Playing With Fire hosts a fundraiser to raise additional money for next year’s Playing With Fire event or events. The triple bill Friday, Oct. 12, at Slowdown features three of contemporary blues’ most popular and dynamic stars for a bargain $35 ticket. The show opens with Tommy Castro & The Painkillers at 7:30 p.m., followed by soul-blues great and local favorite Curtis Salgado and his fine new band. Joe Louis Walker closes out the evening, so if you are going to this show, be on time so you don’t miss Castro and his new band. Doors open at 7 p.m. See playingwithfireomaha.net. Get general admission advance tickets at etix.com.
Dr. John & The Blind Boys
Lincoln’s Zoo Bar teams with the Bourbon Theatre to present the legendary Dr. John and the equally iconic Blind Boys of Alabama Saturday, Oct. 20. Doors at 7:30, with ticket prices from $38 advance for general admission (standing room) on the dance floor to reserved table seating in the upper tiers for $68 advance. See bourbontheatre.com for tickets. Dr. John and The Blind Boys of Alabama are on a “spirituals to funk” tour that promises onstage collaboration between the acts in the tradition of John Hammond’s 1930s Carnegie Hall Spirituals to Swing concerts. Advance press says this will be a “show that explores the connections between jazz, blues and gospel.” Either act alone is a true don’t miss event, together this should be an amazing roots music celebration.
All Young Girls Are Machine Guns hosts a CD release party for Here’s Hopin’ Tomorrow Never Comes Friday, Sept. 28, at Slowdown. Rebecca Lowry and her band perform with special guests The Mynabirds and Field Club.
The 21st Saloon rocks with The Bel Airs Thursday, Sept. 27, 5:30-8:30 p.m. The 21st Saloon and The Blues Society of Omaha present a Tribute to Larry Boehmer Thursday, Oct. 4, 5:30 p.m. Boehmer, founder of Lincoln’s Zoo Bar, passed away Sept. 4. The Tribute features many musicians with ties to Boehmer and the Zoo including Boehmer’s son and Zoo co-owner Jeff Boehmer, Dave Robel, Lil’ Slim, Josh Hoyer, Dave Boye, Kris Lager, Omaha’s Brad Cordle and more.
The Tijuana Gigolos shake up the Zoo Bar with their roots rock party two nights in a row: Friday, Sept. 28, 9 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 4, catch great music with The Devil Makes Three at Waiting Room, up and coming Oklahoma roots singer-songwriter John Fullbright opens. (Writer's Note: Correction from original text, the John Fullbright / Devil Makes Three show is Thursday, Oct. 4, NOT Thursday, Sept. 27, as I originally wrote and as appears in the print version of the column.)