Thursday, June 27, 2013

Weekend, Zoo Bar Anniversary, Saturday Night's All Right, Jon Dee Graham.....Dave Alvin, James Harman, THE PALADINS....let's get with this!

....keep reading past last Thursday and Friday's predictions for fun to get to this week's stuff... and check the link to a Zoo Bar history piece I have written previously for THE READER and this blog site. The beat goes on and the story remains pertinent, though this year we celebrate without founder Larry Boehmer or Zoo mainstay Magic Slim.
0riginally written for The Reader on the 35th Anniversary and revised for the 38th some of the entertainment references may be dated. Last published prior to Larry Boehmer's passing Sept. 4, 2012.

The 21st Saloon had soul-blues man TERRY EVANS on Thursday, June 27, 5:30-8:30. Terry Evans has had his original songs covered by the likes of Pop Staples and was a vocalist for Ry Cooder in session and on tour for many years, Terry also worked as a session vocalist for artists like John Fogarty, Joan Armatrading, John Lee Hooker, Boz Scaggs, Maria Muldaur, Pops Staples and many other well respected artists... See
This was a wonderful show, Terry really focused on the songs, showcased his great vocal style and he and the band put down a chill, killer groove.
Friday, June 28, catch Kilborn Allley Blue Band and Honeyboy Turner Band for the FAC (5-8 p.m.) at Lincoln's Zoo Bar followed by the always fabulous Bel Airs... 

Playing with Fire's collaboration with The Bridge Beats series presents McGowan's Chair from Florida at Bridge Beats this evening, 7pm. No ticket required, just you, your friends, a blanket, lawn chair, cooler, beverage & bucks for the food truck, always a good price on good food. Lots of free parking too!

And there's a great Saturday night show with Travelling Mercies with the Betties and Moses Prey at The Sydney...

40 Sinners solo deal
at Dave & Busters, 2502 S 133rd Plaza, 8 p.m. Out on the patio, weather permitting.
Get a taste of 40 Sinners solo stuff with his other studio project at Reverbnation

Also Saturday, June 29, catch
International Blues Challenge Finalists
Ghost Town Blues Band, opening band Crimson Dawn are at Heartland Cafe, 2615 N. Main St., Elkhorn, old Downtown Elkhorn.
Doors open and dinner begins at 5:00pm. Music from 7:30pm - 10:30pm. Just a $5 cover. Heartland cafe has great live music all summer long, mostly blues/roots. See

...also Saturday night.... Hector Anchondo at Maloney's Irish Pub 1830 N. 72nd....
and Billy Bacon down at the Zoo Bar late with Blues Project early.
And BONNIE WHITMORE playing a special show at Barley Street Tavern Sunday, June 30, 6 p.m. You've seen her on tour and on Austin City Limits with Hayes Carll. Catch her solo show up close and personal at The Barley Street in Benson!

Bonnie Whitmore with Hayes Carll. She's plays a duo show with her fiddle player
at The Barley Street Tavern Sunday, June 30, 6 p.m.

 And Zoo Bar 40th Anniversary all next week (James Harman, the Paladins, Dave Alvin and more!)  see
 here's a taste of Harman & The 44s with
special guest Kid Ramos (NOT at the Zoo Fest) on guitar

James Harman &  the 44s are 
indoors Wednesday, July 3, and outdoors on the big stage Thursday, July 4, 3 p.m.

  The Paladins -- I can't wait for their reunion set!
The Paladins turn it up on the big stage Friday, July 5, 9 p.m. with Junior Brown (7 p.m.) and Tinsley Ellis (5 p.m.)

Dave Alvin & The Guilty Ones 
Dave Alvin & the Guilty Ones 
play Friday, July 6, 7 p.m. Also catch Walter Trout (5 p.m.) and Dirty Dozen Brass Band (9 p.m.)

 see for details, 
dos and don'ts and other info. 
$10 Advance daily tickets and $25 advance 3 day pass. Admission will be $13 at the gate. 
Children under 12 in free with an adult.
Keep reading for a link to a historical overview of the Zoo I wrote previously and some shots of the Zoo's old posters, photos by Conrad Good.

Plus Omaha shows by James McMurtry & The Bottlerockets (Waiting Room Tuesday, July 2)  see
and Dick Dale coming too on July 11 (see

AND Playing With Fire July 12 and 13... 

Oh and Jon Dee Graham Wednesday, July 10, 6-9 p.m. at the Zoo... Jon Dee has a pre-order going for his upcoming studio disc DO NOT FORGET, see to help and see some of Jon Dee's bear illustrations.
Marcia Ball Tuesday July 9, 6-9 at the Zoo.... well well well...
if you like roots music, you're in the right place the next couple of weeks!
Dang. Let's get this party started! 


Jon Dee Graham & the Fighting Cocks on the stage
at their home base, Austin's Continental Club.
Onstage at Lincoln's Zoo Bar Wednesday, July 10, 6-9 p.m.
video by Stephen Ames

Read about the great history of Lincoln's Zoo Bar and all the contributions Larry made to the music & the musicians in truly keeping the Blues Alive!....Below is the link to a revamped History of The Zoo I originally wrote for The Reader on the 35th Anniversary and revised for the 38th Anniversary. Last published prior to Larry Boehmer's passing Sept. 4, 2012.

Below are some shots of the old
Zoo Bar posters plastered on the bar walls
40 years of live roots music.
Thank you to the late Larry Boehmer for building Lincoln's original home of the blues. 
Photos by Conrad Good. 

  Zoo interior photos by Conrad Good. 
 Copyright 2008-2013. No reuse without permission.
"Thank ya, Babies!"