Saturday, December 15, 2012

a little Christmas...

The Landfill Harmonic Orchestra in Paraguay

Jon Dee Graham reminds us it's a World So Full

Jon Dee Graham with the Zoo Bar House Band, Feb. 2012

....a week of unbelievable joys and sorrows....
hold your dear ones close....

The video at the top of the blog was shared with me by a friend....proof of the visceral power of music to change lives...a youth orchestra in Paraguay where the impoverished children play instruments made from recycled items....never give up on anyone, the trailer says. There is a documentary in the works about this extraordinary group who call themselves the Landfill Harmonic. Take three minutes and watch this, it will lift your spirits.

I had a wonderful week of catching three Jon Dee Graham shows in four nights...a musical and personal hero, Graham is doing great and each show was magnificent.....Monday night he sat in with Josh Hoyer and the Zoo Bar House Band at the Zoo Bar in Lincoln....pure joy of music...
second in line is a video from last February when Jon Dee and the House Band tore it up...this week's show was just as gloriously full of fun.

Please be kind to each other, hold your loved ones close...tell people you love them. 
Don't take this "world so full" for granted.

This week's column is online here

Minneapolis musician Scottie Miller hits The 21st Saloon Thursday, Dec. 13, 5:30-8:30 p.m.  Miller’s day job is playing keyboards in Grammy nominee Ruthie Foster’s band. It’s a CD release party in support of his very fine new disc Rise Up. The CD showcases his excellent original tunes from funky New Orleans party boogies to introspective, thought-provoking songs set to sweeping arrangements with strings. This is a don’t-miss show for dedicated music fans.
The 21st Saloon has launched a Sunday music series. The bookings will be a mix of local and touring acts. Of special note is the rock and blues of Chicago’s The Steepwater Band Sunday, Dec. 16. Dirty Impound writes “fans of Mick Taylor-era Stones, early Hendrix and The Black Keys will eat this up with impolite gusto.” See
The 21st also presents Hamilton Loomis in a special Friday show on Dec. 28, 6 p.m.
See for The 21st Saloon schedule updates.
Zoo Bar Blues
The Zoo Bar stacks up great shows including a Lincoln appearance by 
The Steepwater Band Saturday, Dec. 16, 9 p.m. The Lil’ Slim Blues Bandand Matt Cox Band share the bill on Thursday, Dec. 13, 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, the Tijuana Gigolos get the party started 5-7 p.m. followed by the high-energy blues of Louisiana’s Josh Garrett Band. Garrett is a triple-threat with great guitar chops, soulful vocals and original songs.
Mark your calendars for Chicago’s Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials next Saturday, Dec. 22. Josh Hoyer & the Shadowboxers make their debut on Friday, Dec. 28, 9 p.m.
Graham’s Garage Sale
Jon Dee Graham delivered his anticipated soul-lifting show at Dean Dobmeier’s and Gary Grobeck’s Sunday Roadhouse at the Side Door Lounge Dec. 9. If you missed the wonderful show, preview Graham’s latest disc, Garage Sale, at My face hurts from smiling.Mike June, touring with Graham, showcased some gritty, working man blues from his brand new disc Talkin’ Revolution Blues.
Hot Notes
Samantha Fish gigs at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Wednesday, Dec. 19, 6-9 p.m. and at The 21st Saloon Thursday, Dec. 22, 5:30 p.m. She is this year’s Blues Foundation Blues Music Award winner for Best New Artist Debut.Brad Hoshaw and Elizabeth Webb have collaborated with the Blue Barn Theatre’s Witching Hour to create and perform music for the original ghost story Grass So Tall, Sky So Black. Final performances are Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 & 15, 11 p.m.

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