Great news from soul-blues singer Curtis Salgado, he’s just been signed to Alligator Records. The Chicago blues label will release Salgado’s next CD, which will be his eighth solo recording. Salgado has a special fondness for Omaha and Lincoln, since local fans helped him develop a Midwest base as he started touring nationally. Salgado’s many credits include being the inspiration for John Belushi’s character in The Blues Brothers. Read the behind-the-scenes story at curtissalgado.com. Salgado, based in Portland, Ore., had a life-saving liver transplant in Omaha at the UNMC’s Lied Transplant Center in 2006. Sept. 30 marked five years since the successful transplant. Watch alligatorrecords.com for details on Salgado’s forthcoming first release for Alligator.
Music Thursday, Oct. 20
In Omaha, California soul-blues vocalist E.C. Scott heats up The 21st Saloon, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Soul-blues-funk-jazz keyboard player Bruce Katz and his band hit Gator O’Malley’s after 9 p.m. Katz is a phenomenal Boston-based keyboard virtuoso who recently worked with Delbert McClinton and toured last year with Gregg Allman. Gator O’Malley’s is taking a try at booking more national acts, please come out and show your support.
Meanwhile, catch killer guitarist and vocalist Coco Montoya at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar, 6-9 p.m. Hector Anchondo plays late with My Brother.
Downtown, Slowdown hosts another installment of the Take Cover project after 8 p.m. with local artists covering other local artists’ songs. It’s a benefit for HearNebraska.org.
Weekend music choices include Tijuana Gigolos at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar on Friday, Oct. 21, 5-7 p.m., followed by the danceable blues and roots sounds of K.C.’s Levee Town after 9 p.m.
Music at the Heartland Cafe in old downtown Elkhorn continues with shows including the Brad Cordle Band this Saturday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. See heartlandcafe.net for details.
National roots band Drive By Truckers plays Slowdown on Wednesday, Oct. 26. The punk-edged pop-rock of Those Darlins, fronted by three sassy female musicians, opens the show at 9 p.m.
At the Zoo Bar, Kris Lager has a solo acoustic gig after 9 p.m. on Oct. 26.
At The 21st Saloon next Thursday, Oct. 27, catch Lil’ Slim Blues Band (5 p.m.) followed by the Brad Cordle Band (7 p.m.).