Important notes if you’re reading this Wednesday, June 6: Seattle Americana artist Zoe Muth plays Barley Street Tavern June 6. The Los Angeles Daily News praises Muth’s latest disc for ”real poetry, ingenious wit and pedal steel perfection.” See zoemuth.com.
Royal Southern Brotherhood at 21st Saloon
And after a Wednesday, June 6, show at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar, blues super group The Royal Southern Brotherhood (RSB) plays at a rescheduled venue, The 21st Saloon, Thursday, June 7. Pacific Northwest soul-blues man Terry Evans opens at an early 5 p.m. time. RSB combines the considerable talents of Cyril Neville, Devon Allman and Mike Zito. The trio met in New Orleans last year and turned their jam sessions into a full-fledged debut disc and tour that is the talk of the roots scene. Rockin’ and soulful with some fierce three-part harmonies. RSB plays blues festivals and tours Europe later this summer, so the chance to see a collaboration of this caliber in small clubs is a real treat. See royalsouthernbrotherhood.com.
Former Paladins’ guitarist Dave Gonzalez and his Stone River Boys hit Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Saturday, June 9, 6-9 p.m. Powerhouse guitarist Walter Trout plugs in Tuesday, June 12, 6-9 p.m. Austin honky-tonker Dale Watson hits the stage next Wednesday, June 13, 6-9 p.m.
Mark your calendars now for Legendary Austin guitarist-singer-songwriter Jon Dee Graham’s return with his Austin band Thursday, June 28, 6 p.m. Graham’s latest disc, Garage Sale, is available for preview and purchase at jondeegraham.com. Graham masterfully distills personal truths and the highs and lows of easily recognizeable everday experiences into rock poetry that one writer calls “the truth in three minutes.”
The summer brings so many local events these days it is hard to cover regional festivals. If you want to road trip for music check out bluesfestivalguide.com for a free listing of hundreds of events.
Summer Arts Fest is downtown June 8-10. Music is free and highlights include accomplished blues guitarist Gregg Wright and Austin party band Mingo Fishtrap Friday night. See summerarts.org.
The OEA Awards Summer Showcase hits Benson Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9. Two nights, 55 bands, five venues. A two-night pass is $15. Find the schedule at facebook.com/oeaawards.
Elkhorn’s Heartland Cafe serves up weekend music outdoors all summer. See heartlandcafe.net.
The Blues Society of Omaha presents acclaimed soul-blues John Nemeth at Aksarben’s Stinson Park Saturday, June 16.
The Bel Airs play The 21st Saloon Thursday, June 14.