Blues Challenge, Rockabilly Night & More by B.J. Huchtemann The Blues Society of Omaha’s Nebraska Blues Challenge
concluded the first round of the local showcase on Sunday,
April 10. Judges were local musicians Matt Amandus, Seth
Ondracek and Greg Jones, musician and part-owner of the
Barley Street Tavern. The Brad Cordle Band received the
most votes from the judges and will advance to the finals,
which will be held May 15 at The 21st Saloon.
Check omahablues.com for details. The Nebraska Blues Challenge continues this Sunday, April 17,
at the Zoo Bar with an evening round of Lincoln bands.
Due to a scheduling conflict at the Zoo,the NBC will not
start until 7 p.m. Four bands entered from Lincoln. A $5
admission fee will go towards assisting with expenses for
the NBC, which will send one band to represent the Blues
Society of Omaha in the International Blues Challenge in
Memphis in February 2011. The IBC is hosted each year by
the national Blues Foundation and is a great springboard
for up-and-coming bands to be seen and heard by people
on the national blues scene. See blues.org for more details.
This is the Blues Society of Omaha's first effort at participating
in this event, with goals of further building our blues community
and supporting local bands. Performing at the Lincoln event will be the Blues Orchestra (7 p.m.),
The Sons of 76 (8 p.m.), The Lil’ Slim Blues Band (9 p.m.) and
Levi William (10 p.m.) There will be one more preliminary round on
May 1 at The Waiting Room and winners from the preliminary
rounds will perform again for the judges in the finals on May 15
at The 21st Saloon. 21st Saloon Blues Nick Moss & The Flip Tops play the 5:30 blues matinee at the 21st
Saloon on Thursdsay, April 14. The 21st hosts a special show next
Wednesday, April 20, when guitarist Mike Zito plugs in.
Blues-rocker Chris Duarte plays on Thursday, April 28 Rockabilly A-Go-Go Omaha Rockabilly Night #4 happens Thursday, April 14, after 8 p.m.
This is a free 21 and over show at Gator O’Malley’s featuring Cat
Club from Spain and The Afterdarks from Iowa. Join the Omaha
Rockabilly group on Facebook to stay up to date on these events.
Also check out The Sandbox at 2406 Leavenworth on Saturday,
April 16, at 9 p.m. for three hot rockabilly bands including Reckless
Ones from Minneapolis, Th’ Empires from Indiana and The Blacktop
Ramblers from Omaha. This is an all-ages show. Curtis Salgado in Lincoln
Tickets are on sale now at etix.com for soul great Curtis Salgado at
Lincoln’s Bourbon Theatre on Saturday, May 14. Brad Cordle Band
opens. As many folks know, Salgado received a life-saving liver
transplant in Omaha in 2006 and has gone on to make more great
music. It's always a treat to have him back in the area.
Here's a link to a 2001 interview I did with Salgado for BLUES ACCESS
magazine that includes lots of great history and background on the
award-winning soul-blues man who inspired John Belushi's BLUES
BROTHERS character. Check out the article at
Keep your eyes on SundayRoadhouse.com for a very exciting May
Travelling Mercies has just released a new disc called Ghosts in the
Bloodline. Catch the band at Barley Street Tavern on Saturday,
April 16, and get a copy of this vibey mix of electric troubadour
gypsy folk that rocks. You can also find Travelling Mercies new
music at CDBaby.com.
Tuesday, April 19, Kris Lager Band is featured all evening at Slowdown.