In February the Lil’ Slim Blues Band competed in the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis. The Lil’ Slim Blues Band made it into the top 44 bands competing in the semi-finals. The Blues Society of Omaha is ramping up to host the second annual Nebraska Blues Challenge (NBC) that will select the band going to the IBCs next winter. Nebraska bands have until April 5 to register to participate in this year’s NBCs, which will be conducted in April and May. The winner will represent the BSO at the 2013 IBCs. For details and registration information contact Michelle Olmstead at email@example.com. For general info on the IBCs visit blues.org.
Jazz, R&B & Funk
Local sound man Jay Wilcher’s company EJS Sound, Concerts & Events hosts another musical party at Sokol Auditorium this Saturday, March 31, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. “A Night of Jazz, R&B and Funk Three” is part of Wilcher’s ongoing concept to showcase local Omaha talent, giving local bands the chance to perform on the big stage at Sokol with full, first-class lights and sound. Wilcher says the event is intended to be “for grown folks” and includes candlelit tables, cash bar and food for sale from It’s All Good Catering. Performances include jazz with Sax Keys, spoken word by Tyrone Harper, plus Midwest OG’s and Cymbolton. DJ Romeo hosts. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Advance tickets are available by calling 402-592-0037. Advance ticket purchases of eight or more tickets can get reserved table seating. You can also look up EJS Sound/Concerts & Events on Facebook.
Zoo Bar Music
Matt Cox and Kris Lager play Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Thursday, March 29, after 9 p.m. Old school Chicago blues from the Windy City’s Kilborn Alley Blues Band gets greasy at the Zoo Saturday, March 31, 9 p.m. One critic calls them “a deep dish Chicago version of the Fabulous Thunderbirds.” Everybody’s favorite swinemen Billy Bacon & The Forbidden Pigs reunite April 12-14.
The 21st Saloon twists and shouts with the boogie, blues and vintage rock of The Bel Airs Thursday, March 29, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Next week there are two early shows with phenomenal blues-rock guitarist Chris Duarte Wednesday, April 4, and J.P. Soars Thursday, April 5. All 21st shows begin at 5:30 p.m.
The fourth annual Jammin’ Away the Blues at Lincoln’s Bourbon Theatre features Louisiana’s Kenny Neal. See bourbontheatre.com.