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Ann Rabson, blues pianist and co-founder of Saffire-The Uppity Blues Women, will perform a free concert open to the public in Mojo’s at River Music Experience, 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, October 20th. This public appearance is the first of this Artist-In-Residency series presented by the Mississippi Valley Blues Society, and is made possible by a major grant from the Scott County Regional Authority. Additional support for this residency was provided by Riverboat Development Authority, Iowa Arts Council, Illinois Arts Council, Oscar Mayer Division of Kraft Foods, Alcoa, The Moline Foundation, LinguiSystems and Hampton Inn of Davenport.

Born in New York, Rabson grew up in Ohio, and in 1971 moved to Virginia. The talented guitarist and pianist started singing at an early age, and was singing out professionally by the time she was in high school. Ann Rabson was also nominated for the W.C. Handy Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year in 1995. Her solo CD, “Music Makin’ Mama,” leaves no doubt why she is considered one of the finest blues pianists and performers on the circuit today. For more information on Ann Rabson, visit on the web.

Also coming up this month at River Music Experience are The Club Trio (Oct. 8), Voices of Deliverance (Oct. 10 Gospel Brunch), Geoff Muldaur (Oct. 12), Joe Price (Oct. 15), The Metrolites (CD release party, Oct. 22), Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart (Oct. 23), Kevin Lane Boyd (Oct. 29) and Jen Gloeckner (Oct. 30). For more information, or to purchase tickets online, visit or phone RME at 563-326-1333.

RIBCO welcomes Shane Johnson’s Blue Train and Ernie Peniston for a double dose of the blues on Friday, Oct. 22 at 8:30 pm, and the legendary Duke Tumatoe and the Power Trio will rock the house on Friday, Oct. 29 at 9:30 pm. For more information on the complete calendar of artists coming into RIBCO, visit on the web.

New Blues Fer Youz…

“True to Yourself”, Albert Cummings (Blind Pig Records) Lord, have mercy! This former carpenter nails it every track, with a molten guitar attack that can’t be denied. This is Cummings debut CD from the Pig Pen label, and was produced by Jim Gaines of Santana and SRV fame, among others. Not for the faint of heart! For more on this and other fine Blind Pig releases, visit on the web.

That’s all there is this round, there aint no mo. Peace, love & blessings to everyone and, until we meet again at this crossroads…

Blues to ‘ya!

Local musician Ellis Kell writes about blues music both local and national in ‘True Blue’, running the first Sunday of each month in Entertainment. He is also on the staff of River Music Experience, a not-for-profit museum and center dedicated to preservation, education and celebration of American Roots music.

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