This is it, you are holding the final issue of The Reader as a weekly print publication. In early January, you will find the new monthly Reader on the street. And you will find the weekly Hoodoo content you are familiar with here online only, so visit and bookmark the Hoodoo page. Look for expanded Hoodoo coverage in the new monthly publication too.

Blue Christmas

Kris Lager Band gigs at The Waiting Room for a rare hometown show Tuesday, Dec. 23, 9 p.m.  Shawn Holt continues the Christmas tradition started by his late father, Magic Slim, with a Lil’ Slim Blues Band show Christmas night, Dec. 25, 9 p.m. at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar.


Blues Society of Omaha’s BluesEd youth band Mojo Bag is representing the BSO in the Youth Showcase at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January. They have a show at The 21st Saloon Saturday, Dec. 27, 6-9 p.m. BluesEd is currently accepting applications from youth ages 12-18 for 2015 participation. See


Sunday, Dec. 28, Lincoln R&B band Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers takes over the front room at Slowdown. This is an early 7 p.m. show. Doors open at 6 p.m. All Young Girls Are Machine Guns shares the bill. They’ve been adding R&B and doo-wop to their sweet pop mix. See and

Hoyer & The Shadowboxers also play Lincoln’s Zoo Bar for New Year’s Eve, after 9 p.m. See The Shadowboxers’ new CD, Living by the Minute (Silver Street Records), releases nationally Jan. 13, 2015.

Holiday Hearings

Brad Hoshaw & The Seven Deadlies play Barley Street Tavern Friday, Dec. 26, 9 p.m. Also performing are the Matt Whipkey Duo, John Klemmensen & The Party and Matt Cox.

Check out Matt Cox’s excellent fall release Nishnabotna at Cox again proves himself to be one of our finest local roots songwriters. Cox’s terrific band is sweetened by some sizzling slide guitar work from Steve Byam.

Ring the New Year in at Barley Street with the Hank Williams Sr. New Year’s Eve Tribute anchored by the Dirty River Ramblers with guests including Brad Hoshaw, Nick Carl, Nic Johnson and more to be announced.

Zoo Blues

Brad Cordle & The Mighty Jailbreakers hit the stage at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Saturday, Dec. 27, 6-9 p.m. Watermelon Slim and Michael Newberry play an acoustic show at the club Tuesday, Dec. 30, 6-9 p.m. The Tijuana Gigolos get New Year’s Eve started early with a 5-7 p.m. show at the Zoo.

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