Internationally recognized blues guitarist Walter Trout received a life-saving liver transplant at UNMC’s Lied Transplant Center on Memorial Day. Trout’s recovery has been going well. See waltertrout.com for a post-surgery update. Trout’s wife Marie’s updates are posted regularly on her Facebook page and at Trout’s youcaring.com page.
Summer Arts Fest Music
Summer Arts Fest offers great live music under the big tent at 14th & Farnam. Music is free and Friday’s lineup includes Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers, 7 p.m., and MarchFourth from Portland, Ore., 9 p.m. Lincoln-based Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers have held the Number Two spot for seven weeks in the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Soul Album Chart, only beaten by Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings. For the week of May 24, The Shadowboxers’ “Just Call Me I'll Be Sure to Let You Down Again” jumped from Number 14 to Number Two in the Report’s Soul Song Chart, solidly between national acts Tedeschi-Trucks Band and Sharon Jones. See rootsmusicreport.com.
You may not have heard of MarchFourth, but they are described as “a full-blown big stage brass-rock-funk assault peppered with moments of swing, jazz, Bollywood, ska and metal.” M4’s mission is to “leave everyone feeling as if the world is a better place.” Highlights Saturday include the genre-jumping grooves and stellar musicianship of Euforquestra, 7 p.m., and Sister & Brother of Soul featuring Omaha natives Ron E. Beck and Carol Rogers, 9 p.m. Sunday includes the jazz of Luigi’s old band, Luigi Inc., 1:30 p.m., and the authentic Louisiana zydeco of Grammy Award-winning artists Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience, 3 p.m. See summerarts.org/music for schedules.
Lincoln’s Stransky Park Series
Meanwhile Lincoln music fans are excited about the KZUM Stransky Park Concert Series. The concerts include various music styles and are Thursday nights, 7 p.m. at Stransky Park, 17th & Harrison. June 5 is jazz from Jackie Allen. See facebook.com/stranskyconcerts.
The 21st Saloon presents the showmanship and rockabilly of The Red Elvises Thursday, June 5, 6-9 p.m.
The annual Soaring Wings Wine & Blues Festival is Saturday, June 7, with Jason Vivone & the Billy Bats (5:30 p.m.), Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers (7 p.m.) and Bad Brad & The Fat Cats (8:30 p.m.). Adult admission is $15, children ages 12-20 are $10. See soaringwingswine.com.
McKenna’s presents Australian guitarist Michael Charles Friday, June 6, 8 p.m. See michaelcharles.us. Steve Byam’s 40SINNERS is up at McKenna's Saturday, June 7, 8-11 p.m.