As I sit down to write I have just read sad news. The Austin Blues Society reported that Doyle Bramhall Sr. has passed away. The houstonpress.com confirmed the details, writing that Bramhall, 62, died Nov. 13 in his home in Alpine, TX, of complications from pneumonia. Bramhall was a drummer, vocalist and songwriter who was a friend and collaborator with the Vaughan brothers. He co-wrote songs Stevie Ray Vaughan recorded including “Dirty Pool,” “Change It” and “Life by The Drop.” Bramhall came out of the Dallas scene with the Vaughan brothers, working with Jimmie Vaughan in popular 1960s band The Chessmen. Bramhall was also a key player in the 1970s Austin blues resurgence. He appeared in Omaha at one of the Indigenous Jams held at the old McCormack’s.
The holiday season provides opportunities to come together, enjoy music and benefit the community. Thanksgrooving takes center stage Saturday, Nov. 19, at 5 p.m. at Slowdown. It’s an all-ages show to benefit the Food Bank for the Heartland. Performers include Polydypsia, Satchel Grande, Funk Trek, Kris Lager Band, Groove Gov’nors, Lymphnode Maniacs and more. Admission is $10. Donations of non-perishable food items are also encouraged.
Canned in Benson
Matt Cox hosts the second annual Canned in Benson concert for the Omaha Food Bank Wednesday, Nov. 23, at Barley Street Tavern. It’s a night of warm music community camaraderie and heartfelt solo acoustic performances. Enjoy music from Cox, Cass Brostad, Brad Hoshaw, Kyle Harvey, Rebecca Lowry, Justin Lamoureux, Sarah Benck, Andrew Bailie, Matt Whipkey, Ashley Rayne Boe, Lash LaRue, Dylan Davis, Brett Vovk and Reagan Roeder. Admission is a non-perishable food donation.
Remember you can visit omahablues.com for detailed roots show listings.
Chicago’s Americana roots-rockers Sarah & The Tall Boys play The 21st Saloon Thursday, Nov. 17, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Elwin James & The Way Outs perform at Gator O’Malley’s Nov. 17 at 9 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 18, options included a solo acoustic 7 p.m. early show by Little Joe McCarthy at McKenna’s. Blue House plays The Loose Moose at 4915 N. 120th (120th and Fort) Friday, Nov. 18. Down in Lincoln, Magic Slim is on stage at the Zoo Bar Friday, Nov. 18, after 9 p.m.
Upcoming shows of note include a Darlings reunion at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Wednesday, Nov. 23, after 9 p.m. Toasted Ponies play 6-9 p.m. Thanksgiving night catch the Lil’ Slim Blues Band at the Zoo.