Did you get to see the luminous Blue Moon on Thursday and Friday night?
The images in this slide show get a big repetitious but here's a nice little homage to the blue moon featuring Chris Isaak crooning Elvis-style.
Remember soul-blues man extraordinare Curtis Salgado takes the stage at Lincoln's Zoo Bar this Tuesday, Sept. 4, 6-9 p.m. It's a don't-miss show from one of our favorites who is making a full recovery from surgery he had in July to remove a cancerous tumor from his lung. Remember that you can chip-in for Curtis' medical expenses at
Here are several cool clips of Curtis with his hometown big band, including horns and back-up singers...his band will be stripped down to the basics for the road but it is going to be great to have Curtis back on stage at the Zoo.
Next month, Curtis will be on the big stage at at The Slowdown for a special Playing With Fire fundraiser in a triple bill with another local favorite Tommy Castro as well as Joe Louis Walker. Tickets are $35 and go to benefit next summer's Playing With Fire show. To buy tickets online see etix.com and search for Playing With Fire.
Also in honor of the full moon...here's an old vintage video of Jon Dee Graham and Alejandro Escovedo in the True Believers, with Jon Dee singing his song "Lucky Moon." In the second video Jon Dee and Alejandro talk about how Jon Dee started singing his own songs in The Troobs and do a duo acoustic version of it.
Kris Lager Band has a CD release party coming up Sept. 14 in Lincoln at the Bourbon Theatre and Saturday, Sept. 15, at Perry's Place in Omaha. This is for the CD Swagadocious, recorded at Lucas Kellison's Lincoln studio. The disc features a guest appearance by Magic Slim. You can preview the CD at krislagerband.com.
The boys are going to keep us waiting a while for the disc they recorded with Tab Benoit in Tab's studios in Houma, La. That project has no release date yet, but here is a little video preview.
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Bluesmasters & Salgado
Salgado at Zoo Bar
Acclaimed soul-blues man Curtis Salgado hits Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Tuesday, Sept. 4, 6-9 p.m. Salgado is back on the road after recovering from a successful July surgery to remove a cancerous mass from his lung. Salgado’s April 2012 CD release, Soul Shot, (Alligator Records) is some of the best work of his career. The disc includes originals and choice covers like Salgado’s triumphant reading of O.V. Wright’s “Nobody But You” complete with horns and back-up singers. As a songwriter he puts a twist on the lost love song with the slow grooving co-write “She Didn’t Cut Me Loose (She Set Me Free).” Salgado is a two-time winner of the Blues Music Award for Soul-Blues Artist of the Year, most recently in May of this year. Salgado’s emotive, powerful vocals run the gamut from soul to gospel to gutbucket blues. He is a 20-year Hoodoo favorite whose live show is a must-see for roots music fans. See curtissalgado.com.
Other Zoo shows of note include popular Austin honky-tonkers The Derailers Saturday, Sept. 1, 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Blues guitarist Ana Popovic takes the stage Wednesday, Sept. 5, 6-9 p.m.
Catch Nashville’s Elizabeth Cook Thursday, Aug. 30, at Waiting Room.
Sugar Clay Winery in Thurman, Iowa, presents Blues in the Bluffs Sunday, Sept. 2. Music begins at 2 p.m. with Mojo Bag, Matt Cox Band, Elwin & The Way Outs and Texas blues artist Hamilton Loomis. See sugarclaywinery.com.
The 21st Saloon Thursday 5:30 p.m. blues matinee offers K.C.’s Trampled Under Foot Aug. 30 and Ana Popovic Sept. 6.
Slowdown hosts Old 97s, Those Darlins and Rhett Miller Tuesday, Sept. 11,
Mark your calendar now for rockabilly icon Wanda Jackson Sunday, Sept. 23, at Slowdown, 8 p.m.
Kris Lager Band plays CD release events Sept. 14 & 15 for Swagadocious, recorded at Lucas Kellison’s Lincoln studio with a guest appearance by Magic Slim. See krislagerband.com for details and to preview the disc.