If you missed the Tab Benoit show at Slowdown last week, you missed one hell of a show from Grammy-nominee Benoit and a national-caliber set from opener Kris Lager Band. The Omaha band put down a sizzling set of rockin’ roots and blues music. The charismatic Benoit then treated the crowd to a two-hour plus show of his electrifying Cajun-inflected Louisiana blues. He invited Lager up on stage for what turned into an extended guest slot. You can find a video of the excellent interplay between the two on youtube, search for “Tab Benoit “Medicine” with Kris Lager.”
Kris Lager Band has multiple gigs around the area coming up, including the Kris Lager Big Band at Waiting Room Wednesday, Dec. 21, and at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Thursday, Dec. 22, (9:30 p.m.). See krislagerband.com for more.
Blues Music Awards
Speaking of Benoit, he is nominated for four Blues Music Awards including the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year award. The nominations were announced last week and can be found at the Blues Foundation’s blues.org site. The awards will be given out May 10 in a ceremony in Memphis. Hadden Sayers’ beautiful song “Back to the Blues” is among the nominations for Song of the Year. Sayers is scheduled to perform at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Wednesday, Jan. 4, and at the 21st Saloon Thursday, Jan. 5. Another local favorite, Curtis Salgado, is again nominated in the best Soul-Blues Male Artist of the Year category, which he won in 2010.
Lincoln resident Magic Slim is nominated for Traditional Blues Male Artist, alongside artists like John Primer, who just performed locally, and the great Charlie Musselwhite. Newcomer Samantha Fish is among the Best New Artist nominees. She can be seen at the Zoo Wednesday, Dec. 28, 6-9 p.m. and at The 21st Saloon Thursday, Dec. 29, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
The Bel Airs play The 21st Saloon Thursday, Dec. 22, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Local sound engineer Jay Wilcher’s EJS Productions presents “A Night of Jazz, R&B, Funk & Dance” at Sokol Auditorium Friday, Dec. 23, 9 p.m. including sax man Ed Archibald, plus Cymbolton. Boss Philly and more. For more info call 402-592-0037.
Lincoln’s Zoo Bar presents Lil’ Slim Blues Band Thursday, Dec. 22, 6-9 p.m.. and Magic Slim at 5 p.m. Friday Dec. 23, with the Mezcal Brothers after 9 p.m. Dec. 25 it’s the Christmas tradition of Magic Slim and Sons at 9 p.m.