March brings the long-overdue return of Dave Alvin to local stages, joined by big brother and fellow Blasters founder Phil Alvin along with The Guilty Ones, Dave’s electric band. Dave and Phil Alvin and The Guilty Ones play Sunday Roadhouse at The Waiting Room Wednesday, March 2, 7:30 p.m., and Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Thursday, March 3, 6-9 p.m. Advance tickets for both shows have been on sale for a while. Check for Waiting Room tickets and for Zoo Bar tickets. Dave and Phil are touring in support of their second musical collaboration in recent years, Lost Time (YepRoc). Expect a mix of classic Blasters’ tunes, old-school blues, Dave’s solo work and recent Blasters’ material in an epic acoustic, electric and electrifying brotherly throw-down.

Zoo Bar Music

Lincoln’s Zoo Bar has a huge first week of March with Dale Watson March 1, Coco Montoya March 2, and Chris Duarte March 4, 5-7 p.m. John Németh plays Wednesday, March 9, Samantha Fish plugs in Thursday March, 17, followed by Kris Lager Band at 9 p.m. 24th Street Wailers are booked Wednesday, March 23, Billy Bacon is back March 24 and 26 and Tinsley Ellis is up Monday, March 28. Zoo Bar House Band’s own Tim Budig has a CD release party for the Tim Budig Band’s debut CD Saturday, March 12, 6 p.m. See for the full schedule. Shows above are 6-9 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Németh & Zito Double-Bill

Blues Society of Omaha president Mark Grubbs is celebrating his 60th Birthday by hosting a concert at the downtown DoubleTree by Hilton ballroom, 1616 Dodge St., Saturday, March 12, 6 p.m.-12 a.m. John Németh Band and Mike Zito & The Wheel both will play separate three-hour sets. Tickets are $40 each and are available at Find out more about the organization at

21st Saloon Blues

The 21st Saloon is throwing more Saturday blues shows into the mix with some extraordinary talent including a special St. Patrick’s night show with New Orleans’ keyboard wizard Joe Krown featuring fellow NOLA legends Walter “Wolfman” Washington on guitar and Russell Batiste on percussion. They are a Sunday night staple at New Orleans’ Maple Leaf Bar. OffBeat Magazine says the trio is “a killer collaboration between three of New Orleans greatest players!” This show is a don’t-miss for funk and New Orleans’ R&B fans.

Here’s the rest of The 21st Saloon March schedule. Thursday shows are 6-9 p.m., Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 3, Chris Duarte Group plugs in with virtuoso guitar and rockin’ blues. Saturday, March 5, Omaha’s own Kris Lager Band takes the stage. Thursday, March 10, the masterful soul-R&B of guitarist-vocalist Johnny Rawls takes the spotlight. Blues Music Award winner Rawls released his latest disc, Tiger in a Cage (Catfood Records) in mid-February. See

The previously mentioned Joe Krown Trio funks things up Thursday, March 17. Saturday, March 19, it’s the explosive blues guitar and powerhouse stage show of K.C.’s own Samantha Fish. Thursday, March 24, The 24th Street Wailers are back with their dangerously fine rockabilly music. Saturday, March 26, K.C.’s Katy Guillen & The Girls return with power-trio blues-rock. Thursday, March 31, Ghost Town Blues Band is up and Saturday, April 2, the magnificent soul-blues of Laura Rain & The Caesars is back.

Hot Notes

Fremont’s Corner Bar is booking local and regional blues bands of note. Follow their schedule at

Hector Anchondo Band made the cut from over 200 bands down to the prestigious final eight at this year’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January. Follow the band at

Force of nature Mavis Staples has teamed up with rock legend Nick Lowe and their exciting tour hits Omaha Thursday, March 10, 7:30 p.m. at the Holland Performing Arts Center. See

Billy Bacon plays Omaha and the Jitterbugs Night Out dance Friday, March 25, 9 p.m. at 24th & Douglas See

Subscribe to The Reader Newsletter

Our awesome email newsletter briefing tells you everything you need to know about what’s going on in Omaha. Delivered to your inbox every day at 11:00am.

Become a Supporting Member

Subscribe to and become a supporting member to keep locally owned news alive. We need to pay writers, so you can read even more. We won’t waste your time, our news will focus, as it always has, on the stories other media miss and a cultural community — from arts to foods to local independent business — that defines us. Please support your locally-owned news media by becoming a member today.

Leave a comment