Zoo Bar 41st Anniversary celebrations continue Thursday, July 10, inside the club with Too Slim & The Taildraggers (6 p.m.), Soft White Sixties (8:30 p.m.) and A Ferocious Jungle Cat (11 p.m.). Friday, July 11, the party moves outdoors with The Bel Airs (5 p.m.), Brave Combo (7 p.m.), and Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers (9 p.m.). The Killigans (11 p.m.) close things out. Saturday, July 12, the lineup is Oketo (1 p.m.), The Black Lillies (3 p.m.), Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials (5 p.m.), Kelley Hunt (7 p.m.), and the great Delbert McClinton (9 p.m.) Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers (11 p.m.) brings their funk, soul & R&B to stage for the finale. Hoyer plans to showcase new material during their set. The outdoor shows are $15 advance and $20 day of show for each day. See zoobar.com for details.
21st Saloon Blues
The 21st Saloon, 96th & L, gets back to Thursday shows with popular Texas roots singer-songwriter-musician Randy McAllister Thursday, July 10. The Nace Brothers are onstage Thursday, July 17, and Eric Jerardi plugs in July 24. Thursday shows are 6-9 p.m.
The 21st also features a day-long showcase of the BSO’s BluesEd youth performance bands Sunday, July 13, 2-7 p.m. See facebook.com/BluesEd.
McKenna’s offers a bunch of music including Swampboy Blues Friday, July 11, 8 p.m., and Hector Anchondo Band Saturday, July 12, 8 p.m. The venue just announced a show Tuesday, July 15, 7 p.m. with Michigan’s Rusty Wright Band. The band received a 2013 Blues411 Jimi Award for Contemporary Blues Release of the Year. See facebook.com/rustywrightband. Hoodoo favorite Studebaker John brings his great original songs and gear-grinding, slide-guitar-driven Chicago blues Wednesday, July 16, 7 p.m.
Blues Blast Music Awards
Voting opens July 15 for the Blues Blast Magazine Music Awards. Two Lincoln artists are recognized in these national awards. Both Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers and Shawn Holt & The Teardrops are up for Best New Artist Debut Recording. Shawn Holt is also nominated for the Sean Costello Rising Star Award. See bluesblastmagazine.com.
Honeyboy Turner & Harvey Brindell’s duo plays Havana Garage Friday, July 11, 7-10 p.m. Iconic guitarist Dick Dale hits The Waiting Room Monday, July 14, 8 p.m. Samantha Fish is playing at the top of her game, proving herself to be a serious guitarist as well as vocalist. Catch her at The Hive for a special show next Saturday, July 19, 9 p.m.