Playing With Fire promoter Jeff Davis is trying something new to raise additional funds to continue the summer Playing With Fire concerts. He is hosting indoor events organized to help raise the money needed. His first event, Friday, Oct. 12, 8 p.m. at Slowdown brings together three extremely popular contemporary blues acts. Curtis Salgado, Tommy Castro and Joe Louis Walker are all scheduled to perform. Salgado and Castro are both previous PWF headliners, and all three acts are Alligator Records’ artists. Salgado’s latest disc, Soul Shot, is getting rave reviews and offers some of the most sizzling production of his 30 year career. His resume includes being the inspiration for John Belushi’s Blues Brothers routine and his Joliet Jake character and being part of the Robert Cray Band and Roomful of Blues before launching his own solo career. Tickets are available at etix.com (search for Playing With Fire).
Zoo Bar Music
Brad Cordle Band holds court with funk and soul at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Saturday, Sept. 8, 9 p.m.
Excellent blues guitarist Debbie Davies hits the Zoo for a special blue Monday show Monday, Sept. 10, 6-9 p.m. Her new disc, After the Fall (M.C. Records), is her eleventh solo recording in an acclaimed career. Davies got an early break playing for three years with Albert Collins. She has received 10 Blues Music Award nominations. She has won the Best Contemporary Female Blues Artist Award twice.
Stick around for the late show as New Mexico’s David Wax Museum puts down their mix of Mexican and American folk.
Other big shows coming to the Zoo include Moreland & Arbuckle Wednesday, Sept. 12, 6-9 p.m., Popa Chubby Sunday, Sept 16, 6-9 p.m. and multi-instrumentalist David Lindley Tuesday, Sept. 18, 6-9 p.m.
21st Saloon Blues
Thursday 5:30 p.m. shows at The 21st Saloon feature guitarist-vocalist Ana Popovic Sept. 6, the gritty roots-blues of Moreland & Arbuckle Sept. 13 and the return of this summer’s acclaimed blues supergroup Royal Southern Brotherhood Sept. 20. The Royal Southern Brotherhood is Cyril Neville, Devon Allman, Mike Zito, Charlie Wooten and Yonrico Scott.
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 9 p.m. Slowdown hosts Old 97s with Those Darlins and Rhett Miller.
For Rockabillly Night at Gator O’Malley’s Sept. 9 it’s Mezcal Brothers for two sets with Hot Tail Honeys.
The Omaha Jitterbugs’ Cowtown Jamborama X is coming Sept. 13-16. The weekend includes dance classes and evening dances with great live bands. See jamborama.com for all the details.