Tickets for the festival and more information are available at www.mvbs.org.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect artists and venues, Mississippi Valley Blues Society President Bob Clevenstine said only one artist canceled and they found a replacement by doing so. Grammy nominated contemporary blues artist Danielle Nicole.
He was concerned about a potential domino effect of the withdrawal of artists, but that did not happen.
“We are just asking our attendees to be considerate of their fellow blues fanatic and expand a bit,” Clevenstine said of COVID-19 protocols at the festival.
Previously held in July, Clevenstine said the company decided to move the date to avoid flooding in the park.
In the spring of 2020, Mississippi Valley Blues Society volunteer Dave Wells said the company had started planning to revamp its digital presence with the goal of reaching a younger and larger audience. When the pandemic eliminated any chance of bringing artists to the Quad-Cities, the company decided to take the plunge, starting with digitizing analog footage.
Hidden in closets, crawl spaces and garages were VHS tapes and other analog videos of concerts, workshops and interviews. The company has digitized as much as it was recoverable and is still working on it. Images dating back to the 1980s are available on the company’s website and on Vimeo.