Friday, November 28, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
The Sunday Roadhouse presents a return visit from James McMurtry Sunday, Nov. 16, 5 p.m. at The Waiting Room.
Blues In The Afternoon Celebrates 20 Years
A belated congratulations to Mike Jacobs who Monday, Oct. 6, celebrated 20 years of hosting his Monday “Blues in the Afternoon” program on KIOS, 91.5 FM. Jacobs has been Music Director at KIOS since 2002. “Blues in the Afternoon” can be heard Mondays 1-3 p.m. See kios.org.
The 21st Saloon presents Bernard Allison Thursday, Oct. 16, 6-9 p.m. Allison is the son of late guitar great and longtime local favorite Luther Allison. Guitar star Bobby Messano, an eight-time Grammy nominee and former musical director for Steve Winwood, plays Thursday, Oct. 23, 6-9 p.m.
Lincoln’s Zoo Bar has the honky-tonk and Bakersfield country of The Derailers on tap next Wednesday, Oct. 22, 6-9 p.m. See derailers.com.
Josh Hoyer’s Sons of 76 play The Zoo Thursday, Oct. 16, 6-9 p.m. The jumpin’ sounds of the Honeyboy Turner Band are up Friday, Oct. 17, 5-7 p.m. and The Tijuana Gigolos play a special show Saturday, Oct. 18, 4-6 p.m., at the Zoo.
Local singer-songwriter Mitch Gettman has a CD release event at The Reverb Lounge Friday, Oct. 17, 9 p.m. Brad Hoshaw & The Seven Deadlies also perform. See mitchgettman.bandcamp.com.
Honeyboy Turner Band gigs at Havana Garage Saturday, Oct. 18, 9 p.m.
McKenna’s auction is Sunday, Oct. 19, 11 a.m., at the restaurant. See theauctionmill.com for details.
Monday, August 25, 2014
Friday, July 18, 2014
Friday night Jackie Allen also has a CD release party at The Side Door Lounge (jazz www.jackieallen.com)
The AMAZING ERIC TAYLOR is at Jerome Brich's Folkhouse Concert Series Saturday night. 7:30 start $20 suggested donation. Storyteller, emotion-weaver, wonderful guitarist... spellbinding.
For more on Eric Taylor see bluerubymusic.com. RSVP at folkhouseconcerts.com.
Samantha Fish impressed the hell out of me at her last performance here. She plays The Hive Saturday night, 9 p.m.
McKenna's has some BluesEd bands featured tonight and blues-rocker Scott Elison Saturday night.
The Nebraska Folk & Roots Festival is going on in the Railyard in Lincoln tonight and Saturday night. See https://www.facebook.com/nebraskafolkandroots
For more on Eric Taylor see bluerubymusic.com
RSVP at folkhouseconcerts.com
Eric's song for his friend Bill Morrissey
If you looked at the profit-loss columns for any local roots music venue you would probably see more nights when the bar takes a loss on bringing in music.
And if you are a musician you are likely struggling even more. A good band has probably gotten regional gigs by having a booking agent, maybe a manager and probably a publicist. All those professionals add to the band’s potential success, but they also get cost money. If the band is on a recognizable label, the label provides support and distribution, but the label also takes a cut.
Music Needs You
So, if you are a fan of live music make a commitment to up your game a little, go to a couple more shows than you might originally have planned. One local fan I know will stop at a venue and give them cover charge money even when he can’t attend.
The Zoo has had some pretty thin weeknight attendance lately, even though many shows start at 6 p.m. In Omaha, McKenna’s has tried hard to add more regional touring bands and struggled to get any audience support. Venue 51 has closed its doors after trying to operate as a music venue and bar.
Your support matters, more than you may realize.
Venue 51 reopens for one last show Friday, July 18, featuring Nashville’s self-proclaimed folk-crooner Melissa Greener plus Michael Campbell, Pat Gehrman, Logan Krug and Scott Severin. Cover is $5. See melissagreener.com.
Eric Taylor is a stellar songwriter, storyteller and musician who was part of the Houston scene with artists like Townes Van Zandt. Taylor continues to collaborate with longtime friends like Lyle Lovett. Taylor plays Jerome Brich’s FolkHouse series Saturday, July 19. See bluerubymusic.com. RSVP at folkhouseconcerts.com.
Samantha Fish’s powerful, guitar-driven blues is at The Hive Saturday, July 19, 9 p.m.
Blues-rocker Scott Ellison is scheduled at McKenna’s Saturday, July 19, 8 p.m.
K.C.’s Nace Brothers hit The 21st Saloon Thursday, July 17, 6 p.m
Sunday, July 13, 2014
ZOO FEST PHOTOS FROM SATURDAY by B.J. Huchtemann
ZOO FEST PHOTOS FROM FRIDAY by B.J. Huchtemann
and please take a look at this great little documentary about the history of the Zoo Bar by Lincoln filmmaker Dave Pittock.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Shawn Holt & Josh Hoyer Nominated in Blues Blast Music Awards, Mat D & HOLYOKE, Doug Deming, Dennis Gruenling & The Jewel Tones at the Zoo Bar July 1!
Last week there was more good news for Shawn (aka Lil' Slim) and for Lincoln musician Josh Hoyer:
Josh Hoyer and Shawn Holt with Levi William are among the nominees for BEST NEW ARTIST DEBUT in Blues Blast Magazine's Music Awards.
Shawn Holt was also nominated for the very prestigious SEAN COSTELLO RISING STAR AWARD. www.bluesblastmagazine.com/2014-blues-blast-music-awards-nominees-announced
Very proud of those guys!
AND Saturday night Mat D & The Profane Saints from Sioux City knocked me out at Barley Street in Benson on a double bill with Omaha's own hard-charging Filter Kings.
Mat D & The Profane Saints are ones to watch. They are on the mainstage at Sioux City's Saturday in the Park event this year.
You can listen to their CD Holyoke on their web page and read about them -- it's Country-Americana-folk and the band is very rockin'!
Frontman Mat deRiso has stage presence and charisma, great songs and a fine band that is playing at a national level. Very danceable stuff that I think you'll dig if you like artists like Jason and the Scorchers, The Bottlerockets, Steve Earle, James McMurtry....... rockin', rollin', strippers, sin, saints, salvation, drinkin' -- all the time-honored honky-tonk topics brought to a sizzle!
Have a listen to Holyoke at www.matdandtheprofanesaints.com
Photo: B.J. Huchtemann
And Doug, Dennis and the boys gettin' it done at Little Lou's BBQ in April.
Zoo Bar Show poster at the bottom of the page. (below)
Monday, May 26, 2014
Common Ground....Dave & Phil's latest record together and a tribute to the songs of Bill Broonzy...drops June 3....at the link see more info including articles & photos of Dave & Phil getting the chance to play Bill's guitar at Old Town School of Folk in Chicago last month... http://davealvin.net/news.html
"All By Myself" - Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin: http://youtu.be/Qip2RukZdCE