If you are looking for something to do Friday night (Tonight), Rockin' Johnny Burgin from Chicago is in town playing with the Honeyboy Turner band at Havana Garage...after 9 p.m. tonight and tomorrow night. Check out Johnny's sound here
Here's a nice home-town write-up of Johnny
Here's Johnny playing the title track from his new disc, Grim Reaper (Delmark).
Please check last week's blog for some thoughts on the sad passing of the great Nick Curran, who lost his battle with cancer...and a link to donate to Kid Ramos' medical fund. Kid was recently diagnosed with cancer and is getting treatment. Both are guitarists who are among the coolest, Nick still has a new disc coming out. There are a few videos posted to last week's blog also.
Last week's Curtis Salgado, Tommy Castro, Joe Louis Walker show was epic, with music from 7:30 to after midnight for the $35 ticket... a great crowd, high-energy performances and Curtis came out and joined Joe Louis Walker and his band for a gospelish number and to play harp on another tune. Be on the lookout for details on the next Playing With Fire fundraiser, which will happen in Feb. 2013.
Here's a little video interview from Portland with Curtis talking about his super-fine disc, Soul Shot (Alligator). It's soul based and got lots of great grooves, arrangements and flat-out soul-burnin' stuff...some of Curtis' best recorded work!
Here's a cut from the CD that Jackie Newman captured LIVE at the Slowdown last week....it's cell phone video but it gives you a little of the cool vibe that was goin' on that night.
and here's Curtis and the full band with horns and singers doing another track from the disc, Nobody But You!
Jeff Davis is hoping to pull enough funds together to do a "10 in 10" 10 year PWF Anniversary event, a three-day festival that would feature 10 headliners, likely taking place Thursday through Saturday, July 11-13, 2013.
If you are a business who would be interested in helping fund the 2013 shows, check out playingwithfireomaha.net for details and contact info.
Also Kevin Coffey broke the news today that the beleaguered Red Sky Music Festival has called it quits, and will not be back for 2013. This year's event had even less to offer blues-oriented music fans than 2010, which did have some cool acts in the afternoon. See Kevin's comments at
Here's this week's Reader column. We are lucky to have a lot of great entertainment hitting our metro area this fall, as TerryO likes to say, "Get out and get into it!"