Upcoming shows at The 21st Saloon include the funky blues of Biscuit Miller & The Mix Thursday, Oct. 30, 6-9 p.m. High-energy showman Miller is the 2012 Blues Music Award Winner for Bassist of the Year. See biscuitmiller.com. Performing Thursday, Nov. 6, is the Jeff Jensen Band, a 2014 nominee for Blues Blast Magazine’s Sean Costello Rising Star Award.
Blues Blast Awards
The Blues Blast Magazine Music awards were held Oct. 23 in Champaign, Ill. Josh Hoyer was in attendance, nominated for the Best New Artist Debut Album. Shawn Holt & The Teardrops took home that Best New Artist Debut Award. See bluesblastmagazine.com for the list of winners.
13th Floor Halloween
Veteran musicians Dave Robel, Allan Weber, Mike Keeling, Mark Simpkins and Brian Johnson are 2 Headed Dog. The band’s Halloween set list includes spooky songs from the iconic music catalog of zombies, aliens and spirits written by Austin’s famous punk-pop-rocker Roky Erickson. Their name comes from one of Erickson’s songs. See rokyerickson.net and facebook.com/2headeddog. They play Friday, Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m. at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar and again after 9 p.m. with Red Cities.
Reverb Lounge hosts a dance party Thursday, Oct. 30, 9 p.m. with music inspired by The Cramps. DJ DeLux Ivy (Lunchbox Benny) & Surreal The MC present The Cramps Ultra Twist Soirée spinning Cramps’ platters along with other rockin’ roots music. Admission is $3.
There’s no roots music involved but the Halloween event with arguably the most spine-tingling, spooky possibilities is the Vampyre Ball at the historic Joslyn Castle, Oct. 31, 7 p.m. It’s one of the concluding events of Jill Anderson’s Stoker Literary Festival celebrating Dracula literature and legends. General admission is $40 or $30 for castle members. See joslyncastle.com.
Sean Benjamin’s Services
The Zoo Bar’s benefit for Sean Benjamin’s final expenses was reported to be a great success. The celebration of life for Benjamin is Monday, Nov. 3, 1 p.m., at St. Paul Methodist Church, 1144 M St., Lincoln. A musical gathering follows at Duggan’s Pub, 440 S. 11th St., 4 p.m. till closing. Benjamin passed away of natural causes on Oct. 15, 2014.
California’s Life Leone hits Barley Street Tavern Saturday, Nov. 1, on his national tour. Leone’s jangly garage-Americana got its start when he met Kinks’ guitarist Nicky Hopkins. See lifeleone.com. The electrifying blues of Brandon Santini is up at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Wednesday, Nov. 5, and the raw roots-blues of Moreland & Arbuckle takes the Zoo stage Thursday, Nov. 6, both shows 6-9 p.m.