Magness, Blues Blast, Jamborama

The always-exciting vocalist and songwriter Janiva Magness has stepped out as an independent artist to release Original, her latest CD. It’s her 11th recording and you can read in her blog at janivamagness.com about her leap of faith and her friendly parting of ways with Alligator Records. In a testament to her artistry and popularity, the disc debuted at #5 on the Billboard Blues Charts on the...

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Trout Tribute Success & More

In a clarification to last week’s Reader column discussing the tremendous need for organ donors, while it is true that Curtis Salgado had to have a certain amount of money in the bank prior to his surgery, this was because he had no insurance.

"The Nebraska facility did everything possible to make this happen for Curtis. They were always gracious about the finance situation,” said Salgado's...

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Organ Donor Awareness Concert

The situation for those awaiting organ transplants is a difficult one, according to musician and transplant recipient Curtis Salgado.
“If you make the wrong choice, you’re dead,” he said bluntly. Salgado spoke to The Reader by phone from his home in Portland, Ore.

Salgado performs in Omaha Sunday, Aug. 31, at the Tribute to Walter Trout concert event, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the River City Star,...

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Nikki, Polly, Earl & More

Nikki Hill is a roots-rock force of nature. The spirits of Wanda Jackson and Little Richard meet up in Hill’s remarkable vocals. Guitarist Matt Hill's fretboard workouts give their sound extra punch. They hit Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Wednesday, Aug. 20, and rev up The 21st Saloon Thursday, Aug. 21, both shows 6-9 p.m. See nikkihillmusic.com.

Polly O’Keary
Polly O’Keary is best known locally for her...

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Hot, Hot, Hot

Hoodoo favorites Dave Alvin and his big brother Phil, founding members of The Blasters, are on the road with Alvin’s band The Guilty Ones in support of their disc Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy (Yep Roc). The CD pays tribute to one of the Alvin brothers’ earliest influences and shows Broonzy’s songs are still relevant. See davealvin.net.
The...

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Cox CD, Candye & Laura

Omaha's own Matt Cox hits The Waiting Room on Friday, Aug. 8, 9 p.m. for a CD release party for his latest recording, Nishnabotna. The disc features studio recordings of some of the new songs Cox has had in his set list over the past year as well as some newer tracks. Cox is one of the local acts we are fortunate to have on our scene who performs and writes at an outstanding, national level. Cox...

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