Louisiana music from Josh Garrett & the Bottomline is one of the highlights of this week’s shows. Garrett’s high-energy music is complete with horns and fueled by the Cajun and zydeco sounds of his Louisiana bayou home. Garrett’s music should appeal to fans of Tab Benoit’s swampy blues. Garrett’s fiery guitar
attacks, great vocals and excellent original songs stand up to the caliber of more well-known acts like Tommy Castro. Garrett is a roots star on the rise. Check joshgarrettmusic.com for more. He and his great band plug in at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar on Saturday, Aug. 13, after 9 p.m.
Also at the Zoo
An Omaha musician who has transplanted to Austin, Cass Brostad, brings her Guided by Vices tour featuring new Austin friends Mandy Rowden and Charlie Mason to the Zoo on Thursday, Aug. 11, after 9 p.m.
On Friday, Aug. 12, it’s jazz with The Darryl White Quartet after 9 p.m. Keyboardist Nick Semrad performs with acclaimed trumpeter Darryl White, bassist Seth Ondracek and guest percussionist Dana Murray. Murray has played with Wynton Marsalis and Norah Jones. Visit zoobar.com for details.
Next Wednesday, Aug. 17, it’s California's David Vidal plus Lincoln's The Hundred Miles. Heads up now for a cool double show on Saturday, Aug. 20 when Dave Gonzalez’s Stone River Boys plays at 6 p.m. Then it’s old-school blues steeped in the sounds of Chicago’s South side from The Kilborn Alley Blues Band at 9 p.m.
English Guitarist Russ Tippins
Pacific Street Blues radio show host Rick Galusha presents England’s Russ Tippins Band at Gator O’Malley’s on Thursday, Aug. 11, after 9 p.m. Galusha is enthused about “Tippins’ mix of Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) vocals over
21st Saloon Blues
Thursday, Aug. 11, Texas guitarist Andrew “Jr. Boy” Jones rocks the 21st.
On Thursday, Aug. 18, it’s Chicago blues-rocker Ronnie Baker Brooks. Shows start at 5:30 p.m. See OmahaBlues.com.
Kim Bowen hosts Slowpoker’s, a Neil Young tribute band, visiting from Italy. They have a welcome acoustic jam at the Benson Grind on Friday, Aug. 12, 8 p.m. The full Slowpoker’s band plays The Waiting Room on Sunday, Aug. 21 at
8 p.m. See reverbnation.com/slowpokers.
Lincoln’s Ribfest Aug. 11 through 14 features great music including The Derailers and The Bel Airs. See pershingcenter.com/ribfest.
The Ruthie Foster show scheduled for Glenwood, Iowa, on Aug. 13 is cancelled.