The annual Mississippi Valley Blues Festival is a two day festival next scheduled for July 1-2, 2016. Two stages, one an ornate bandshell in Davenport, Iowa's LeClaire Park next to the Mississippi River, will host 18 blues acts. There is also a children's tent where kids learn from blues educators, and free workshops where adults learn from master artists.
In 2014, the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival was honored to receive the Keeping the Blues Alive award for U.S. Festival from the Blues Foundation of Memphis TN. The festival is the only major blues festival in the nation produced entirely by an all-volunteer, non-profit organization, the Mississippi Valley Blues Society, and without major corporate sponsorship.
The festival features many styles of blues from up-and-coming artists to legends of the blues, from regional favorites to international touring acts. LeClaire Park sits between two icons of the blues experience: the Mississippi River and Highway 61, the "blues highway." Adding to a magnificent ambience are the trains passing by on the railroad parallel to the Park.