Remember when you were little and you’d eat all the marshmallows vowels out of your bowl of Alpha-Bits cereal, leaving only the soggy, buoyant consonants bobbing in the discolored milk? The leftover letters would group together to form unpronounceable, nonsensical words and sentences.

Half the fun of eating it was making sense of your meal. Sometimes though, a stray marshmallow or two would float up from the depths of your bowl and a readable message would appear in the sugary white pond. This is what seeing Bob Bucko Jr. is like.

Having confused and elated experimental heads and zoners alike with his constant touring across the country, his shifting live sets often meld buzzing drone, broken blues, pedal slapping freak outs, processed and unprocessed vocal ballads, and saxophone experimentation.

Whether solo, in collaboration, or while running his own DIY imprint, Personal Archives, Mr. Bucko is the real deal, always searching for the next sound to keep the day going. His set for this year’s GDP festival is sure to be unpredictable and certainly not to be missed. Bring your spoons.

– By Nick Williams of DSM Shows

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See Bob Bucko Jr. at Gross Domestic Product on Saturday, May 28 at The Blazing Saddle (416 E. 5th) at 8:15pm. Click here to purchase advance discount tickets.

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GDP is organized by the nonprofit the Greater Des Moines Music Coalition (DMMC). Gross Domestic Product 2016 is made possible with the support of Traveler Beer CompanyTallgrass Brewing CompanyGreater Des Moines PartnershipBravo Greater Des MoinesGuitar CenterHy-VeeThe Blazing SaddleSaturday Mfg.VolunteerLocalWooly’sDSM Shows, and KFMG 98.9 FM.


Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is an all Iowa music festival held every spring, featuring musical artists from Greater Des Moines and the rest of Iowa. The 11th annual Gross Domestic Product will take place on May 28th, 2016 at venues around the East Village in Des Moines, Iowa! See the full line-up and details here. Gross Domestic Product highlights some of the original songwriters, performers, and recording artists in our community who make Iowa proud! GDP focuses primarily on young, new artists, those who are taking their first steps into creative self-expression through music and doing so in a positive, collaborative way. Each year we highlight a selection of new artists that our community has to offer, along with a few established groups that have had success building careers while living and working in the state we call home.

Established in spring 2006, GDP has featured over 100 musical acts, including House of Large Sizes, The Envy Corps, The Poison Control Center, Christopher the Conquered, Mumford’s, Facecage, and many more.

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