It’s a huge weekend for live roots music. Hullabaloo Music & Camping Festival is underway Friday and Saturday and the Donate Life Blues Fest brings the healing power of music to the River City Star grounds on Sunday.

Hullabaloo Music & Camping Festival is turning Sokol Park south of Bellevue into a celebration of music, friendship, love and, well, probably, sweat. Brandon Miller, former bassist for Kris Lager Band, and his wife now own Sokol Park and Miller does a great job of creating a magical, hippie-vibed setting for Hullaballoo each year. See a little video of the set up here.

National headliners include Indigenous on Friday and Samantha Fish on Saturday. Fish just released a brand new disc, Wild Heart, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart. Blues Music Magazine is currently offering a promo listen to two tracks from the disc here.

Here’s the Hullabaloo schedule:

Friday 7/24

3pm-4pm-Juicy Flows Yoga with Carli Cominoli

1:45-2:45-A Ferocious Jungle Cat


4:15-5-Slow Ya Roll


6:10-7:15-The Wondermonds

7:25-8:25-Leopold and His Fiction

8:35-9:40-Josh Hoyer & the Shadowboxers


11:15-12:30-Robert DeLong

12:30-2-Kris Lager Band


Saturday 7/25

10am-11am-Juicy Flows Yoga with Carli Cominoli

11:30am-12:30pm-Highest High Rejuvenation Class

12:30-1:30-Tucker Hill Citizens Brigade

1:45-2:45-White Wolf T-Shirt

3-4-Marcey Yates

4:15-5:15-Funk Trek

5:30-6:30-Samantha Fish

6:45-8-Henry + the Invisibles

8:15-9:30-Mike Dillon featuring Claude Coleman Jr of Ween, Nathan Lambertson, and Cliff Hines

9:45-11-Kris Lager Band

11:15-12:30-Nappy Roots



Additional Late Night Entertainment Provided by Black Betty and the Hillbilly Disco featuring performances by Amplifly, Blac, Destro, Qubit, and Mountain Williams

All times subject to change. Details at

Donate Life Blues Fest

Sunday, July 26, Donate Life Blues Fest takes over the tented pavilion at the River City Star on Omaha’s riverfront. Walter Trout will plug in his guitar for his first performance in Omaha since he received a life-saving liver transplant at Nebraska Medicine’s Lied Transplant Center on Memorial Day, 2014. Trout’s tour of the US began earlier this month. He takes the stage for his much-anticipated return to Omaha as a benefit and awareness event for Donate Life Nebraska. Trout’s wife Marie will be on hand for the event as will Dr. Dan Schafer, the specialist at Nebraska Medicine who treated both Trout and Curtis Salgado. Salgado received a liver transplant at the facility on Sept. 30, 2006 and has continued to continue his extremely successful blues career. It was Salgado who recommended the Trouts connect with Schafer and the Nebraska facility.

Multiple Blues Music Award winner and Alligator Records’ artists Tommy Castro & The Painkillers share the headlining spotlight. Castro’s set will include performances from special guests Billy Watts (who currently performs as part of Eric Burdon & The Animals, and whose other credits include working with Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Brown), L.A. vocalist Teresa James who works both as a backing vocalist for many notable artists and who leads her own band The Rhythm Tramps, and Terry Wilson who performs with both Teresa James and Eric Burdon & The Animals. Omaha’s own Brad Cordle will also join the guest artists.

The Trouts and co-event-organizers the Blues Society of Omaha and Playing With Fire want the community to know that organ donors save lives, like those of Trout and Salgado. And there are not enough donors now to help all those waiting for transplants. Donate Life Nebraska will be on hand to sign up donors and to provide more information to those who are interested in learning more about organ donation. Here are a few statistics from

One organ donor can save the lives of up to 50 people. In 2014, 36 Nebraskans died waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. Today, nearly 450 people in Nebraska are currently waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant.

Donate Life Blues Fest Event Details

Sunday, July 26, Gates Open at 1 p.m., Music Begins at 2 p.m.

at the River City Star tented Pavilion on Omaha’s riverfront at 151 Freedom Park Road, Omaha.

Tickets on sale now at

$25 in advance and $30 day of show.

Stage Schedule for Donate Life Blues Fest July 26th:

1PM: Gates OPEN

2:00pm Lauren Anderson Band (60 minutes)

3:15pm Terry Quiett Band Reunion (75 minutes)

5:00pm Tommy Castro And The Painkillers w/Special guests (see below)

7:00pm Walter Trout Band

To find out more about Trout’s “I’m Back” tour check out

8:30pm Ending Jam Hosted by Terry Quiett

Hot Notes

Brad Cordle & The Mighty Jailbreakers are up at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Friday, July 24, 5-7 p.m.

Tommy Castro & The Painkillers take over the Zoo Monday, July 27, 6-9 p.m.

The amazing Detroit soul-blues-R&B of Laura Rain and her band The Caesars hits the Zoo Bar Wednesday, July 29, 6-9 p.m. This band knocked me out at their recent 21st Saloon performance. Check them out now, they are an act that is going to be going places.

Oklahoma blues-rockers Scott Keeton Band return to The 21st Saloon next Thursday, July 30.

Mark your calendars, the stellar jump-blues, swingin’ blues and Chicago-style of Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones featuring Dennis Gruenling are back in the metro for a special show at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar next Monday, Aug. 3, 7-10 p.m.

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