Lincoln’s Tijuana Gigolos make a rare Omaha appearance Thursday, Aug. 6, 6:30-9:30 at Ozone at Anthony’s. The Gigolos are some of Lincoln’s best musicians and the band plays a great blend of Americana-roots originals, putting on a fun and danceable show. The band has been on the scene since 2001 and has released three CDs. Their roots-blues sound is inspired by artists like Dave Alvin, Billy Bacon, Chris Gaffney, Los Lobos and The Blazers. Find them here on Facebook.
Nashville Guitar Slinger
The 21st Saloon presents Nashville-based guitarist Stacy Mitchhart Thursday, Aug. 6, 6-9 p.m. The latest issue of Living Blues magazine praises Mitchhart for his “bold, earthy blues sensibility” and says of his latest CD, “with agile, confident musicianship in spades, Live My Life, captures the artist doing just that.” Mitchhart and his band put on a highly entertaining show. When they are at home, Mitchhart’s group is one of the regular house bands at Nashville’s Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar where he has crafted his personal brand of showmanship with flash suits and style. In his bio, Mitchhart says of his show “I want people when they walk out of there [to think] that not only did they get their money’s worth, but if they had paid twice or three times that amount, they would feel that got their money’s worth.” Click here for more.
California’s The 44’s plays The 21st Saloon Tuesday, Aug. 11, 6-9 p.m., see below. Thursday, Aug. 13, the Johnny Rawls Blues Review plugs in at The 21st. Rawls is a veteran soul-blues man who has won numerous Living Blues magazine awards and racked up a number of Blues Music Award nominations.
The 44’s Big Sound
Next Tuesday, Aug. 11, The 21st brings Southern California’s The 44’s to the club. This band plays a stripped-down, revved-up brand of straight-ahead blues with sonic roots in both the greaser rockabilly bands of California and the Chicago blues scenes. The great California guitarist Kid Ramos has produced the band in the studio and says of The 44’s “They play like their life depends on it and you can quote me.” The 44’s also hit the Zoo Bar in Lincoln Wednesday, Aug. 12, 6-9 p.m. See the44sbluesband.com.
Blue House’s 25 Years of Blues
Omaha’s Blue House & The Rent To Own Horns celebrate 25 years of making blues music live and local with a new CD released in July called At The Pit. The band plays Ameristar Casino Saturday, Aug. 8, 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. At The Pit was recorded live at John Hargiss‘ new space in the 40th Street Theater at 40th & Hamilton, see hargissstrings.com. The band put thought into how to celebrate 25 years. They prepared by revisiting tunes from their past and adding them to their sets. “The response was great,” said Blue House founder Joe Putjenter via email, “But maybe more important is we were having fun again. it just plain felt good to play them again. Putjenter has been behind the drum kit and the vocal mic since day one. “The whole project was incredibly fun and easy,” Putjenter says. “The band had so much fun creating the new songs, that we’re already excited about the next project. And, almost by accident, or fate, it turned out to be a good reflection of our last 25 years.” The CD also includes a tribute to Putjenter’s mother, Mary Jo, who passed away in 2013. Putjenter says his mother “was our biggest fan, it was beyond incredible to see how emotional the band was in helping arrange the song.” Find out more, get the disc and see where the band is playing at bluehouseblues.com.
Zoo Bar Music
This Friday, Aug. 7, The Mezcal Brothers play the early show 5-7 p.m. Then popular vocalist Danielle Nicole from Trampled Under Foot takes the stage at 9 p.m. with her new project, the Danielle Nicole Band. Their new CD, Wolf Den, is out on Concord Music Group later this month. The vocalist, bassist and bandleader was recently named one of the Top 40 Modern Blues Artists for 2015 by Alternate Root magazine. See daniellenicolekc.com. Lincoln’s Zoo Bar twangs it up with Austin band The Derailers, playing Tuesday, Aug. 11, 6-9 p.m. Mark your calender for the “Super Friday Afternoon Club” Friday, Aug. 14, starting at 5 p.m. and playing until late. Blues-rocker Tinsley Ellis and audience favorites The Bel Airs will both perform with one low admission for both shows. Upcoming Zoo shows of note include blues great Maria Muldaur booked for Saturday, Oct. 3, 9 p.m. Blues veteran and Zoo Bar favorite James Harman is scheduled to play the club Thursday, Oct. 15, 6-9 p.m. See zoobar.com for details and schedule updates.
Country music legend Loretta Lynn performs Friday, Aug. 7, 8 p.m. at Omaha’s Holland Performing Arts Center. Check for tickets at ticketomaha.com or at 402.345.0606.
The Blues Society of Omaha (BSO) has launched a new website featuring an expanded calendar section. You can also use the site to sign up to volunteer with the BSO for upcoming events or to receive the biweekly eblast that is sent directly to your inbox with the latest blues gig news. Check out omahablues.com.
Steve Byam‘s 40SINNERS busts out Byam’s raw, old-school, guitar-driven blues at Harney Street Tavern Thursday, Aug. 6, 9 p.m.
Ross Kleiner & The Thrill are set to rock the Jitterbugs Night out with their rockabilly. The Minneapolis band plays for the Omaha Jitterbugs’ weekly dance Friday, Aug. 14, 9 p.m. They also gig Sunday, Aug. 16, 6-9 p.m. at The 21 st Saloon with Lash LaRue & The Hired Guns.
Hoodoo favorite Johnny Boyd is back at The Reverb Lounge Tuesday, Sept. 8, 8 p.m. Boyd, the former frontman of Indigo Swing, mixes up Indigo Swing classics with new material. He’s an expressive vocalist in the old crooner style and his band is top-flight. Boyd his current band will be debuting material off their brand new recording that will be releasing just around the tour dates.