Friday, December 21, 2012

Sin City Soul & Blues Fest, Phil Alvin's medical fund, Holiday Music Options & Blues Music Award Nominees

The new READER column is online and includes the exclusive to Hoodoo Blues FIRST announcement of Terry O'Halloran's first headliner for the Sin City Soul & Blues Fest. The Tedeschi Trucks Band is scheduled to perform, with more headliners to come. The event takes place Sept. 15-17 at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. 

The current list of confirmed acts so far includes Tedeschi Trucks Band, Los Lonely Boys, Tab Benoit, Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, The Austin All-Stars featuring Malford Milligan and W.C. Clark, Ruthie Foster Band, Carolyn Wonderland, Curtis Salgado's Big Band, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, Trampled Under Foot, James Harman, Orgone, Monophonics, The Iguanas, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, John Nemeth, Karen Lovely, Contino, Brad Cordle Band, Kris Lager Band and Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers. 

O'Halloran expects to play over 30 bands during the three day destination blues fest. Admission to the performances is limited to those purchase room/hotel/festival packages. Packages will go on sale Jan. 1, 2013.
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Dave Alvin's big brother Phil had a medical scare in Europe while on tour with the current Blasters earlier this year. Phil is OK now but has some serious medical bills to take care of and friends are hosting a benefit in January that is already sold out. But you can still send a donation if you are so inclined. Dave reports, 
"The benefit show for my brother is SOLD OUT! Sincere thanks to everyone who bought tickets to help him out. It means the damn world to us. 
For those of you who've asked me about a way to donate because you can't attend the concert, here's the information: Make checks/money orders payable to: New Highway, Inc. 1563 Solano Avenue #439 Berkeley, California 94707 Please also address the envelope to New Highway, Inc. 
Thank you all again for your extremely kind support and generosity." - Dave Alvin

Dave & Phil performing earlier this year.

Still smiling from catching three Jon Dee Graham shows in four nights earlier this're a couple of clips from friends who did some recording of songs at the shows.

Having Jon Dee in town sent me back to listening to his HOBART BROTHERS & LIL' SIS project with Freedy Johnston and Susan Cowsill. I really like this song a lot. 
Jon Dee's been playing in Austin with a bunch of cool cats for a Sunday brunch at Strange Brew, they are calling themselves the Purgatory's a little something called "I Will Walk With You" from one of those shows since I can't find a version of Jon Dee's song "I Hate Christmas," with the Resentments, online. 

Oh, and the Blues Music Award nominations are out, and they include Curtis Salgado in the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year category. Find the link to the BMA nominations in this week's READER column.

Have a fearless, joyous holiday season. Celebrate with music, laughter, friends and love. The world didn't end, so get out tonight and see some music...!

Here's this week's READER column. See ya in the New Year!

Sin City Soul & Blues & More
By B.J. Huchtemann

Former Omaha promoter Terry O’Halloran’s Las Vegas blues festival continues to take impressive shape. Scheduled for Sept. 15-17, 2013, at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, O’Halloran plans for over 30 bands performing on three stages. O’Halloran has just confirmed 2012 Grammy winner the Tedeschi Trucks Band as one of the headliners, with more headliner announcements to come. Acts currently booked include Tab Benoit, Ruthie Foster, Tommy Castro, Royal Southern Brotherhood, The Iguanas, The Monophonics, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds and more. Several local acts also will showcase their talents at the much-anticipated event. O’Halloran’s Sin City Soul & Blues Revival is unique because when the hotel packages are gone, the festival is sold out, guaranteeing that festival guests will enjoy an exclusive experience. See or follow the link on the site to the event’s Facebook page. Costs and pre-sale ticket discounts will be posted Jan. 1, 2013. O’Halloran currently resides in Austin, Texas, after being a major force on the Omaha music scene for over 25 years.

21st Saloon
Samantha Fish, 2012 Blues Music Award winner for Best New Artist Debut, plugs in at The 21st Thursday, Dec. 20, 5:30-8:30 p.m. High-energy bass player Biscuit Miller & The Mix is scheduled at The 21st Thursday, Dec. 27, for their Omaha debut. Miller is familiar to local audiences from his years with Anthony Gomes’ band.

Zoo Bar Music
Lincoln’s Zoo Bar has The Mezcal Brothers unplugged plus The Betties Thursday, Dec. 20, 9 p.m. Levi William is up Friday, Dec. 21, 5-7 p.m. followed by the Tijuana Gigolos End of the World Party. Assuming the Mayans are wrong, Saturday, Dec. 22, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials crank up old-school Chicago blues 6-9 p.m. The Zoo Bar House Band hosts a special holiday blues jam Sunday, Dec. 23, 5-9 p.m.  Magic Slim appears for his traditional Christmas night show, Dec. 25, after 8 p.m.
Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers debut Friday, Dec. 28, 9 p.m. Boogie-blues heroes The Bel Airs rock it up Saturday, Dec. 29, 9 p.m.

Hot Notes
Runny Nose Pete heats up Sullivan’s, 40th & Dodge, Friday, Dec. 21, after 9 p.m. with gritty, guitar-driven, gutbucket blues.
Blues Music Award nominations were announced last week by the national Blues Foundation. Oregon’s Curtis Salgado, a favorite of Omaha audiences, received four nominations including one for B.B. King Entertainer of the Year. See

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