The 33rd Annual Blues Music Awards were handed out in Memphis Thursday, May 10. Multiple awards went to Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi and their Tedeschi Trucks Band. Another multiple-award winner is Tab Benoit, whose honors included the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year award. See blues.org for the complete list of winners.
Curtis Salgado took home the Soul Blues Male Artist award and appears in the metro Sunday, August 5, as part of the second annual Hullabaloo festival. See hullabaloomusicfestival.com. Multiple BMA nominee Tommy Castro rocks Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Monday, June 4, 6-9 p.m.
Nebraska Blues Challenge
The Blues Society of Omaha presents the finals of the Nebraska Blues Challenge Sunday, May 20, 5 p.m. at The 21st Saloon. Performing are Lil’ Slim Blues Band (5 p.m.), Levi William (6:10 p.m.) and Brad Cordle Band (7:20 p.m.)
Ten bands participated in three preliminary rounds. The bands receiving the most points from judges in each round advance to the final. The winner of the Nebraska Blues Challenge will represent the Blues Society of Omaha in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis early in 2013. See blues.org.
Friday, May 18, Tijuana Gigolos play 5-7 p.m. and Lil’ Slim Blues Band performs after 9 p.m. Youth band Cold in Hand plugs in Saturday, May 19, 6-9 p.m. This band has some incredibly talented young musicians, check them out. The rockabilly of The Red Elvises takes the Zoo stage Sunday, May 20, 6-9 p.m. Sons of 76 plays Wednesday, May 23, 6-9 p.m.
The fundraising campaign for restoration of the Benson Theatre held its final brunch Sunday, May 12, raising over $6000 toward the project. Donations are still needed to make this dream a reality. See bensontheatre.org for information.
21st Saloon 5:30 p.m. Thursday shows feature Chicago’s Sarah & The Tallboys with blues & Americana Thursday, May 17. Brad Cordle Band appears next Thursday, May 24.
Sioux City Live Music Club presents Alejandro Escovedo in an acoustic duo concert Friday, May 18. See siouxcitylive.com.
Matt Cox and Josh Hoyer play at Mojo’s in AkSarBen Village Friday, May 18, 9 p.m. Kris Lager Band and Funk Trek gig at The Waiting Room Friday, May 18. Also Friday, May 18, Kansas’ Terry Quiett Band plays Harrah’s Stir Bar and Big Sam’s Funky Nation is at the Holland’s 1200 Club.
New Orleans’ Anders Osborne gigs at The Waiting Room Tuesday, May 22, 9 p.m.