January may bring the urge to enter into post-holiday hibernation, but there’s still lots of great national, regional and local music heating up area stages to keep you movin’ and groovin’.
The 21st Saloon, 96th & L, offers many audience favorites starting with the Danielle Nicole Band Thursday, Jan. 7. The former vocalist for Trampled Under Foot, Danielle Nicole has been generating plenty of audience and critical buzz on her own. The Danielle Nicole Band released Wolf Den, featuring Grammy-winning producer-guitarist Anders Osborne, in the fall of 2015.
Texas musician Hamilton Loomis is scheduled Saturday, Jan. 9. Kansas City’s The Nace Brothers plug in with their popular mix of originals and covers combining blues, folk and rock on Thursday, Jan. 14.
Saturday, Jan. 16, 6 p.m., the dance-floor-filling favorites The Bel Airs take the stage with their Delta blues, New Orleans’ rhythms and vintage R&B sounds. The Electric Church follows at 10 p.m. and this young group of blues-funk players includes BluesEd alums.
Thursday, Jan. 21, the 21st and the Blues Society of Omaha host an IBC send-off party for the Hector Anchondo Band. East Coast/Nashville-based soulful blues singer Gina Sicilia will open the night with a set at 6 p.m. The Hector Anchondo Band is representing the Blues Society of Omaha for the second year at the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis Jan. 26-30. This is a prestigious opportunity that truly can help advance a band’s national profile. Hector Anchondo Band made it to the semi-finals last year, making the cut from over 200 bands down to just 50 bands, and landed a national booking agent out of the playing and networking opportunities. See blues.org for more about the Blues Foundation and the IBCs. Follow Hector Anchondo Band on Facebook to keep up with the band’s experiences in Memphis.
Biscuit Miller & The Mix close out the month with a show Jan. 28. K.C.’s Nick Schnebelen Band featuring Omaha vocalist Heather Joan Newman, also an alum of the BluesEd program, plays The 21st Feb. 4. Local audiences know Schnebelen as the guitarist in the disbanded blues trio Trampled Under Foot.
Thursday shows at The 21st are 6-9 p.m. Saturday shows start at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted, like The Bel Airs 6 p.m. start time.
Zoo Bar Blues
Keep up with the Zoo Bar’s January shows at zoobar.com. A few highlights include the Danielle Nicole Band Wednesday, Jan. 6, 6-9 p.m., The Wondermonds Friday, Jan. 8, 9 p.m. and Chicago’s Rockin’ Johnny Burgin Wednesday, Jan. 13, 6-9 p.m. The month closes with the powerhouse double-bill of Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal and Kris Lager Band Saturday, Jan. 30, 9 p.m.
Folks who remember when Michael Campbell’s Mick’s was one of the early nightclubs and music venues in the Benson revitalization should mark their calendars for the Mick’s Reunion show Saturday, Jan. 16, at Reverb Lounge. The date marks six years since the venue closed. It is now The Sydney. The free Jan. 16 show at The Reverb features Mick’s regular performers Sarah Benck, Korey Anderson and Michael Campbell, plus “candlelit tables, just like old times.”
Blues vocalist Shemekia Copeland brings her extraordinary, powerful blues to the Holland’s 1200 Club Saturday, Jan. 30, 8 p.m. Copeland is a Grammy nominee for her 2015 recording Outskirts of Love (Alligator). She also received three Blues Music Award nominations this year including recognition in the prestigious, usually male-dominated B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year award category. See ticketomaha.com. WRITER’S UPDATE: My contacts at Omaha Performing Arts tell me tickets for this show are SOLD OUT.
The postponed Iris Dement show is rescheduled for The Waiting Room January 30.
Barley Street Tavern has a revamped website and plenty going on. Check out the updates at barleystreet.com.
Don’t forget the 10th Annual Omaha Entertainment & Arts Awards happen Sunday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m., at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Omaha, 1616 Dodge Street. See oea-awards.org.