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Mississippi Valley Blues Society Proudly announces Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys featuring Westside Andy AND Ghost Town Blues Band!
The Mississippi Valley Blues Society continues to "Keep the Blues Alive" in the Quad Cities, by bringing top notch blues musicians to our area!
The Mississippi Valley Blues Society brings true South-Side Chicago Blues to the Quad Cities with Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys featuring Westside Andy!
Date:Sunday January 20th
Location: Viking Club 1450 41st Street, Moline IL
Admission: $10 MVBS members/ $12 non-members
(memberships applications available at the event)
Bringing crowds to their feet at the hardest to please and sophisticated night clubs in the Midwest, Reverend Raven and the Chain Smoking Altar Boys play traditional blues, straight up with a big dose of passion. With smoking grooves, served up with hot harmonica and smooth stinging guitar they play original songs peppered with nods to Slim Harpo, Little Walter, Jimmy Rogers, Billy Boy Arnold, Junior Wells and the three Kings. www,reverendraven.com
"Best in the Midwest" ~ Johnny Rawls
"You guys are the real deal" ~ Tad Robinson
"Excellent" ~ Chicago Blues Guide
"They are very, very good. That's why I keep having them back at my club"
~ Buddy Guy
Westside Andy is one of the premier harp players to come out of Wisconsin along with Jim Liban, Steve Cohen, Madison Slim, Matthew Skoller and Cadillac Pete Rahn. A long time member of Paul Black's Flip Kings and his own band, The Westside Andy/Mel Ford Band, he's played just about everywhere and with anyone of note in the blues world. He's been with Reverend Raven since leaving his band in 2014.
"I remain a fan and supporter of your work as one of the most dynamic electric harmonica players of your generation."
~ Dan Aykroyd, actor, musician
The Mississippi Valley Blues Society brings true Memphis Blues to the Quad Cities with Ghost Town Blues Band!
Date:Sunday March 24th
Location: Viking Club 1450 41st Street Moline IL
Tickets:$10/ MVBS Members / $12/ Non-members
(membership applications available at the event)
Recently featured at Montreal Jazz Festival, Beale Street's latest success story, #4 on the 2018 Billboard Blues Charts (wk 9), 2016 Independent Blues Award winner for "Best Contemporary Blues Song", 2015 Blues Blast Music Award Nominee for "Best Blues Band" and 2014 International Blues Challenge Runner-up is Ghost Town Blues Band. www.ghosttownbluesband.com
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 even a hip-hop trombone player.
Horns, harmonies and homegrown instruments combined with an energetic and roots rich festival set makes Ghost Town Blues Band one of the "must see live bands on the festival circuit today." Both Andrew McNeill behind the drums and Matt Karner on the bass guitar are a punishing rhythm section behind multi-instrumentalist/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, Cedric Taylor on B3 and Taylor Orr on lead guitar, the grooves go from funky to "funk-nasty" as the band gains more notoriety in the blues festival and jam circuit.
Living Blues Magazine
This GREAT Blues show is brought to the Quad Cities by the Mississippi Valley Blues Society!