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PhillyCheeze’s Rock & Blues Reviews: #574 > Bowlful of Blues Festival

PhillyCheeze's Rock & Blues Reviews: #574 > Bowlful of Blues Festival


of Blues Festival – Sep 4, 2022

Fred Maytag Bowl

Newton, Iowa


By Phillip Smith; Sep. 5, 2022


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Enjoying the Blues in Newton,
Iowa at the Bowlful of Blues Festival is at the top of my list of things
to do on Labor Day weekend.  There’s s
not many better ways to spend the holiday. 
The clouds dissipated and the sun came out, making for beautiful day to
listen to music in Newton’s historic Maytag Park.


Presented by The
Mississippi Valley Blues Society
, the Bowlful of Blues Festival celebrated
its thirtieth year.  The lineup was absolutely
terrific and featured Muddy Walter Band, Matt Woods Band, Ghost
Town Blues Band
, Kent Burnside, and Popa Chubby.  Playing between sets, were local blues artists
Rob Lumbard, Bob Dorr and Jeff Peterson, Buckmiller Schwager,
and The Jury.


I arrived just in time to catch
local blue legends Bob Dorr and Jeff Petersen, aka The Blue
.  I was so glad to be able to hear
them again.  On a side note, they also performed
at the very first Bowlful of Blues Festival.  Following Bob and Jeff, The
Ghost Town Blues Band
took the stage. 
This was my fifth time this year to see this six-piece ensemble from Memphis.  Their Stax-meets-Muscle Shoals approach
always means a fantastic show.  They are
truly one of my favorites.     

I had reviewed Buckmiller
debut album To Memphis and Back earlier this year, and was
quite taken by it.
  Meeting Brian Schwager
Tom Buckmiller in person and hearing them play live really
made my day.
 I was very excited to see Kent
.  Bringing a big batch of real-deal
Mississippi blues with him, he absolutely commandeered the stage.
 I’ve been a fan of Burnside since reviewing
his 2013 debut album
My World is So Cold.  

The Jury, a band who I was not familiar with, stepped up next
to play a thirty-minute set of all-original songs.  They were tight and sounded good.  New York bluesman Poppa Chubby
headlined the show, filling in for Carolyn Wonderland who had to cancel
due to health reasons.  I had seen him
several times over the years, and he’s such a phenomenal guitarist. 

Special thanks go out to The
Mississippi Valley Blues Society
and all the volunteers who makes this wonderful
event happen every year.



  * All photos by Phillip Smith

Bob Dorr and Jeff Petersen

Ghost Town Blues Band

Buckmiller Schwager

Kent Burnside

The Jury

Popa Chubby

   * All Photos by Phillip Smitb

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