Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat shakin' on down

Looking forward to Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat hitting Lincoln's Zoo Bar on Wednesday and the 21st Saloon on Thursday. Both shows 6-9 p.m. Touring in support of Jim's February-released new CD Panther Burn!
Here's the title cut!

The current Reader column...

Jim Suhler ---- Panther

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

JD McPherson tonight at Lincoln's Bourbon Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

...looking forward to JD MCPHERSON at Lincoln's Bourbon Theatre TONIGHT -  Wednesday, April 16! Here's a set from SXSW a couple years ago to whet your rockabilly, vintage R&B appetites… Bourbon website at says 7:30 start time. Get downtown early and catch Honeyboy Turner Band starting at 6 pm at the Zoo Bar.
Lincoln's Bourbon Theatre
Wednesday, April 16th
w/ The Cactus Blossoms, Jack Hotel
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 7:30 p.m.
$10: Advance || $15: Day of Show

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Gorillas, McPherson, Whitmore

Mark your calendars now, Curtis Salgado is on the schedule for Lincoln's Zoo Bar Wednesday, Aug. 6, 6-9 p.m.
Dennis Gruenling, Doug Deming and The Jewel Tones have been playing some great gigs in SoCal this past week. They even had Rick Estrin and Little Charlie come out to their Tuesday night gig and sit in. 
Little Charlie raved about the band in a Facebook post, writing in part 
Tonight I was absolutely blown away by Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones featuring Dennis Gruenling. I had seen Doug and Dennis separately, but never together, and their act is full of energy, lots of great tunes and nice arrangements, and everyone in the band obviously loves what they do. 
Pretty cool stuff. Hopefully Dennis, Doug & the boys will be back in the Omaha area in late summer. Meanwhile at the top of the page are a couple tastes of what these cats can do! There's a great 20 minute excerpt from one of their sets here
And here's another great link. Check out this session with Davina & The Vagabonds, brand new! 
Reader HOODOO column for April 10, 2014:
Gorillas, McPherson, Whitmore

The 21st Saloon celebrates the return of the Gas House Gorillas Thursday, April 10, 6-9 p.m. The Brooklyn-based band calls their entertaining sound and style “punk Americana.” Rockabilly Magazine writes of the group, “This is what a popular culture roadmap might sound like. Find the jump-blues freeway, cut down the swing off-ramp, follow the rock 'n' roll backload and keep that radio at top volume, brother, every mile.” See

The 21st Saloon, 96th & L, hosts Texas guitarist 
Hamilton Loomis for a special show Saturday, April 12, at The 21st, 6-9 p.m. See
Coming in the Thursday blues early shows is the always marvelous band
The Bel Airs, who bring their Delta blues, vintage R&B, rock and New Orleans sounds to town April 17. Stellar Texas Jim Suhler is back Thursday, April 24 with his band Monkey Beat. He’s touring in support of his excellent new CD Panther Burn (Underworld Records). See Suhler will also be at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Wednesday, April 23, 6-9 p.m.

Thursday, May 15, The 21st hosts an indoor-outdoor show featuring the wonderful 
Sue Foley & Peter Karp and their band. Foley has been a force on the blues scene for a number of years and her collaboration with Peter Karp has resulted in two excellent CDs on the Blind Pig label. See
There will also be a cool rockabilly night at The 21st May 29 with the amazing 
Nikki Hill, Scott Keeton Band and The Mezcal Brothers.
J.D. McPherson
Old-school rockabilly and R&B artist 
J.D. McPherson is a must-see for roots fans. He gigs at Lincoln’s Bourbon Theatre Wednesday, April 16, withThe Cactus Blossoms and Jack Hotel. McPherson’s band includesJimmy Sutton, the award-winning bassist who has been known for his work with The Four Charms and as a co-founder of The Mighty Blue Kings. See and
Hot Notes
Joe Bonamassa plays the Music Hall Friday, April 11, 8 p.m. See There’s a free pre-party at Venue 51 with Kansas City’sBrandon Miller Band beginning at 5 p.m.BluesEd, the youth performance organization sponsored in part by the Blues Society of Omaha, has a showcase at McKenna’s Saturday, April 12, 1:30-7 p.m. featuring five youth bands. See
Fine musicianship marks the genre-crossing music of 
Euforquestra, at Slowdown Thursday, April 10, 9 p.m. Americana songwriter William Elliott Whitmore plays the Waiting Room Saturday, April 12, 9 p.m.Honeyboy Turner Band hits Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Wednesday, April 16, 6 p.m.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Studebaker John (for real), Damon Fowler, Gas House Gorillas, Zoo Bar, Reverend Horton Heat, J.D. McPherson

