Thursday, April 14, 2011

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 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 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 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
Hot Notes
Keep your eyes on for a very exciting May 
concert announcement.
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
Tuesday, April 19, Kris Lager Band is featured all evening at Slowdown.

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