Music fans familiar with the 1980s and ‘90s scene likely remember The Rainmakers, a K.C. band that first hit local Midwest bars as Bob, Steve and Rich, and was a favorite at places like the Howard Street Tavern and The Ranch Bowl. A major label signed the Rainmakers back when that carried a little more weight and support.Newsweek called their 1986 national debut disc “The most auspicious debut album of the year.” The band is back together and touring behind a new CD. You can catch them at The Waiting Room on Sunday, April 29, 9 p.m. No opening act. The Waiting Room will reset the room for The Rainmakers after the early Sunday Roadhouse show featuring bluegrass/roots artists Chatham County Line.
Cuban Music at Loom
Linoma band Son del Llano celebrates the release of their new CD Recordando Los Maestros at House of Loom Sunday, April 29, 9 p.m. The band mixes Latin sounds with the uniquely Cuban music you might be familiar with if you listened to the 1990s Buena Vista Social Club project. Produced by band members Marcelo Arevelo and Justin J. Jones and recorded at Lincoln’s Fuse Recording the disc bursts with energy, fun and sexy, sultry vibes. See sondelllano.net.
The Sunday Roadhouse presents the lustrous, old-school, folky bluegrass of Chatham County Line at The Waiting Room Sunday, April 29, 5 p.m. Glistening harmonies and high-energy, unselfconscious performances mark this band’s shows. See sundayroadhouse.com.
Nebraska Blues Challenge
The Blues Society of Omaha’s Second Annual Nebraska Blues Challenge continues Sunday, April 29, at Shamrock’s. Performing are Cold in Hand (3:30 p.m.), Matt Gagne & The Blues Experience (4:40 p.m.), Christy Rossiter & 112 North Duck (5:50 p.m.) and Levi William (7 p.m.) The Brad Cordle Band received the most points from judges in the first round April 22 and advances to the finals Sunday, May 20, at The 21st Saloon. See omahablues.com.
Big Al’s Free Music Festival continues nightly at The Hideout this week through Saturday, April 28. Look for the Facebook event page. The free shows start about 8:30 p.m.
Blues Music Award winner Johnny Rawls plays Clancy’s, 777 N. 114th St., Saturday, April 28, 9 p.m.
Founding member of Cross Canadian Ragweed, Cody Canada and his new band The Departed open for Shooter Jennings April 29 at Slowdown.
Andrew “Jr. Boy” Jones plays The 21st Saloon Thursday, April 26, 5:30 p.m.