4 Mar

About the Mid-Mississippi Muddy Water Blues Society of Quincy, Illinois

The Mid Mississippi Muddy Water Blues Society (MMMWBS) was formed in 1994 as a result of the First Blues Fest in Quincy, Illinois. A small group of people interested in the education and promotion of Blues music locally formed the MMMWBS. The Society is a 501C3 not for profit organization that works to promote, educate, and keep Blues music alive in the local area.

Some of the projects that we have worked with in the past include the Blues in the Schools program, various media donations to the Quincy Public Library, and for many years we held The Quincy Area Blues Fest. Other projects that we’ve been involved with include jam sessions and various fundraisers. Our most successful fundraiser is the Annual Blue Note Open. This is an indoor winter golf tournament that is a fund raiser for the MMMWBS. We’ve also held a fundraiser called the “Blue Note Derby” a night of (stick) horse racing, and several “Can Jam’s”, to help out local food pantries.

In years past, we have raised funds to help the KHQA Rescue Cam Fund at the Quincy Area Blues Fest. This is a program to help all area Fire Stations become equipped with Rescue Cams (thermal imaging cameras) to help find victims in heavy smoke and total darkness. And we have also made other contributions in the past to other area interests such as the Salvation Army and the Indian Mounds Pool Project, and recently the Lincoln Jackson Swimming Complex.

The Quincy Area Blues Fest had a good reputation as a top tier small blues festival in the Midwest. Through 2009, there had been 16 years of annual Blues Fests being held in Quincy’s Historical Washington Park. The park, a real “Gem” in the “Gem City” is a one-square block area in the heart of the Quincy Historic Business District. It’s a beautiful setting with a lot of shade trees and is well know for being the site of one the historic Lincoln-Douglas debates, as well as a site visited by the Mormon pioneers. The Fest was held annually on the third weekend in July. Quincy features several affordable hotels within walking distance of the Washington Park festival site. Unfortunately, the Blues Society no longer hosts a Blues Festival, as several factors beyond our control have caused us to make this difficult decision. However, the Historic Quincy Business District hosts Free Blues In The District Summer Concerts in Washington Park, and this has become a very popular local summer event with multiple dates.

We also gladly accept music CD’s from Bands wishing to have their music included in our Blues Society Music Library. These can be sent to us at Quincy Area Blues Fest, PO Box 887, Quincy, IL 62306. All materials will become the property of the MMMWBS and after the  The Society’s Music Library is done as a service to allow members to check out new artists and to hopefully encourage them to purchase those Artists’ music that they enjoy.

We conduct monthly meetings on the third Thursday of the month at 7 pm at The Town & Country Inn and Suites (in the Den-bar room), 110 North 54th St. in Quincy, (behind the Home Depot.  We gladly welcome all newcomers and encourage the participation of all members. Thanks for checking us out on the Web!

Board Members

Brenda Dirkes

Vice President
Linda Gertz

Chris Cowen

Nancy Gertz

Board Members At Large
Ben Bumbry

David Schaffer