Tinsley Ellis rocks The 21st Saloon Thursday, Aug. 9, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Ellis is on the road in support of his eleventh CD release, Speak No Evil (Alligator). Rolling Stone magazine calls Ellis’ fretboard work “feral blues guitar” adding “non-stop gigging has sharpened his six-string to a razor’s edge…he achieves pyrotechnics that rival early Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton.”
Next Wednesday, Aug. 15, Eric Sardinas heats up the Zoo, 6-9 p.m. The hard-to-quantify Sardinas plays blistering old-school slide with a hard-rock aesthetic and a dramatic stage persona. Other shows at the Zoo this week include Tijuana Gigolos Friday, Aug. 10, 5-7 p.m. They just released their latest CD Shotgun. Late night Friday it is The Betties and Dastardly. Saturday, August 11, the youth bands of Academy of Rock are showcased 6-8 p.m. Brad Cordle Band plays at 9 p.m.
HOME for Lavelle White
There’s not always a chance to write about what is going on nationally, but some of the Austin music scene’s best-known women have joined together to help 83-year-old blues woman Lavelle White. She moved to Louisiana to live with a cousin who unfortunately passed away. White returned to Austin with only a few possessions and in need of help. Austin music mainstays including Marcia Ball, Carolyn Wonderland, Susan Antone and Ruthie Foster have created HOME or Housing Opportunities for Musicians & Entertainers to help White, and ultimately to help other Austin musicians in need. For more information check out Facebook.com/HousingOpportunitiesForMusiciansAndEntertainers.
Ribfest happens in Lincoln Aug. 9-12 with lots of good music including one of the final shows by Sons of 76 Thursday night, 7 p.m. VIsit pershingcenter.com/ribfest for all the details.
Guitarist Eric Jerardi and his band gig at Gator O’Malley’s Thursday, Aug. 9, 9 p.m.
The OK Sisters play Heartland Cafe Saturday, Aug. 11, see heartlandcafe.net. Next Thursday, Aug. 16, at The 21st Saloon it’s highly entertaining Texas singer-songwriter Randy McAllister featuring guitarist Buddy Whittington, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
B.B. King and Robert Cray play Lincoln’s Pinewood Bowl Thursday, Aug. 16, and Mumford & Sons perform Monday, Aug. 20. See pinewoodbowltheater.com.
The Blues Society of Omaha presents outstanding singer-songwriter-guitarist Carolyn Wonderland Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Waiting Room. Lincoln’s Cold in Hand opens at 5 p.m.
The Bluemasters Concert Friday, Aug. 31, at Lincoln’s Haymarket Park features The Allman Brothers, Mick Fleetwood, Leon Russell, Elvin Bishop, Otis Taylor & Eric Gales. See Facebook.com/TheBluesmastersConcert.