Hey Dear Blog Visitors, are you feeling neglected? Well here's a little something, for some reason, today's column is not showing up in the Reader online, so here's the text for April 3. Note that Damon Fowler is at The 21st Saloon tonight and Studebaker John at McKenna's Friday night at 8. Sounds like Steve Byam's 40SINNERS will start things off at 7 at McKenna's Friday.  I will try to get back here more often! Meanwhile, thanks for reading me, wherever you read me!

Column here, eventually... and in the print edition of The Reader every week!

Studebaker John (for real), Damon Fowler, Gas House Gorillas, Zoo Bar, Reverend  Horton Heat, J.D.  McPherson (whew, that's a great list). Hoodoo for Thursday, April 3, 2014.

Studebaker John will actually be at McKenna’s this Friday, April 4, 8 p.m. Last week's column contained an error from incorrect information I had on the date. So, you still have a chance to see Chicago’s Studebaker John, who is an accomplished blues guitarist, singer-songwriter and harmonica player. His gritty style and uniquely gear-grinding guitar sound is steeped in the traditional electrified blues traditions of Chicago’s blues clubs and Maxwell Street market where electric blues was born and forged. His sound is fueled by influences like J.B. Hutto, Elmore James, Hound Dog Taylor and Little Walter and Big Walter. Inspired by Hound Dog, John’s slide guitar work is wicked. See

21st Saloon Thursdays
Damon Fowler is up at The 21st Saloon Thursday, April 3, 6-9 p.m. The Florida-based guitarist has been seen previously at The 21st as part of the band Southern Hospitality where he shares the frontman duties with J.P. Soars and Victor Wainwright. Fowler was the 2009 winner of the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge and also won the Albert King Award recognizing the best guitarist in the competition. Fowler has also received honors in Creative Loafing magazine’s “Best of Tampa” poll, naming him Best Guitarist, Slide Guitarist, Lap Steel Player and Dobro Player. See

Up next Thursday, April 10, at The 21st Saloon is New York City’s Gas House Gorillas, with their mix of rockabilly, swing and jump music. One reviewer proclaimed the band is “a punked-up and energized controlled catastrophe in the spirit of Louis Jordan wielding a chainsaw. The mostly original material was augmented with detours to New Orleans and rocked-up and -out nods to Cheap Trick and The Ramones.” See

Zoo Bar Blues
Zoo Bar shows coming up include Charlie Burton Thursday, April 3, 6-9 p.m., Mezcal Brothers Friday, April 4, 5-7 p.m. and The Bel Airs Friday, April 4, after 9 p.m. and Saturday, April 5, 6-9 p.m. Acclaimed blues guitarist Jimmy Thackery hits The Zoo Wednesday, April 9, 6-9 p.m.

Hot Notes
It’s a killer triple bill when contemporary rockabilly legend the Reverend Horton Heat rocks Lincoln’s Bourbon Theatre Wednesday, April 9, with The Nekromantix and roots guitar star Deke Dickerson.
Coming up the following Wednesday April 16, The Bourbon also hosts the return of the marvelous vintage rhythm & blues and rockabilly of J.D. McPherson featuring Chicago's Jimmy Sutton of The Four Charms on bass. Also on the bill are The Cactus Blossoms and Jack Hotel. See
Hoodoo Blog Web Exclusive  

Hoodoo favorite Sax Gordon Beadle is posting great updates from his current European tour where he and Lluis Coloma are having CD release events for their jazz disc

This week they are in Madrid at Cafe Central. Here's a taste.

And at THIS link, which I can't load as a video clip there is a great professionally produced video of some of the goings on over there, recorded Monday night at the opening of their week-long run! Sax Gordon y Lluís Coloma en el Café Central March 31, 2014

And my pals Dennis Gruenling, Doug Deming and the  Jewel Tones are headed for the Los Angeles area by way of El Paso and The Rhythm Room in Phoenix, so if you know anyone out there, spread the word, this band cooks!