The always-exciting vocalist and songwriter Janiva Magness has stepped out as an independent artist to release Original, her latest CD. It’s her 11th recording and you can read in her blog at about her leap of faith and her friendly parting of ways with Alligator Records. In a testament to her artistry and popularity, the disc debuted at #5 on the Billboard Blues Charts on the strength of her online outreach to fans.
She and her great band gig at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Wednesday, Sept. 10, 6-9 p.m. and play a special show hosted by the Blues Society of Omaha at Ozone inside Anthony’s Steakhouse, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m. For details see and

Blues Blast Awards
Two local artists are nominated for the national Blues Blast Magazine’s Music Awards. The winners are decided by public voting, which ends Sept. 15. Both Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers and Shawn Holt & The Teardrops are nominated for the best New Artist Debut Album. Holt is also nominated for the Sean Costello Rising Star Award. You can vote at

Cowtown Jamborama
The Omaha Jitterbugs hosts their 12th annual Jazz & Swing Dance Festival Sept. 11-14. Cowtown Jamborama features national and international dance instructors and draws participants from across the region. If you’ve never tried partner dancing, the Saturday “beginner fast track,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m., promises to get you on the dance floor with all the Lindy Hop basics. For roots music fans, the event is notable for its top-flight jazz and roots bands. This year Jamborama features the hot jazz of the Twin Cities’ Robert Bell Uptown Swing Combo Friday night at the Eagles Club Ballroom, 24th & Douglas. There are more performances throughout the weekend by Bell plus Falty & The Defects, Little Harper Big Band and The 24th Street Wailers.
Lessons and dances take place at several locations around town and you can go to just one dance, selected lessons or do the whole weekend. Find all the details at

Hot Notes
The 21st Saloon presents rockin’ blues guitarist Chris Duarte Thursday, Sept. 11, 6-9 p.m.
Gerardo Meza’s Birthday Songwriters Night is at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Wednesday, Sept. 10, 9:30 p.m. with music from Meza, Lloyd McCarter, Mike Semrad, Jon Dell and Matt Cox
Matt Cox Band has a free show at Harney Street Tavern, 1215 Harney St., Friday, Sept. 12, 8 p.m. 
The Sunday Roadhouse concert series has released its list of fall shows. Check out the schedule at

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