Adams and Cooley Break Out with a Little Help from Their Friend Chip

They have made a lasting mark on the Omaha music scene and beyond.             Their skills are well known to be at the high end of the talent scale.             Now singer-guitarist Johnny Adams and guitar virtuoso Ron Cooley are at work on another project – or two.              So is their long-term friend, collaborator, […]

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The Joyous Music of New Orleans Comes to Loessfest with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band

            The Great American Rivers connect many things in this nation of ours. After the natural disasters of recent years, they provide a direct connection between Iowa, Omaha and New Orleans, home of The Preservation Hall Jazz Band.             New Orleans, Omaha and Iowa are now all too familiar with flooding. For the Crescent City, […]

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band

April 12 Preservation Hall Jazz Band Holland Performing Arts Center, 13th and Douglas Street 8 p.m., $25 – $65 (402) 345-0606, www.ticketomaha.com This is an American institution. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band got its start in 1961, but it grows out of a musical tradition at least a century in the making, and that is […]

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Pick: Savion Glover

January 31 Savion Glover Orpheum Theater, Slosburg Hall, 409 South 16th Street 7:30 p.m. Tickets $25 to $59 (402) 345-0606, www.ticketomaha.com He dances, he choreographs and he produces. The man also has been known to win a Tony Award. SoLe Sanctuary, Savion Glover’s latest offering, brings tap dancing to Omaha at its most stunning. On […]

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Pick: Zappa Plays Zappa

Dec. 9 Zappa Plays Zappa Whiskey Roadhouse at Horseshoe Casino Council Bluffs, 2701 23rd Avenue 8:30 p.m., $25 (712) 323-2500 www.ticketmaster.com, Whiskey Roadhouse kiosk Making his daddy proud, Dweezil Zappa takes to the stage to perform the music of his late father, Frank Zappa.  It’s been 19 years since the elder Zappa passed on, and […]

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Pick: Moody Blues

Dec. 10 Moody Blues Orpheum Theater, Slosburg Hall, 409 South 16th Street 7:30 p.m. Tickets $49 (402) 345-0606, www.ticketomaha.com Back in the days when The Moody Blues were regularly on the album charts, they were one of the bands our parents would say they liked. The reasons?  Great melodies and harmonies that frequently rocked. There […]

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Jazz Ace

Speaking from the New York studio where she was working with Bobby McFerrin on some overdubs, Esperanza Spalding said she is ready to make what she believes will be her first visit to Omaha.  “I think so,” she said.  “At least with my own band, for sure.” The 2011 Grammy winner for Best New Artist […]

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Pick: Ladysmith Black Mambazo

January 31 Ladysmith Black Mambazo Lied Center for the Performing Arts, 301 N. 12th St., Lincoln 7:30 p.m., $72-$223 402.472.4747 http://www.liedcenter.org/events Many of us first heard them on Paul Simon’s Graceland.  Do you remember your reaction? The rest of the world learned of them when they saw The Lion King.  But, wherever you first heard […]

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Chubby Night at the 1200 Club

January 21 Popa Chubby Holland Performing Arts Center, Scott Recital Hall, 13th and Douglas 8 p.m. $25 Advance, $30 show day (402) 345-0606, www.ticketomaha.com It’s another show in the outstanding 1200 Club series. Popa Chubby, the man The New York Times called “a post-modern Muddy Waters” brings his blues-rock act to downtown Omaha. One of […]

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