Hullabaloo rocks with a great musical lineup including the amazing Carolyn Wonderland plugging in Friday, July 25, 7:25-8:40 p.m. The event is Thursday through Saturday, July 24, 25 and 26 at Sokol Park in Bellevue. Ticket options include a full-weekend music and camping ticket, single-day music and camping or music-only wristbands.
The Hullabaloo Music & Camping Festival is organized by Kris Lager Band’s bass player Brandon Miller. Kris Lager Band plays Friday at 10:10 p.m. and Saturday at 8:15 p.m. Over 20 bands are scheduled including The Wondermonds, Funk Trek, Patrick Sweany, Universe Contest, Mat D & The Profane Saints, Cornmeal, Sophistafunk, Nappy Roots and Andy Frasco. Kris Lager Band has been working with Frasco and is featured on his new CD Half a Man. Details and complete schedule are at hullabaloomusicfestival.com.
Hector’s Hillbilly Music Jam
Hector Anchondo hosts his first annual Hillbilly Music Jam Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26. The ticket price includes a bus trip to Big Rock Candy Mountain campgrounds (it’s a real place) located in Jadwin, Mo., two nights of music, camping and a river float trip. Regional blues, rock and country artists, including Omaha’s Matt Cox, are performing. See hillbillybluesjam.com for ticket prices and schedule.
Elsewhere in this issue you find more coverage of Matt Markel, the Ranch Bowl’s longtime owner and local music promoter. Markel passed away July 18, 2014, from a debilitating health condition. I worked with Matt in the early 1990s creating concert flyers for blues shows at the old Jones Street Brewery, which actually helped paved the way for my writing for The Reader. His impact on the Omaha music scene was huge and he brought some amazing shows to town.
The Back Porch Blues Band from Topeka, Kansas, hits Elkhorn's Heartland Café Friday, July 25. The band plays music from Chicago blues to funk to Texas roots-rock and swing. They are heard regularly at festivals in Kansas and Missouri. See backporchbluesband.com. Drew Jude & The Cool Tones play Saturday, July 26. Music starts at 7:30 p.m.
Denver’s Andy Sydow and his band are back at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Thursday, July 24, 9 p.m., playing excellent keyboard-driven, New Orleans-influenced blues. See andysydow.com. Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas bring pop, soul and rockabilly to the Zoo Saturday, July 26, 9 p.m. Eddie Shaw & The Wolf Gang hit the Zoo Wednesday, July 30, 6-9 p.m. Veteran Ohio blues-rock guitarist Eric Jerardi gigs at The 21st Saloon Thursday, July 24, 6-9 p.m. See ericjerardi.com.