The blues is the foundation, and it's got to carry the top. The other part of the scene, the rock 'n' roll and the jazz, are the walls of the blues.                                                                                                           
- Luther Allison

Mississippi Valley Blues Society Presents Blues-Rock Guitarist Dave Fields, May 11

dave fieldsThe Mississippi Valley Blues Society presents “New York Boss Man” Dave Fields and his band at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, at Frick’s Tavern, 1402 W Third Street, Davenport, IA. The cost to see this performance will be $8 if you are a Mississippi Valley Blues Society member, or $10 if you have not joined the Blues Society (application will be available at the door).

Dave Fields is a "genre-busting" blues-rock guitarist/singer/composer/producer whose performances have been electrifying audiences from New York City, Oslo, Moscow, Sardinia, and San Diego for many years. Todd Fitzsimmons of The NY State Blues Festival says, “Dave deserves to be heard by every blues fan...”. And fortunately for blues lovers, his music has been heard on TV, radio, and the web, used for the 2004 Olympics, VH1, IBM, and much more.

Dave’s musical path has been quite a journey. “Unlike many blues musicians, I was raised to be a musical ‘hit man’”, states Dave. From the time Dave was a young child was exposed to noteworthy musicians. He grew up in his noted gifted composer/arranger/producer/father’s, Sammy “Forever” Fields, recording studio being exposed to the likes of Sammy Kahn, Rupert Holmes and Stevie Wonder. After attending Berklee College of Music, Dave was immersed in the NYC music scene as a first-call guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. This allowed Dave his unmatchable music experience which lead to him doing sessions with many famous musicians and producers like Tommy James and Ahmed Ertegen (to name a few) and even was on staff of one of the top five jingle companies in “NY Look Music”. As Dave’s notoriety grew, he was able to add playing/recording with Aretha Franklin, performances with the likes of Hubert Sumlin, The Drifters, Lenny Kravitz, and Blues Traveler, and his appearance in the U2 movie “Rattle and Hum”, to his resume.

But not long into his musical career, Dave made the decision that he was going to make a stand in his life. He was going to do what was really important to himself. So he set out on his new career path - being Dave Fields the artist. “I had backed up and produced so many other artists and one day it dawned on me, why am I doing this for everyone else? Why can’t I do it for me!”. This turned out to be a remarkable decision for him - in 2006 Dave won Best Self-Produced CD at the International Blues Challenge for producing “Back in Bluesville”, and on May 20, 2012 he was inducted into NY Blues Hall Of Fame along with John Hammond and Gary US Bonds. “As a musician I was put on this this earth to spread joy, love and life to everyone. I try to do that what every note I play, with every lyric I write and sing,” Dave Fields.

The band has played in the Quad Cities several times, but this will be a first-time show at Frick’s Tavern, Davenport, IA. Frick’s, built in 1872, is the oldest bar in Davenport, and second oldest in the state of Iowa. The owners have recently refurbished the building which included creating a performance area with an outdoor patio on the second floor. The Mississippi Valley Blues Society looks forward to presenting this performance at this newly restored venue.

Open to the Public Blues in the Schools Event with the Duo-Sonics, Wednesday, May 3 at the River Music Experience

duo sonicsThe Mississippi Valley Blues Society invites you to a Free and Open-To-The-Public night with the
Duo-Sonics on Wednesday, May 3, at the River Music Experience. This program is being presented as part of the Mississippi Valley Blues Society Blues-In-The-Schools program.

The Duo-Sonics of Tulsa, Oklahoma, bring a unique blend of blues and roots music to the stage. Featuring David Berntson on harmonica and Bobby "Greenshoes" Parker on guitar, the Duo-Sonics interpret classic blues in an exciting, high-energy show. Both performers have been on the music scene for over 40 years, performing nationally and internationally, and they truly know how to connect with an audience. Whether playing a slow blues dripping with amplified harp and slide guitar, a fine boogie-woogie, or a finger poppin' jump blues number, this duo can really sing and swing. Vocal harmonies, tasty guitar licks and full-bodied harmonica tone are coupled with a great passion for the Blues, making the Duo-Sonics a dynamic and entertaining musical experience.

2017 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival Lineup Announced!

The Mississippi Valley Blues Festival will be once again on the first full weekend before the 4th of July - Friday June 30 and Saturday July 1, 2017.

The gates on Friday, June 30 at 4:00 p.m. The Local Scene music tent bands will start at 4:00 p.m. and will be playing between each of the Bandshell stage sets that start at 5:00 p.m.

On Saturday, July 1 the gates will open at 12:00 p.m. The Local Scene music tent music will start at 12:00 p.m. and will feature local blues bands between each of the Bandshell acts that start at 1:00 p.m.


FRIDAY June 30
5:00 p.m. Zach Harris Band
6:30 p.m. All Sweat Productions Presents:
The 3 Kings (B.B., Albert & Freddie)
8:30 p.m. Joanna Conner
10:30 p.m. The Reverend Payton's Big Damn Band

1:00 p.m. Travis Ried Band
2:30 p.m. T.B.A.
4:30 p.m. Corey Dennison Band
6:30 p.m. Hamilton Loomis
8:30 p.m. Dana Fuchs
10:30 p.m. Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers

Tickets will be on sale soon.