Bellson Music Fest A Centennial Celebration!


The 3rd Annual Bellson Music Fest will be held Saturday, June 8th, at the RB&W District in Rock Falls, IL. This year is a Centennial Celebration of the legacy of LOUIE BELLSON (1924-2009) the Rock Falls native who rose to become the renowned drummer, composer, band leader and six-time Grammy nominee. The event is hosted by Rock Falls Tourism which works closely with Bellson’s widow Francine Bellson ( and Josh Duffee (music director from
Davenport, IA).

Five bands consisting of big band, jazz and music honoring Louie Bellson will be played from 12 noon to 9:30 pm at the RB&W District amphitheater.

We are excited to announce that Josh Duffee & His Orchestra will return to join the performance line up with Steve Smith and Vital Information and Rock River Jazz Band, Inc. Josh Duffee and His Orchestra have specialized in music from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s for the past 20 years in the Quad Cities area, and they have enjoyed performing compositions and arrangements by Louie Bellson for previous Bellson Music Festivals.

For this year’s Festival, they will perform music from the 1940s, as well as some compositions written by Bellson himself in the 1950s and 1960s. Also, Josh will perform on the Bellson Drum Set given to him by Francine Bellson. Their performance time will be 6 pm to 7:30 pm.

Announcements of the other bands performing are forthcoming.

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