Ghost Town Blues Band - MVBS Fundraiser

As part of an initiative to raise support for The Mississippi Valley Blues Society, MVBS will be presenting Ghost Town Blues Band at Kavanaugh’s Hilltop Tap, 1228 30th Street, Rock Island, IL, on Sunday, January 17, 2016. The show will start at 5:00 p.m. Admission is $10 for members of the Mississippi Valley Blues Society or $12 for non-members. All college students with a school ID will only be charged $5.

Beale Street’s latest success story, BBMA 2015 Nominee for “Best Blues Band and 2014 International Blues Challenge Runner-up is Ghost Town Blues Band. Not your grandpa’s blues band, their live show has been captivating audiences in the U.S. and Canada with a second-line horn entrance, cigar box guitars and electric push brooms to Allman Brothers style jams and their hip-hop trombone player. Both Preston McEwen behind the drums and Matt Karner on the bass guitar are a punishing rhythm section behind multi-instrumntalist/frontman Matt Isbell with raunchy cigar box guitar licks and raspy "Dr. John-like, whiskey and gravel-soaked vocals." With the addition of Trombonist Suavo Jones and Jeremy Powell on keys, the grooves go from funky to "funk-nasty" as the band gains more notoriety in the blues festival and jam circuit.

“GTBB shows what can happen when the past is distilled through young sensibilities, voices, and instruments. This is 21st century blues at its best.”

-Living Blues Magazine

Their live show has been captivating audiences in the U.S. and Canada with a second-line horn entrance, cigar box guitars, and electric push brooms to Allman Brothers style jams and their rapping trombone player. At the same time, the band’s raw energy and intensity is reminiscent of some of the best blues that rock n' roll has ever offered. The band can turn on a dime from North Mississippi hill country grooves to classic electric urban blues and funk and Allman Brothers style jams.

“With a shoot-from-the-hip Memphis attitude, and a STAX-busting explosion of modern blues vision, GTBB represents a welcome changing of the guard.”

- Living Blues Magazine 2012

Membership applications for The Mississippi Valley Blues Society will be available at the door.