Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Hoodoo Extras & Video Selects: Zoo Fest, Walter Trout at Hullabaloo, Curtis Salgado's surgery, Kris Lager Band with Tab Benoit and Jammin' at The Hive

Well, the new column is online at The Reader and here is this week's new blog with some bonus features.
Zoo Fest, the Zoo Bar's 39th Anniversary Street Fest, was a blast, showcasing old favorites and some new-to-the-Zoo acts.

Here's a great time-lapse video created by Zach Blume with help from Brent O'Neill showing the Zoo Street Fest from set-up through the whole weekend to the tear-down. It was great to see Candye Kane performing again only 2 months into her recovery after her latest surgery for pancreatic cancer, accompanied by her great band including the amazing and soulful Laura Chavez on guitar. The virtuoso players of The New Orleans Suspects laid down a tight and funky set that took us to Louisiana, they were first-timers to the Zoo and the all-star band is eager to come back and play the club.

To learn more about Lincoln's historic Zoo Bar please check out the revamped history article I posted last year based on my previous coverage of the Zoo. The piece also includes some archival photos.

Update on Curtis Salgado's surgery, 7-19-12, Alligator Press Release says 

Award-winning soul blues singer/harmonica master Curtis Salgado underwent successful surgery on July 18 in Portland, Oregon, to remove a cancerous growth from his lung, according to his manager Shane Tappendorf.

Doctors removed the entire lower lobe of his left lung where a metastasized mass was found. Salgado will return home within a week, and will require a recovery time of up to four weeks. Doctors anticipate a complete recovery. Salgado had a similar mass removed from his lung in 2008.
Watch for further news updates at
Donations for Curtis' medical fund can be made here:

Curtis had to cancel about a month's worth of dates due to the recovery time, and the cancellations included Salgado's scheduled date at Hullabaloo Music & Camping Festival presented by Kris Lager Band. 

Blues-rock guitarist Walter Trout has been tapped to replace Salgado as the blues headliner on Sunday, Aug. 5 at Hullabaloo. For details including ticket info, see

As I mention in this week's column, the Tuesday Bluesday Jam at The Hive is happenin', with some of Omaha's best players turning out. The Tuesday Bluesday is anchored by Devon "Blind Dog" Fulton, Brad Cordle, Craig Balderston, Elwin Moseman and Gunnar Guenette.
Get hip and stop by on Tuesdays, there's music from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. and often later.

In Kris Lager Band news, here's a cool video clip, behind-the-scenes with KLB at Tab Benoit's studios in Louisiana, where they recorded with Tab in April. Benoit produced and mastered their new CD, which won't be released until after another disc that KLB already had in the can comes out. Videos courtesy of Kris Lager Band.

And here is a brand new video from the studio sessions, "Sunshine on the Bayou." Yes, that's producer Tab Benoit on drums!

Lastly, this came across Facebook today....The Bluesmasters with Mick Fleetwood and guests Friday, August 31, at Lincoln's Haymarket Park. 
Find all the info at 
which describes the event like this "Friday, August 31, 2012 @ 6 p.m. (Doors 5 p.m.)
Artists (in order of appearance)

Guests include Otis Taylor and Eric Gales

The Bluesmasters Concert is presented by Blues Events LLC in partnership with the University of Nebraska Alumni Association, its scholarship fund being the beneficiary, and The Lincoln Salt Dogs. The concert is in memory of Hubert Sumlin and Pinetop Perkins, both of whom are featured in a new album "The Bluesmasters: Vol 2," and a celebration of their influence on blues, rock and all music."

And, this is The Reader column for this week:

So Much Music
Jazz on the Green Thursday, July 19, presents the jump-blues, jazz and swing of San Francisco vocalist Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers at 7 p.m. This is a rare Nebraska appearance by retro chanteuse Smith.
The 21st Saloon has the Louisiana sounds and blues rhythms of Josh Garrett & The Bottomline Thursday, July 19, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Zoo Bar
Earl & Them,
featuring Earl Cate and “Baby Jason” Davis, plays 5-7 p.m. Friday, July 20 at the Zoo. After 9 p.m., Matt Cox opens for Lloyd McCarter & The Honky Tonk Revival’s CD release party.
Saturday, July 21, the legendary Phantom Blues Band plays 6-9 p.m. followed by the “psychedelic soul” of California band The Monophonics. Roots showman Webb Wilder returns Sunday, July 22, 6-9 p.m.
Salgado & Hullabaloo
Curtis Salgado
, originally scheduled at the Hullabaloo Music & Camping Festival on Aug. 5, is undergoing surgery July 18 in Portland, Ore., to remove a mass from his lung. See Salgado had to cancel a month of gigs. A new Hullabaloo headliner has been booked. Blues-rock guitar star Walter Trout performs August 5, see
Heartland Cafe
Elkhorn’s Heartland Cafe offers several big shows this week. Friday, July 20, 8 p.m., St. Louis guitarist Marquise Knox performs. Knox was mentored by the late Henry Townsend. See Saturday, July 21, 8 p.m., the great Bel Airs bring their boogie-blues and vintage rock to the Heartland Cafe. Next Wednesday, July 25, is a special 7 p.m. show by Phoenix’s The Sugar Thieves. Visit
Hot Notes
Playing With Fire
is back on the Lewis & Clark Landing Saturday, July 28. See details at
Brad Cordle Band
gigs at Gator O’Malley’s Friday, July 20, 9 p.m. See the Blues Society of Omaha’s calendar listings at
Sunday, July 22, 9 p.m., The Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band hits The Waiting Room. Peyton is a high-energy, skillful slide guitarist in the tradition of Charlie Patton and Mississippi John Hurt.
Stir Cove has several big shows this week including Gladys Knight July 21 and Grace Potter July 22. Check
Barley Street Tavern has intriguing shows coming up including Denver’s John Statz Friday, July 20, with Stonebelly. Statz’s latest CD was produced by roots icon Bo Ramsey. Several Minneapolis artists including haunting indie-folk artist Jenny Dalton play the Barley Tuesday, July 24.
Tuesdays 7-11 p.m. there is an excellent blues jam at The Hive, 1951 St. Mary’s Ave. Check

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