Playing With Fire promoter Jeff Davis has two more concerts planned to generate funds for his tenth anniversary summer event planned for the weekend of July 13, 2013. Feb. 9 at Slowdown, Davis presents Cassie Taylor & the Soul Cavalry opening for Ben Poole. Davis says, “Poole is from Brighton, England, and is currently the hot ticket in Europe. He won third at the 2012 European Blues Challenge in Berlin. In my mind he was the winner and that is why I booked him…It will be his first performance in the U.S.A.” April 26 at Slowdown, Davis showcases the Kris Lager Band opening for Otis Taylor. Watch for ticket sales details.
Zoo Bar Music
There is lots of great music through the holiday season at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar. Sweet Basil of The Derailers and Gina Lee play a duo show Dec. 27, 6-9 p.m. The Fab-Tones take the stage Friday, Dec. 28, 5-7 p.m. Then catch the debut of Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers, 9 p.m. The Bel Airs plug in Saturday, Dec. 29, 9 p.m. New Year’s Eve at the Zoo offers a double-header with the Tijuana Gigolos playing 5-8 p.m. and the stomping tractor-punk-country of 40/20, 9:30 p.m. See zoobar.com for details.
Coming shows of note include blues great Lucky Peterson at the Holland Performing Arts Center’s 1200 Club Saturday, Jan. 19.
Roots music fans may also want to check out the touring company of Memphis, the winner of the 2010 Tony Award for Best Musical. The production is set in the 1950s in Memphis, Tenn., and explores the musical melting pot of blues and country that carved out a new sound for American music. The musical runs at The Orpheum Tuesday, Jan. 15-Sunday, Jan. 20.
Wednesday, Feb. 6, catch Blues at the Crossroads at the Holland Center with an amazing array of musicians including The Fabulous Thunderbirds with Kim Wilson, contemporary roots artist J.J. Grey, and blues veterans Jody Williams, Bob Margolin and James Cotton in a tribute to Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf.
See omahaperformingarts.org for details on all these shows.
Dec. 28 Slowdown puts several local bands on the big stage. Matt Cox performs along with a reunion of The Jazzwholes and Lizard King.
The 21st Saloon hosts Biscuit Miller & The Mix Thursday, Dec. 27, 5:30-8:30 p.m. and presents Hamilton Loomis Friday, Dec. 28, 6 p.m.
Kris Lager Band plays New Year’s Eve at Lincoln’s Bourbon Theatre, 9 p.m.