Jazz on the Green Thursday, July 19, presents the jump-blues, jazz and swing of San Francisco vocalist Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers at 7 p.m. This is a rare Nebraska appearance by retro chanteuse Smith.
The 21st Saloon has the Louisiana sounds and blues rhythms of Josh Garrett & The Bottomline Thursday, July 19, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Earl & Them, featuring Earl Cate and “Baby Jason” Davis, plays 5-7 p.m. Friday, July 20 at the Zoo. After 9 p.m., Matt Cox opens for Lloyd McCarter & The Honky Tonk Revival’s CD release party.
Saturday, July 21, the legendary Phantom Blues Band plays 6-9 p.m. followed by the “psychedelic soul” of California band The Monophonics. Roots showman Webb Wilder returns Sunday, July 22, 6-9 p.m.
Salgado & Hullabaloo
Curtis Salgado, originally scheduled at the Hullabaloo Music & Camping Festival on Aug. 5, is undergoing surgery July 18 in Portland, Ore., to remove a mass from his lung. See curtissalgado.com. Salgado had to cancel a month of gigs. A new Hullabaloo headliner has been booked. Blues-rock guitar star Walter Trout performs August 5, see hullabaloomusicfestival.com.
Elkhorn’s Heartland Cafe offers several big shows this week. Friday, July 20, 8 p.m., St. Louis guitarist Marquise Knox performs. Knox was mentored by the late Henry Townsend. See marquiseknox.com. Saturday, July 21, 8 p.m., the great Bel Airs bring their boogie-blues and vintage rock to the Heartland Cafe. Next Wednesday, July 25, is a special 7 p.m. show by Phoenix’s The Sugar Thieves. Visit heartlandcafe.net.
Playing With Fire is back on the Lewis & Clark Landing Saturday, July 28. See details at playingwithfireomaha.net.
Brad Cordle Band gigs at Gator O’Malley’s Friday, July 20, 9 p.m. See the Blues Society of Omaha’s calendar listings at omahablues.com.
Sunday, July 22, 9 p.m., The Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band hits The Waiting Room. Peyton is a high-energy, skillful slide guitarist in the tradition of Charlie Patton and Mississippi John Hurt.
Stir Cove has several big shows this week including Gladys Knight July 21 and Grace Potter July 22. Check stircove.com.
Barley Street Tavern has intriguing shows coming up including Denver’s John Statz Friday, July 20, with Stonebelly. Statz’s latest CD was produced by roots icon Bo Ramsey. Several Minneapolis artists including haunting indie-folk artist Jenny Dalton play the Barley Tuesday, July 24.
Tuesdays 7-11 p.m. there is an excellent blues jam at The Hive, 1951 St. Mary’s Ave. Check facebook.com/theHiveLounge.