Blues Society Launches $50,000 Fundraising Campaign

Blues Society Launches $50,000 Fundraising Campaign

Including a Festival Fundraiser May 3

Citing depleted coffers due to years of fighting Mother Nature, the Mississippi Valley Blues Society has announced the launch of a fundraising campaign with a goal of raising $50,000 by May 31. The campaign targets blues fans as well as community businesses and potential sponsors. All donations are tax-deductible, and will go towards the Blues Festival scheduled for September 5 and 6 in Davenport’s LeClaire Park.

MVBS Blues Challenge Preliminary Round Sunday at RME

The Mississippi Valley Blues Society, Central Iowa Blues Society, Southeast Iowa Blues Society, and South Skunk Blues Society present the 2015 Iowa Blues Challenge (IBC). The IBC is a cooperative effort among the four organizations to select a solo-duo and band participant to represent the State of Iowa at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, in January 2016.
The Final Round of the IBC will be held in Des Moines, IA on May 16, but first each solo/duo and band, made up primarily of Iowa based musicians, must surmount a Preliminary Round.

Johnny O

Although I had been aware of his presence for many years I only recently got to know John O'Meara. 4 years ago I started attending his jam sessions at the Muddy Waters. Johnny always had a smile, a hug, and a kiss on the cheek for me. I never once doubted the sincerity in his heart.

Not only was Johnny a very talented and brilliant musician but he was a friend to so many in the Quad Cities. There was no condition to his love. He loved us all equally and without measure.

Food Forest Fundraiser

A night of music and entertainment is planned Saturday to raise funds for plants and supplies for the project, "The Blackhawk Gardens Community Food Forest" in Davenport, Iowa. The event takes place from 5 PM until 2 AM at the Davenport Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge.

There will be food, drawings, an auction, plant sales, massages, and other ways to help raise funds for this community volunteer effort. There is a $10 suggested admission for the all ages event.

Live music will be provided by QC area musicians:

Cease & Desist: Still Standing Releases First EP

Photo courtesy Jacob Gregory
Photo Courtesy PBrooks Photography

What happens when you combine elements of multiple metal and Hardcore bands? Well, if they are My Pal Trigger, Continuance, Haddonfield, Conqueror, Kronos Resistor, Outsiders, and Kings, you might get the hot new Heavy Hardcore band that is known as Still Standing.

On April 11th, with a party that includes Dividing the Masses, Straight Up, Condor & Jaybird, and Calm is Key, Still Standing will release their first EP, titled Cease & Desist at The River Music Experience.

2015 Benefit - Roberta's Blog

What a feeling, on the backside of an event where musicians and non-musicians alike came together to support music education programs in one of our local school districts. I sent out a thank you message via Facebook – there were so many volunteers and musicians who were very generous with their time, and so many QC area folks who enjoyed the music, entered raffles and bid on silent auction items. I have one silent auction item left to deliver - and can finally say we doubled the income from last year's benefit.

Puppets - Centaur Noir Release

Centaur Noir has embraced change as a constant from its inception. The band began as an acoustic solo project where Burns wrote songs and played them on his guitar. Experimenting with electronic music on his laptop led to implementing new sounds as he began recording more at Sound and Vision. The electronic sound of Centaur Noir just slowly evolved from there. Their new CD, Puppets, will be released Friday, March 20 with a celebration at The Backroom Comedy Theater.

RME MATCH65 Bash Saturday, March 21

Press Release from the River Music Experience:

MATCH65 Bash to benefit RME's 2015 Annual Appeal

River Music Experience nearing $62,500 goal

Streetlight - Lynn Allen

What do you do when a record company approaches you and says “we’d like you to record an album”? If you’re Billy Peiffer, you record an album.

Al's Last Show - The Post Mortems

When a rhythm section plays together exclusively for 15 years, they’re bound to be as tight as a rhythm section can be. When the rhythm section is the entire band and they’ve played together exclusively for 15 years, there are endless possibilities. For Devin Alexander and Al Raymond, it’s been a good 15 years, half their lives. But Saturday, March 21st marks Al’s last show with The Post Mortems as he moves on to the big city.