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Mississippi River Flooding "Is Not Going To Take Away Our Blues"

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Downtown Davenport is packed with people today, despite the flooded riverfront and canceled fireworks.

It's the 30th Annual Mississippi Valley Blues Fest, we're right above where all the action is happening, but organizers say despite the flooding the festival hasn't been affected much at all.

Musician Dexter Allen from Crystal Springs, Mississippi opened up the main stage today at the Blues Fest.

"My music is blues-soul," said Dexter Allen. "It speaks from the heart. If you see me perform one time, you see me perform two times, three times. It's never the same."

He said the blues isn't just about sad times.

"Fifty years from now, there will still be blues because of what it represented in an era that it was derived from, I think it's something that will never die. It's on the inside of you, it's something that you live, it's something that you know about," said Dexter Allen.

The festival has moved to 2nd Street for the second year in a row, but organizers said they weren't about to let their festival drift away in the rising waters.

"It kind of threw us into the flood, but the Mississippi waters is not going to take away our blues," said entertainment committee member for the Mississippi Valley Blues Fest Tracy Sue Martin. "We're on 2nd Street and the show must go on."

She said they get over 3,000 submissions each year from musicians, wanting to be apart of the Blues Fest.

"There's a lot of musicians that haven't played here, so they're really, really happy to get here and play for us and bring their style of blues up to Iowa, little ole Davenport," said Martin.

And they had to narrow it down to only 29 this year.

"We've got a wonderful blue sky, sunshine and wonderful blues," said Martin.

Tonight George Thorogood and the Destroyers are closing out the main stage, starting at 11 p-m.

Tickets are available at the gate for $25.


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