Minneapolis musician Scottie Miller hits The 21st Saloon Thursday, Dec. 13, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Miller’s day job is playing keyboards in Grammy nominee Ruthie Foster’s band. It’s a CD release party in support of his very fine new disc Rise Up. The CD showcases his excellent original tunes from funky New Orleans party boogies to introspective, thought-provoking songs set to sweeping arrangements with strings. This is a don’t-miss show for dedicated music fans.
The 21st Saloon has launched a Sunday music series. The bookings will be a mix of local and touring acts. Of special note is the rock and blues of Chicago’s The Steepwater Band Sunday, Dec. 16. Dirty Impound writes “fans of Mick Taylor-era Stones, early Hendrix and The Black Keys will eat this up with impolite gusto.” See steepwater.com.
The 21st also presents Hamilton Loomis in a special Friday show on Dec. 28, 6 p.m.
See omahablues.com for The 21st Saloon schedule updates.
Zoo Bar Blues
The Zoo Bar stacks up great shows including a Lincoln appearance by The Steepwater Band Saturday, Dec. 16, 9 p.m. The Lil’ Slim Blues Band and Matt Cox Band share the bill on Thursday, Dec. 13, 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, the Tijuana Gigolos get the party started 5-7 p.m. followed by the high-energy blues of Louisiana’s Josh Garrett Band. Garrett is a triple-threat with great guitar chops, soulful vocals and original songs.
Mark your calendars for Chicago’s Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials next Saturday, Dec. 22. Josh Hoyer & the Shadowboxers make their debut on Friday, Dec. 28, 9 p.m.
Graham’s Garage Sale
Jon Dee Graham delivered his anticipated soul-lifting show at Dean Dobmeier’s and Gary Grobeck’s Sunday Roadhouse at the Side Door Lounge Dec. 9. If you missed the wonderful show, preview Graham’s latest disc, Garage Sale, at jondeegraham.com. My face hurts from smiling. Mike June, touring with Graham, showcased some gritty, working man blues from his brand new disc Talkin’ Revolution Blues. See mikejune.com.
Samantha Fish gigs at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Wednesday, Dec. 19, 6-9 p.m. and at The 21st Saloon Thursday, Dec. 22, 5:30 p.m. She is this year’s Blues Foundation Blues Music Award winner for Best New Artist Debut.
Brad Hoshaw and Elizabeth Webb have collaborated with the Blue Barn Theatre’s Witching Hour to create and perform music for the original ghost story Grass So Tall, Sky So Black. Final performances are Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 & 15, 11 p.m. See facebook.com/bbwitchinghour.