Swing into Summer

Summer music gets into full swing, starting with Summer Arts Festival June 7-9 featuring some great roots and blues talents including San Francisco’s The Lucky Losers Saturday, June 8, 3 p.m. and Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band Saturday, 9 p.m. See summerarts.org/music for all the details. This year’s event moves to Mike Fahey […]

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Local Roots Run Deep

In conjunction with The Reader’s annual music issue, I was asked to come up with some top local roots bands. In no particular order, here are six local bands that I return to again and again for solid, heartfelt, original roots music. Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal I think the first time I heard Josh Hoyer […]

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A Month Just Made for Live Music

The BSO Presents Thursday series continues at Chrome Lounge with rich blues vocals front and center when Gracie Curran & The High Falutin’ Band return Thursday, May 2. The Chris O’Leary Band is not to be missed with a festival-caliber show featuring the versatile, riveting soul-blues vocals of O’Leary, who was the singer for Levon […]

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Clubs & Festivals

Summer festival season is around the corner and the buzz is already on for this year’s Zoo Bar anniversary Zoo Fest in Lincoln. Headlining the two-day street festival is Mavis Staples and her great band featuring Rick Holmstrom and members of the Staples family. Staples is a true creative force of nature and a don’t-miss […]

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Hoodoo: Rewind / Play

In line with this anniversary issue’s theme of looking back on the scene, it seems like a great opportunity to mention two documentary productions in the works about iconic local music venues. “ Bowling with the Biggest Bands in the World: The Story of the Ranch Bowl” began filming in Feb. under the […]

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Warming Up

There is big news this month for fans of live music. The Jewell is a new club in the Capitol District dedicated to jazz that will also play blues and related genres. The Jewell is named for Jimmy Jewell, who ran the renowned Dreamland Ballroom in Omaha, in the still-standing Jewell Building at 2221 N […]

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Get It Live

January kicks off with great opportunities to get out of the house and support live music. Saturday, Jan. 5, MusicFestOmaha presents The Blues at the Metro. 2018 International Blues Challenge winners the Keeshea Pratt Band from Houston perform at 7 p.m. Pratt is a dynamic vocalist and band leader and the band features a great […]

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Giving Joy

Several home-grown projects created to give to others during the holidays highlight December’s calendar. Lash LaRue’s annual Toy Drive for Pine Ridge presents a variety of events to bring toys to the children on the reservation and to provide funds for the emergency propane fund that helps elders and families have adequate heating fuel for […]

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Musical Harvest

The Thursday early blues shows presented by the Blues Society of Omaha at Chrome Lounge kick off November with the return of the Heather Newman Band. Newman, now based in K.C., was just selected to represent the Kansas City Blues Society in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2019. Thursday, Nov. […]

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