This Saturday, Oct. 20, 8 p.m., Lincoln’s Zoo Bar and Bourbon Theatre present two legends of American roots music: Dr. John and The Blind Boys of Alabama at the Bourbon Theatre. They will be performing together in what is billed as a “Spirituals to Funk” celebration of jazz, blues and gospel. Either act is a show-stopper on their own, together this promises to be a truly electrifying, don’t miss night of music. See or the Zoo Bar for tickets.

O’Halloran’s Blues Vacation

Longtime Omaha venue owner and former Blues Society of Omaha president Terry O’Halloran this week announced his new venture. It’s a three-day Las Vegas blues festival at the Rio All-Suites Hotel, Sept. 15-17, 2013. See The hotel will host all the music on various stages with 20 bands planned.

O’Halloran told me, “huge fests can be pretty uncomfortable. Las Vegas Blues Vacation will be the opposite with hotel rooms an elevator ride away…it will be a mix of my favorite touring blues acts and bigger acts that play 3,000 plus [capacity concert halls]. We are going to limit attendance to 3,500, only selling tickets with hotel packages, so it will not be too crowded.”

O’Halloran’s excellent taste in music and long association with top-flight blues artists and agents is sure to mean a true world-class event. O’Halloran, who plans to continue living in Austin, was honored by the national Blues Foundation with the 2007 Keeping the Blues Alive Promoter of the Year Award.

Zoo Bar

Lincoln’s Zoo Bar has some great upcoming shows including Pete Watters‘ birthday celebration Thursday, Oct.18, 6-9 p.m. with Brad Cordle Band. East Coast jump-blues singer Gina Sicilia is scheduled Monday, Oct. 22, 6-8 p.m., followed by the Zoo Bar House Band. Wednesday, Oct. 24, Larry Garner plays 6-9 p.m. Mark your calendar now for Dave Gonzalez and his Stone River Boys Friday, Oct. 26, 9-11 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 27, in a special 3-6 p.m. show prior to the Husker game, which will be shown on the big screen. Kris Lager Band will play post-game.

Hot Notes

The 21st Saloon presents Oregon’s Too Slim & The Taildraggers Thursday, Oct. 18, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Louisiana bluesman Larry Garner plays Thursday, Oct. 25. Chicago’s Rockin’ Johnny Burgin is gigging this weekend with the Honeyboy Turner Band. They play Friday, Oct. 19, at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar 5-7 p.m. and at Omaha’s Havana Garage Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 20, after 9 p.m. See

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