Swing & Soul
CORRECTION TO WHAT APPEARS IN THE PRINT ISSUE OF THE READER: The Lionel Young Band plays on Thursday, Sept. 22, NOT on Sept. 15 as I originally wrote. My apologies for the error. 2011 International Blues Challenge winner the Lionel Young Band plays a show at Gator O'Malley's on Thursday, Sept. 22, after 9 p.m. The Denver-based band has won Best Blues Band in weekly paper Westword's Best of Denver Awards. Young is a classically-trained violinist who has also performed with the Denver Chamber Orchestra. Visit lionelyoung.net.
Meanwhile, the ninth annual Cowtown Jamborama kicks off with up-and-coming Minneapolis band Davina & The Vagabonds. They have become favorites of the blues crowd with their infectious mix of jump-blues, New Orleans jazz and swing, featuring Davina's versatile vocals, keyboard riffs and a horn section. Their new CD, Black Cloud, has received great reviews around the country. Elmore magazine calls Davina "a modern-day female version of Louis Armstrong," adding, "This is killer stuff, played with aplomb, humor, grace and passion." Davina & The Vagabonds performs at the Eagles Club ballroom, 24th & Douglas, at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15.
The Jamborama weekend includes a Saturday show by Meschiya Lake & the Lil' Big Horns. Lake was honored in the Big Easy Awards as Female Performer of the Year. There is late-night music Friday and Saturday. Other bands include The Careless Lovers and The Grand Marquis. Swing dance sessions from beginning to advanced are offered during the day. See jamborama.com for all the details.
Guitar star Jimmy Thackery plugs in at Lincoln's Zoo Bar on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Thackery gigs at The 21st Saloon on Thursday, Sept. 22, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Jon Dee Graham Interview
Thanks to Rick Galusha for letting me hijack a segment of Pacific Street Blues on 89.7 The River. I chatted with Austin legend Jon Dee Graham prior to his local shows. The interview will air on Galusha's Sept 18 radio show. Until then, you can hear our conversation at kiwrblues.podomatic.com/entry/2011-09-10T07_25_04-07_00.
Graham plays the Zoo on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 10 p.m. with Sons of 76. He returns to the Sunday Roadhouse on Sept. 25, 5 p.m., at The Side Door Lounge, 35th Ave. & Leavenworth. See sundayroadhouse.com.
Omaha blues-rockers Matt Gagne & The Blues Experience are at McKenna's on Saturday, Sept. 17.
The Zoo Bar became a riverside attraction for a while on Wednesday evening, Sept. 14, when a water main brake turned 14th Street into a small stream. The Zoo had to close after the early show Wednesday and suffered some water in the basement. The next door neighbor, the Hitchin' Post & Wooden Nickel, apparently received more damage. At last report the Zoo had reopened at its usual time on Thursday and was using donated fans and dehumidifers to get things dried up. Check facebook.com/zoobarblues for a short video of the water filling up the street early Wednesday evening. I'm very glad the Zoo didn't suffer any more serious damage. Read more details at blog.zoobar.com/.