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
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
This week's column isn't online at The Reader yet, so shhhhh....sneak preview here.Don't forget The legendary Cate Brothers at The 21st Saloon Thursday, May 22, 6-9 p.m.
Billy Bacon in Lincoln this weekend with the Tijuana Gigolos = Billy Bacon & The Pigolos!
Hayes Carll plays Sunday Roadhouse at The Waiting Room Sunday night, 5 p.m.
Cate Brothers, Hayes Carll, Nikki Hill
Hayes Carll at Sunday Roadhouse
The Sunday Roadhouse presents Hayes Carll Sunday, May 25, 5 p.m. at The Waiting Room. The Austin-based Carll is a national and local favorite. He puts on a fine, entertaining Americana-roots-country-folk show. He has an earnest, romantic, poetic and no-bull persona that attracts a variety of listeners. See sundayroadhouse.com.
Lincoln Americana act Jack Hotel has a CD release party Friday, May 23, 9 p.m. Evan Bartels & the Stoney Lonesomes and The Wondermonds also perform. The disc Good Sons and Daughters was recorded live at Fuse Recording Studios in Lincoln and is being released on Lincoln’s Sower Records label. Jack Hotel is Günter Voelker (Ember Schrag) on guitar/vocals, Joe Salvati (Kill County) on dobro/steel guitars, Josh Rector (Emmett Bower Band) on violin, and Marty Steinhausen (Tijuana Gigolos) on upright bass. See jackhotelband.com.
Chicago jump-blues guitarist Rockin’ Johnny Burgin plays with Honeyboy Turner Band at McKenna’s Friday, May 23, 8-9:30 p.m. Billy Bacon plays with Tijuana Gigolos at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Thursday, May 22, 6 p.m. and Friday, May 23, 5-7 p.m. Next Wednesday, May 28, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials play 6-9 p.m. followed by amazing rockabilly artists Nikki Hill Band after 9:30 p.m. The 21st Saloon hosts Nikki Hill Band, Mezcal Brothers and Scott Keeton next Thursday, May 29, 6-9 p.m.
Friday, May 9, 2014
Facebook Repost from Shawn Holt:
"Hey Nebraska we won our first WC Handy Award!!!! We have one more stop in St Louis and then we are bring'n' it home!!
We couldn't have done it without YOU! Thank you again for all of your support! It is much appreciated!"
Here's a list of all last night's winners!