The 21st Saloon hosts some great music this month including award-winning soul-blues man John Németh Thursday, Oct. 6, and Texas blues-rocker Hamilton Loomis Thursday, Oct. 13. Kansas City’s Old No. 5’s perform Saturday, Oct. 15. Glorious songwriter Romi Mayes plays Wednesday, Oct. 19. Incredibly talented keyboard player and singer-songwriter Scottie Miller and his great band make a rare appearance Thursday, Oct. 20. K.C.’s guitar-driven Brandon Miller Band is up Oct. 27. The Cedric Burnside Project performs Thursday, Nov. 3. Burnside is the grandson of the late, acclaimed bluesman R.L. Burnside and is also a four-time winner of the Blues Music Award for Best Drummer. Thursday shows are 6-9 p.m. Saturday shows are 8-10 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Follow The 21st Saloon Facebook page for event listings.

Fall Music of Note

The annual Lincoln Calling event brings artists from many genres to multiple venues in downtown Lincoln Oct. 6-8. Of special note for roots fans is the headlining appearance by soul legend Charles Bradley and his band The Extraordinaires Saturday, Oct. 8, 10 p.m. at The Bourbon. The event also includes comedy and visual art. See for artists, venues and ticket prices. WRITER’S UPDATE: Charles Bradley was forced to cancel his appearance due to health problems and a diagnosis of stomach cancer. For more on Bradley’s condition please see

The third annual Toast of the Old Market happens Saturday, Oct. 8, with free live music at 11th & Howard St. from Kris Lager Band, Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal, Matt Wallace & Fusion Force, Matt Cox and Luigi Inc.

The hard-driving blues of Alligator Records’ Moreland & Arbuckle is spotlighted Saturday, Oct. 8, at Kaneko as part of a benefit event for Taysia Blue Huskey & Malamute Rescue. See for details.

The second annual Blues & Barbecue Harvest Party and fundraiser for the Florence Mill and No More Empty Pots happens Oct. 9, at the Florence Mill, 9102 N. 30th Street. Blues and boogie-woogie master Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne performs. The smooth and sharp-dressing Wayne is a multiple-award winner who Living Blues magazine calls “an artist bringing the piano back to the front ranks of contemporary blues.” See The $40 ticket includes world-class blues plus barbecue from Fat BBQ Shack and TLC Downhome Foods. Proceeds go to benefit the Florence Mill and No More Empty Pots. See  WRITER’S NOTE: This event has been moved to the rooftop of Blatt Beer & Table, 610 N. 12th St. All tickets must be purchased by close of business Friday, Oct. 7. See the Facebook event page for details. 

Zoo Bar Blues

Highlights on the calendar for Lincoln’s Zoo Bar include The Bel Airs Wednesday, Oct. 12. Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas rock the house Thursday, Oct. 13, 9:30 p.m. The 24th Street Wailers gig Wednesday, Oct. 26. Southern Califorinia’s kings of western swing and roots-rock, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, play Thursday, Oct. 27. These shows are 6-9 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Watch for late-breaking shows.

J.D. McPherson Rocks

Roots music rising star J.D. McPherson hits the Waiting Room Tuesday, Oct. 11, with openers the Barkum Boys. McPherson’s rave-up recordings soaked in classic roots sounds are produced by Chicago roots scene mainstay Jimmy Sutton who also plays bass in the band. See what kind of raw and righteous sounds McPherson throws down at

Blue Heaven in Kansas

One of the biggest Midwest events celebrating traditional blues happens down the road from us in Salina, KS, at Blue Heaven Studios Oct. 21 and 22. The 19th Annual Blues Masters at The Crossroads features two nights of renowned blues artists on two stages including Sunpie Barnes, Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite, Diunna Greenleaf and more. Get all the details at

Nebraska Blues Challenge

The Blues Society of Omaha hosts their annual Nebraska Blues Challenge to select one local band to represent the BSO at the 2017 International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, organized by the Blues Foundation. Watch for updates on the events, which will be held at The 21st Saloon. Last year’s winning group, Hector Anchondo Band, went all the way to the IBC finals. They created quite a buzz among fans and earned a slot as one of the eight finalists vying for the winner’s title in the 2016 IBC out of over 250 acts. See for more information.

Hot Notes

Mark your calendar now for the one and only Paladins, playing two shows at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar, Monday and Wednesday, Nov. 15 and 17.

St. Paul & The Broken Bones hit Sokol Hall Tuesday, Oct. 25, 8 p.m.

The Omaha Jitterbugs celebrate Halloween with a costume dance featuring live music from rave-up rockabilly band the 24th Street Wailers, Friday, Oct. 28, 9 p.m., in the ballroom at the Eagle’s Hall, 24th & Douglas.

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