Mark your calendars for premier music festival in Newton

Kansas’s best when it comes to Blues, Brews and Barbecue will come to Newton on Saturday, Oct. 7, so mark your calendars.

Newton Now would like to publicly announce its inaugural Blues, Brews and Barbecue outdoor music festival that will fill Athletic Park with award-winning blues acts, Kansas craft beers and a barbecue/food truck rally.

The event will open at 3 p.m. and carry on well into the night.

The festival will be headlined by Moreland and Arbuckle, a blues and rock band with Kansas roots whose current album, “Promise Land or Bust” is up for album of the year by the American Blues Foundation.

USA Today described the Album’s sound as “Raw, dirty, primal and infectious…sizzling guitar, sturdy vocals and rude harmonica.”

The group, back from a European tour, will travel through the country before coming to Newton to perform starting at 7 p.m.

“The first time I heard the group, they blew my mind,” event organizer and Newton Now Publisher Joey Young said.

Young, a blues enthusiast has been a long-time fan of the group.

“They sound great live. They put on a blast of a show,” he said. “They come highly reviewed, and we wanted to bring a premier blues bands to Newton, Kansas. We thought they fit that bill. They were our first choice, and we were thrilled they agreed to come out.”

Opening the concert will be Amanda Fish, an award-winning artist in her own right, who is become an up-and-coming figure in the Blues world following a strong performance at the International Blues Challenge in Nashville.

Fish is a regular in the Kansas City Blues scene, regularly playing gigs at the well-respected Knucklehead Blues Bar and performing with artists such as Anthony Gomes.

Fish comes from a talented family and is sister to Samantha Fish, also a touring artist.

Amanda brings a chunk of soul and a good bit of funk to the experience, which should be good to get the crowd warmed up and moving.

Along with blues rocking into the afternoon and then the evening, there will be a large selection of local craft brewers at the festival, selling their beers and letting event goers taste some of the best brews coming out of this section of the country.

Local brews from Walnut River, Wichita Brewing Company, Three Rings and Salt City will be on tap, with more to be announced later. There’s the possibility of local brewers attending to pass out samples as well, yet that has not been worked out.

And, finally, no rally would be complete without food, and food trucks as well as local barbecue vendors plan to set up in the park. Names of those participating will be announced in the near future.

To help kick off the concert as well as generate some buzz and excitement, there will be a kick off party/concert on Saturday, June 3, in downtown Newton by The Old No. 5’s. The band plays “Powerhouse Blues” and “Old Gnarly Roots.” The concert will be free, and peoples should keep checking Newton Now for more details as they are released.