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12th Annual Kearney Blues Festival

Featuring: Duke Tumatoe & The Power Trio, Patrick Recob & The Perpetual Luau All-Stars, Dust Devil Choir, and a Special Mystery Guest Band

5:00pm Saturday, August 24th, 2019
Kearney Amphitheater

Price: $10.00 in advance / $15.00 at the Gate

Duke Tumatoe & The Power Trio

Duke Tumatoe, born William “Bill" Severen Fiorio in 1947, is an American blues guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. He has gigged with Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, B.B. King, Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy, John Fogerty and George Thorogood. He was a founding member of arena-rock giants REO Speedwagon. He has released fifteen albums as the bandleader of Duke Tumatoe & The All-Star Frogs and Duke Tumatoe & The Power Trio. His 1988 live album I Like My Job was produced by John Fogerty. He typically plays more than 100 dates per year.

Duke Tumatoe was born in June 1947 in Chicago. His father was a first-generation Italian whose family hailed from San Bonifacio, Italy, a northern Italian town outside Verona. He grew up in Beverly, a neighborhood on the Southwest side of Chicago.

The South Side of Chicago was also the birthplace of urban, electric blues, which was a huge influence on Tumatoe. As a teen, he often visited the legendary market at Maxwell Street to hear live blues. He says, “I first saw Muddy Waters when I was 13. We were hearing that stuff all the time and just assumed everybody was, too. I knew all the old guys, and I'd see them every day. I can't believe I took that for granted."

In 1967, while living in Champaign, Illinois, Tumatoe was an original member of early REO Speedwagon, alongside Neal Doughty and Alan Gratzer. The band started as a soul band, inspired by Otis Redding, Sam and Dave and The Doors. In 1969, the band decided to take a more straightforward rock and roll approach, so Tumatoe, who wanted to play blues music, left the group to pursue his own musical endeavors. Tumatoe says, "It became more and more obvious that we weren't meant to play together...They're really hard-working people. I have nothing but good things to say about them."

In 1983, Tumatoe disbanded The All-Star Frogs. He had moved to Indianapolis and was looking to form a group closer to his new home. The new group consisted of guitar, bass, drums and keys, though certain lineup changes featured two guitarists and no keys. The Power Trio performed an average of 200 dates per year. They have released twelve albums to date.

Patrick Recob & The Perpetual Luau All-Stars

Hailing from the Kansas City area, Patrick Recob has spent the past twenty-five years honing his craft as a bassist, and is an alumni of the Gary Primich Band of the 1990s, Lee McBee in the 2000s, and a stellar list of who’s who of national act artists such as James Harman, RJ Mischo, Adrianna Marie & her Groovecutters, Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King to name a select few. Sharing the stage with many well known blues artists on high profile events around the United States, he has also toured Europe with The Gary Primich Band in 1995 and Mike Morgan & The Crawl featuring Lee McBee in 2007. Recob remains active touring as a sideman and is an especially strong fixture on the Midwest scene. He fronts the Confessors, Lee McBee’s former backup band, Sunday nights as the house band at BB’s Lawnside BBQ in Kansas City; a residency the band has had for 18 years.

Recob has recorded two acclaimed albums with Steve Gerard & The National Debonaires, and two albums with Michigan native Hank Mowery. The first recording with Mowery, ACCOUNT TO ME won the 2014 Blues Foundation International Blues Challenge for Best Self Produced CD. He also appeared on the Delta Groove Recording ROAD DOG’S LIFE by Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King in 2012.

His songwriting talents came to the forefront while on tour as bassist for the James Harman Band during his Midwest summer tour in 2016. Harman insisted he record and produce Recob’s debut album which manifested into PERPETUAL LUAU. Released in May 2017 on Recob’s Mr. Lucky’s Blues Recording Co., it gained recognition and was a critically acclaimed release making a number of esteemed Best of 2017 list compilations, including landing at #80 on the RMR Contemporary Blues Top 200 for 2017.

So now that Patrick Recob’s entrance as a solo artist has been affirmed, he gears up to take PERPETUAL LUAU on the road in 2019 to showcase his blues for the new millennium.

Dust Devil Choir

Dust Devil Choir are purveyors of American Music at it's finest. With musicians as seasoned as Kansas City BBQ, they infuse roots music with “guitarmonies” and swagger for a result that isn't entirely blues, isn't exactly country, but is all American rock and roll. If your jaw doesn't end up on the floor, you're not listening to this band.

And a Special Mystery Guest Band

Ryan L. Marcotte
Assistant Director, Parks & Recreation
The City of Kearney

100 E. Washington
P.O. Box 797
Kearney, Mo. 64060

816-903-4730 (office)
816-903-4747 (fax)


Eric Marshall
Director, Parks & Recreation

Directions from Kansas City, Missouri:

  • Take I-35 N towards Des Moines
  • Take the MO-92 exit (6th street), EXIT 26, Turn Right onto MO-92
  • Follow MO-92 (6th Street) to Jefferson, Turn Left
  • Take Jefferson N through town to Jesse James Park (~ 2-3 miles)

Directions from St. Joseph, Missouri:

  • Take I-229 S to I-29 S
  • Continue to the MO-92 exit, EXIT 18, toward Smithville Lake (~25 Miles)
  • Turn Left onto MO-92, continue on until Jefferson St in Kearney (~23 Miles),
  • Turn Left
  • Take Jefferson N through town to Jesse James Park (~ 2-3 miles)
Click here for a Google Map

Children 10 and under are free, unless otherwise noted

*Gates open 1 hour before each event

Blankets & Lawn Chairs are suggested.

Be courteous, kind, and helpful to your fellow festival goers.

Kearney Amphitheater Rules:
  1. No Tents (Pop-up or otherwise)
  2. No Outside Food/Drink or Coolers
  3. No Pets in Amphitheater Area
  4. No Fireworks at Any Time
  5. Non-Alcoholic Tailgating Only
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12th Annual Kearney Blues Festival