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Hector Anchondo CD Release
Hector Anchondo Band has a CD release party for their new disc, Young Guns, at Slowdown Sunday, Dec. 21, 3 p.m. Note this is a special matinee show. Cleveland Blue and Kait Berreckman also perform. Hector Anchondo Band is the Blues Society of Omaha’s 2014-15 Nebraska Blues Challenge winner and represents the BSO at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis Jan. 20-24. See blues.org/international-blues-challenge.
Rock Photo Show
Drips Coffee at 1010 S. Main in Council Bluffs features “A View From the Pit” through Jan. 16, showcasing concert photography from local shooters Chip Duden, Chris Fletcher and Josh Smisek. In addition to the display, the photographers will host a couple of concert photography workshops in January. Work is available for purchase too. See dripscoffee.com for details.
Sower Records Showcase
Lincoln-based Americana-roots label Sower Records hosts a showcase at Reverb Lounge Saturday, Dec. 20, 9 p.m. Performers include The Bottle Tops, Matt Cox, Bud Heavy & The High Lifes, Jack Hotel, Little Marais and Evan Bartels & The Stoney Lonesomes. See facebook.com/sowerrecords.
Clarence Tilton, Matt Cox and The Electroliners play the Waiting Room Sunday, Dec. 21, 7 p.m. The country-roots show is a coat drive for Omaha’s Heart Ministry Center that serves poor families in our city. See heartministrycenter.org. Admission is free with a coat donation. Gently used coats for parents and children are needed.
The popular blues, R&B and roots-rock of The Bel Airs boogies into The 21st Saloon Thursday, Dec. 18, 6-9 p.m. Josh Hoyer’s Sons of 76 has a reunion show Friday, Dec. 19, 9 p.m., at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar with The Wondermonds and SAS. Kris Lager Band plays their only Omaha show for the next few months at Waiting Room Tuesday, Dec. 23, 9 p.m. Shawn Holt’s Lil’ Slim Blues Band plays Christmas night, Dec. 25, 9 p.m. at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar, carrying on the tradition started by the late Magic Slim.