Big Muddy Blues Festival St. Louis Post-Dispatch Review
Big Muddy Festival finds the formula for success

This story was published in Metro on Monday, September 2, 2002. By Michael Kuelker Special To The Post-Dispatch

This is the Big Muddy blues cocktail: big doses of St. Louis blues talent with a few name brand toppings for no admission charge. The formula is potent and popular.

This year's slate of the Big Muddy Blues Festival, held every Labor Day weekend, boasts 40 acts on five stages over three days on Laclede's Landing. Estimates of Saturday's crowd size were hard to come by, but if the thronged and merry cobblestone streets were any reliable indicator, not to mention the long lines for beers, brats and bathrooms, the festival should remain entrenched in the calendar.

Among the many highlights in the galvanizing set by the Rich McDonough Band, which performed at the Regional Arts Commission stage, was the quartet's original instrumental "A Minor Thing," a showcase for masterful guitar soloing by McDonough over a smoky, simmering groove laid by bassist Craig Thornton, drummer Marty Spikener and keyboardist Matt Murdick.

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