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Blues Challenge, Sin City, Zito

Round One of the Blues Society of Omaha’s Nebraska Blues Challenge kicks off at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar on Sunday, March 24. Performing are Crimson Dawn (3:30 p.m.), Thrift Shop Radio (4:40 p.m.), Lou DeLuca & The R&M Blues Band (5:50 p.m.) and Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers (7 p.m.). Rounds Two and Three take place April 7 at Gator O’Malley’s and April 21 at McKenna’s with a total of 14 bands participating. Three bands...


Gary Flanagan Tribute

Omahan Gary Flanagan was an ardent supporter of local musicians. After his untimely passing of an apparent heart attack in January, his funeral reception was held at Slowdown. A good 20 or so of Omaha’s most notable singer-songwriters were in attendance. They all had the same message, in nearly the same words. “Gary came to all my shows and he always sat in the front row.” “Gary knew the words to all my songs.”...


<p>  Magic Slim, Dec. 25 at Lincoln's Zoo Bar, with Jeff Boehmer. Photo by Keri Hess.</p> ‘The Blues is All Right’

Lincoln resident, Zoo Bar family member and blues legend Magic Slim was laid to rest in a funeral service Saturday, March 2, at Horizons Community Church in Lincoln. At least four generations of local musicians were influenced by Slim’s adoption of the Zoo Bar as his home away from home since 1975 and his move to Lincoln in 1994.
Two more formal musical memorials are planned.
Lincoln’s Zoo Bar will host a...


<p>  Hard-driving old-school soul band Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings performs a special free Playing With Fire concert at Council Bluffs’ new River’s Edge Park Monday, May 27. See playingwithfireomaha.net</p> World Remembers Magic Slim

It was a sad week for blues fans when Magic Slim, also known as Morris Holt, passed away in a Pennsylvania hospital early Thursday, Feb. 21. He had been hospitalized for several weeks after having health issues while on the road doing opening slots for Johnny Winter. Magic’s son Shawn “Lil’ Slim” Holt was traveling with and performing with Magic and his band, and finished out several more dates on the tour at...


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