Sean Benjamin’s Passing, Bruce Katz Gig

Lincoln blues musician Sean Benjamin passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 15. His friend, ex-wife and fellow musician Laurie McClain posted the news to Facebook, “Sadly, my dear friend and former husband, Sean Benjamin, passed away suddenly last night of what appears to be natural causes. He was in relatively good health and spirits when I spoke to him a few days ago.” Services are pending. The Zoo...

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Curtis McMurtry, Mike Jacobs & More

Dean Dobmeier’s and Gary Grobeck’s Sunday Roadhouse hosts Curtis McMurtry Sunday, Oct. 19, 5 p.m., at One Percent Production’s new Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Avenue in Benson. Curtis McMurtry is the son of acclaimed Austin singer-songwriter-guitarist James McMurtry and the grandson of popular author Larry McMurtry. This is the youngest McMurtry’s Omaha debut. The Austin Chronicle says of Curtis...

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Get Out, Support Live Music

As mentioned in last week’s column, attendance has been off at local blues shows. To keep the scene alive and thriving takes commitment on the part of the fans as well as the venues. Get out and see some live music. 
The Zoo Bar made a Facebook plea about two weeks ago asking fans to increase support of their touring shows. Likewise, The 21st Saloon does not seem to be seeing autumn audience...

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Zoo Bar Calls for Support & More

Lincoln’s Zoo Bar keeps the blues alive in the metro with multiple national blues acts playing there each week. Co-owner Pete Watters recently made a Facebook plea, noting, “We have been trying to provide world class music at The Zoo Bar, but it can not happen without your support.” The up and down attendance at summer shows has resulted in some “tough times,” Watters posted. “We would greatly...

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Blues Challenge, Primer, Shadowboxers in Studio

Hector Anchondo Band is the winner of the 2014-15 Nebraska Blues Challenge held Sunday, Sept. 21, at The 21st Saloon. The band will represent the Blues Society of Omaha in the 2015 International Blues Challenge (IBC) Jan. 20-24 in Memphis. The prestigious showcase and competition sponsored by the Blues Foundation gives great exposure to up and coming talent. See blues.org/ibc.

2014 IBC Winner at...

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Roots, Blues & Lake Street Dive

The 21st Saloon hosts one of their popular, multi-band roots shows Thursday, Sept. 18, 5 p.m. at 96th & L. Performers include charismatic Louisiana blues artist Josh Garrett and his band plus Canadian roots and rockabilly act The 24th Street WailersShawn Holt & The Teardrops make a special appearance. The band is fronted by Lincoln’s own Shawn Holt and features Levi William with the late Magic...

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