The extremely talented, sassy and smoldering Cassie Taylor plays Lincoln’s Zoo Bar next Wednesday, Aug. 7, 6-9 p.m. Taylor and her band the Soul Cavalry also have an opening set at The 21st Saloon on Thursday, Aug. 8, 5:30 p.m.  The U.K.’s Bex Marshall is featured. Marshall is a nominee for Best Album of the Year and Best Female Vocalist in the British Blues Awards. She is making a name for herself with her earthy vocals and guitar skills, made even more interesting with her instrument of choice being an acoustic steel-top resonator. One critic describes her 2013 release House of Mercy as “Bonnie Raitt and Led Zep jamming in an Everglades moonshine joint.”

Eilen Jewell

Eilen Jewell’s haunting Americana takes the stage at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Thursday, Aug. 1, 6-9 p.m. Jewell has performed in Omaha several times as part of the Sunday Roadhouse series and her smoky, lyrical voice has won her fans from NPR to Tom Hanks.

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Brian Wheat Band

The Brian Wheat Band brings their pop-inflected folk to a couple of local multi-band line-ups. Catch them at Barley Street Tavern Saturday, Aug. 3, 9 p.m. and at Duffy’s in Lincoln Sunday, Aug. 4, 8 p.m. Wheat was filmed in 2011 by the Drunk Video tour. You can find the video on Love Drunk’s Youtube channel.

Hot Notes

The incomparable Bel Airs roots dance party hits The 21st Saloon Thursday, Aug. 1, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Hector Anchondo Band plays the Zoo Bar after 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1. Levee Town is at Elkhorn’s Heartland Café Saturday, Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m.

Matt Cox Band plays Barley Street Tavern Tuesday, Aug. 6, 9 p.m.

Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers play a hometown show at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Saturday, Aug. 3, after 9 p.m. The Shadowboxers take the big stage at Omaha’s Jazz on the Green next Thursday, Aug. 8, 7:30 p.m.

Inphase Car Audio presents a Rock & Blues Bash at Sumtur Amphitheater August 10. Headliners include The Bel Airs and Hamilton Loomis. See

40 Sinners brings their guitar-driven, gutbucket blues to McKenna’s Friday, Aug. 2, 7-10 p.m. 40 Sinners also has a gig as part of the Zoo Bar’s Thursday Afternoon Country Club series next Thursday, Aug. 8, 6-9 p.m.

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