Mama’s Worry

Local musicians Jeff Welter and Mel Wild, having just returned home from living in Austin, Texas, formed Mama’s Worry in the summer of 1978 and their first gig was the River Queen Bar in Mc- Gregor, Iowa (now Josie’s River Queen). Mel says he got the name from a club he played by the same name in Beaumont, Texas. Mama’s Worry played their upper Mississippi River brand of good rockin’ rhythm and blues through out the Midwest, including appearing at the first three Prairie Dog Blues Fests. In 1999, Mama’s Worry released their CD titled, “Good Rockin’ Blues Tonight” featuring all original music by the group. For most of Mama’s Worry’s history the band consisted of all local musicians: Jeff Welter (lead vocals, guitar, harmonica), Mel Wild (lead vocals, lead guitar), Bill Obmascher (bass, vocals), Mike Kricke (drums), and Randy Lucas (sax, vocals). Today, Jeff and Mel continue playing as Mama’s Worry and the other fellas join in occasionally. Joining Jeff and Mel for the Prairie Dog Blues Fest this year will be Richard Palucci (saxophone, keyboard), Kendall Techau (bass, vocals), and Tim Wilson (drums). This year marks the 40th anniversary for Mama’s Worry, and you can still hear their soulful sets as they perform for special events in the area.

2018 Blues Fest Line-Up

Friday, July 27th

5:00pm Kevin Burt (2018 IBC Winner)

7:00pm Altered Five Blues Band


9:00pm Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal


11:00pm Samantha Fish


Friday Beer Tent Paul DesLauriers Band

Saturday, July 28th

12:30pm Mama’s Worry


2:30pm John Primer

4:30pm Corey Dennison Band


6:30pm Scottie Miller Band


8:30pm Dana Fuchs


10:30pm Terry Quiett Band


Saturday Beer Tent Kris Lager Band

Famous Prairie Dog Beer Girls


At the Prairie Dog Fest, you don't have to get out of your chair for a beer. These friendly, beautiful ladies will fetch 'em for ya!

Past Blues Fest Photos

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All Kinds of Blues!

Dana Fuchs

A part of the great variety of blues music you will hear at the Prairie Dog Blues Festival.
Kevin Burt at IBC Finals