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Nebraska Blues Challenge

In February the Lil’ Slim Blues Band competed in the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis. The Lil’ Slim Blues Band made it into the top 44 bands competing in the semi-finals. The Blues Society of Omaha is ramping up to host the second annual Nebraska Blues Challenge (NBC) that will select the band going to the IBCs next winter. Nebraska bands have until April 5 to register to...


Soulful Spring

Spring is here and with it, more new music. Chicago’s Alligator Records label has a couple of particularly fine offerings among its new releases: Janiva Magness’ Stronger for It and Curtis Salgado’s Soul Shot.

Janiva Magness’ CD hits this week and she has gigs at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Wednesday, March 21, 6-9 p.m., and at The 21st Saloon Thursday, March 22, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Magness’ Stronger for It was produced by...


Strong Soul Music

Two chances this coming week to catch powerhouse Janiva Magness: Wednesday night, March 21, 6-9 p.m., at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar and Thursday, March 22, at The 21st Saloon, 5:30-8:30 p.m. She is a singer with relentless heart whose serious vocal abilities are matched by deeply intuitive interpretive skills. Magness is the only female to win the Blues Music Award’s B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award besides the late...


Hot Tamale Baby

Tab Benoit mixes sweaty blues with his Cajun and Zydeco folk heritage for a rockin’ sound that is as steamy as the Louisiana swamps and irresistibly danceable. He heats up The 21st Saloon Thursday, March 8, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Benoit is a Grammy nominee and multiple Blues Music Award winner, including the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award. He was also recently recognized with three awards including Best Blues...


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