Marquise Knox

2:30pm Saturday on the Bandshell Stage

Marquise Knox was born in St. louis, Missouri, where he grew up in a musical family deeply rooted in the blues. He learned how to play the guitar from his grandmother Lillie, and also played with his uncle Clifford, who was a major influence in his life.

For Marquise, blues is his heritage and way of life. He spent his early teen years under his mentor, the late, great blues legend, Henry James Townsend. Marquise has performed with B.B. King, Pinetop Perkins, and David “Honeyboy” Edwards. He has also performed at dozens of festivals and has toured throughout Europe.

During a visit to Clarksdale, Mississippi, Marquise met Sam Lay, a music industry trend setter. Sam took an immediate liking to Marquise, and gave his career a boost by insisting that Chad Kassem bring Marquise to the celebrated blues series, "Bluesmasters at the Crossroads", which has showcased a who's who of the blues, at Blues Heaven Studios in Salina, Kansas. Marquise was an immediate crowd favorite, and was welcomed by all of the elders of the blues in attendance that year. His obvious talent made it clear Marquise had something special, and Kassam signed him to a three album deal.

Please welcome the Marquise Knox Band to the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival!

Photo Courtesy Mississippi Valley Blues Society