival Production Chair, John Resch “It’s controlled chaos” in staging this event with an all-volunteer organization which is why volunteers are always needed and much appreciated. The two-day event showcases award-winning, national, contemporary Blues artists to entertain and educate, which includes the annual BluesSkool event on Saturday. The Blues Fest, typically draws an audience of over 2,500 Blues and live music fans from across the US and the Midwest and is a major fundraiser for MVBS.

MVBS is one of the longest established non-profit, all-volunteer Blues organizations in the US, which was founded in 1984 in Davenport, Iowa. The mission of the Mississippi Valley Blues Society is to ensure the future of a uniquely American art form by fostering greater public appreciation through performance, education, and preservation of the Blues Heritage.

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