The fifth Annual Jammin’ Away the Blues concert is this Saturday, April 13, at Lincoln’s Bourbon Theatre. The event is a benefit for the Mental Health Association of Nebraska. This year’s featured artists are Rockin’ Johnny & his Chicago Blues Revue. Rockin’ Johnny Burgin has been recognized on the Chicago blues scene for nearly 20 years. He began his career by playing in the West Side clubs, then went on to tour with legends like the late Pinetop Perkins and Sam Lay. Rockin’ Johnny is part of the respected Delmark Records blues label and was a session player for artists like Billy Boy Arnold and the late Paul DeLay. Johnny has been called the “modern king of the West Side Chicago Blues Guitar.” He brings two Chicago legends along: Tail Dragger and Mary Lane.
Tail Dragger, whose real name is James Yancy Jones, was in Howlin’ Wolf’s band, who gave him his nickname. Mary Lane is a vocalist who was a regular performer at the famed Theresa’s Lounge in the 1980s. She recorded for Chess & Vee-Jay Records and worked with Robert Nighthawk.
The Honeyboy Turner Band opens the show and will back these Chicago stars. Honeyboy Turner Band also has a CD release party at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Friday, April 12, 5-7 p.m.
Scott Kirk is the new owner of The 21st Saloon. The Thursday blues series continues. Kirk is stepping things up with an outdoor mini-festival Thursday, April 25, 5:30 p.m. with award-winning jump-blues and soul man John Nemeth plus the Dustin Pittsley Band and K.C.’s Brandon Miller Band. This Thursday, April 11, at The 21st don’t miss funk icon Bernie Worrell and his funk-R&B band. The 9’s open at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18 it’s guitar star Jimmy Thackery.
The band receiving the most points at Round Two of the Blues Society of Omaha’s Nebraska Blues Challenge April 7 was Hector Anchondo Band. The final round is April 21 at McKenna’s. The April 21 winner will join Anchondo and Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers in the finals May 19, 5 p.m., at The 21st Saloon.
Omaha Jitterbugs host a Sugar Foot Stomp dance at House of Loom Thursday, April 11, 8 p.m.
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band heats up the Holland Performing Arts Center Friday, April 12, 8 p.m.
Jimmy Thackery also plays Wednesday, April 17, at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar 6-9 p.m.