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Mississippi Valley Blues Festival is back for 2016 after 2015 cancellation

Returning in July for its 31st year, the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival was set to be held at LeClaire Park in Davenport, Iowa. Blues fans can enjoy a weeken...

Returning in July for its 31st year, the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival was set to be held at LeClaire Park in Davenport, Iowa.

Blues fans can enjoy a weekend of music by more than 10 acts on Friday and Saturday July 1 and 2, 2016. The full lineup has not yet been announced.

“We want the 2016 lineup to reach a wide audience while maintaining our Blues roots,” says Steve Heston, President of the Mississippi Valley Blues Society. “We’re confident this year’s lineup, featuring local, regional, and national Blues acts, will do just that and we look forward to celebrating our thirty-first year with music fans from around the world.”

Related: Visiting musician sings out to save Mississippi Valley Blues Festival 

The festival each year is put on by the Mississippi Valley Blues Society. Click here to see their Facebook page.  As of mid-February, the society was still looking for a sponsor to share the expenses.  They planned to hold fundraising events to help.

Read More: 'Financial challenges' blamed for cancellation of Mississippi Valley Blues Fest 

The 2015 festival was cancelled because of financial challenges.  The festival had been set for early September, but in mid-July President Steve Heston announced the cancellation, saying the society needed to re-focus their efforts.

"We are not able to proceed with a major event this year, so we will instead concentrate on continuing our existing programs, look to build funding, and possible hold a festival in 2016," Heston previously said.