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River Music Experience

Ellis Kell Winter Blues Camp

 Dec 30 2019 - Jan 3 2020 (No rehearsal on Jan 1) , from 1 - 5 pm each day

     FINAL JAM:  Jan 3, 2020 from 6-8pm
      LOCATION:  River Music Experience, 129 N Main St., Davenport, Iowa

              AGES:   8 - 18 years old
                 FEE:   $175



Payment due in full upon registration. Follow link to complete registartion form and payment online. 


The annual Winter Blues program features vocal and instrumental workshops (guitar, bass, harmonica, keyboards & drums), as well as concentration on blues composition and improvisation. Sessions are open to area musicians from 8-18 years old.

Workshops and rehearsals run in December after Christmas and conclude with a blues jam in the Redstone Room.

These sessions will be led by RME’s Bret Dale with Hal Reed of the Mississippi Valley Blues Society, and will feature other veteran blues musicians from the region as special guests for these workshop sessions. The focus will be on sharpening one’s individual skills and expressing oneself through the blues roots form - by learning how to improvise, and also through the composition of original blues lyrics and music.

Winter Blues will consist of five ½ day sessions from Dec 26-29. Sessions will be held from 1-5 pm on site at River Music Experience in the RME Performance Hall, the Redstone Room and on the Sound Lab. Winter Blues concludes with a special Blues Jam event in the Redstone Room on Saturday, December 29th starting at 6pm.

Winter Blues Registration and Information                                                     

You can register and pay for Winter Blues online here. If you download our form instead, please complete with payment and mail to:

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c/o Bret Dale
129 N. Main Street
Davenport, IA 52801

Registration Questions?
Contact Bret Dale for more details
Phone: 563-326-1333, ext. 110 or email:

The Ellis Kell Winter Blues Camp is made possible by the support of the Mississippi Valley Blues Society and the Karli Rose Kell Music Scholarship Fund.