Local audience favorite Curtis Salgado heats up Lincoln’s Zoo Bar next Wednesday, Aug. 6, 6-9 p.m. Based in Portland, Ore., Salgado is one of the toughest soul-blues singers on the planet. His wide-ranging influences and passion for the music coupled with his great band always deliver remarkable, soulful, hands-down badass shows. Salgado is a twelve-time Blues Music Award (BMA) nominee. He has been recognized by the BMAs with honors including 2013’s Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year, Soul Blues Album of the Year (for Soul Shot on Alligator Records), and the prestigious B.B. King Entertainer of the Year award. See curtissalgado.com.
The 21st Saloon presents Chicago sax great Eddie Shaw & The Wolf Gang Thursday, July 31, 6-9 p.m. Shaw was the sax player for Howlin’ Wolf, including recording with him at Chess Records. See eddieshawsax.com. Shaw is a 2014 Blues Foundation Hall of Fame inductee.
Candye & Laura
Fabulous vocalist Candye Kane and her powerful, versatile guitarist Laura Chavez hit The 21st Saloon Thursday, August 7, 6-9 [p.m. with their band. They mix swing, rockabilly and blues to create their unique, high-energy sound. Their latest disc is Coming Out Swingin’ (Sister Cynic/VizzTone). Kane continues treatments for pancreatic cancer but is working as much as possible. See candyekane.com. Kane has twice received the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award, the Blues Music Awards’ highest honor. She has received the Contemporary Blues Female Artist Award multiple times.
Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing presents Big Sam’s Funky Nation from New Orleans Thursday, July 31, 7:30.
Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers bring their soulful show to The Hive Friday, Aug. 1, 8 p.m. and gig at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar with Oketo Saturday, Aug. 2, 9 p.m. Hoyer also plays solo Sunday, Aug. 3, 2-5 p.m. for a free show at the River City Star’s Kon-Tiki-O Party Barge.
Omaha Girls Rock has a showcase of this year's bands Saturday, Aug. 2, 5:30 p.m., at The Waiting Room, free admission.
BluesEd youth performance bands play a free showcase Sunday, Aug. 3, 5 p.m. at Sumter Amphitheater.
Mark your calendar now for a couple of big shows. Royal Southern Brotherhood rocks Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Wednesday, Aug. 13, 6-9 p.m. Hoodoo favorite Jon Dee Graham & The Fighting Cocks are at the Zoo Bar Monday, Aug. 18, 7-10 p.m. Graham is a three-time inductee into the Austin Music Hall of Fame. When he plugs in with his electric Austin trio the result is fierce.