The 21st Saloon celebrates the return of the Gas House Gorillas Thursday, April 10, 6-9 p.m. The Brooklyn-based band calls their entertaining sound and style “punk Americana.” Rockabilly Magazine writes of the group, “This is what a popular culture roadmap might sound like. Find the jump-blues freeway, cut down the swing off-ramp, follow the rock ‘n’ roll backload and keep that radio at top volume, brother, every mile.” See gashousegorillas.org.
The 21st Saloon, 96th & L, hosts Texas guitarist Hamilton Loomis for a special show Saturday, April 12, at The 21st, 6-9 p.m. See hamiltonloomis.com.
Coming in the Thursday blues early shows is the always marvelous band The Bel Airs, who bring their Delta blues, vintage R&B, rock and New Orleans sounds to town April 17. Stellar Texas Jim Suhler is back Thursday, April 24 with his band Monkey Beat. He’s touring in support of his excellent new CD Panther Burn (Underworld Records). See jimsuhler.com. Suhler will also be at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Wednesday, April 23, 6-9 p.m.
Thursday, May 15, The 21st hosts an indoor-outdoor show featuring the wonderful Sue Foley & Peter Karp and their band. Foley has been a force on the blues scene for a number of years and her collaboration with Peter Karp has resulted in two excellent CDs on the Blind Pig label. See karpfoley.com.
There will also be a cool rockabilly night at The 21st May 29 with the amazing Nikki Hill, Scott Keeton Band and The Mezcal Brothers.
Old-school rockabilly and R&B artist J.D. McPherson is a must-see for roots fans. He gigs at Lincoln’s Bourbon Theatre Wednesday, April 16, with The Cactus Blossoms and Jack Hotel. McPherson’s band includes Jimmy Sutton, the award-winning bassist who has been known for his work with The Four Charms and as a co-founder of The Mighty Blue Kings. See jdmcpherson.com and bourbontheatre.com.
Joe Bonamassa plays the Music Hall Friday, April 11, 8 p.m. See ticketmaster.com. There’s a free pre-party at Venue 51 with Kansas City’s Brandon Miller Band beginning at 5 p.m.
BluesEd, the youth performance organization sponsored in part by the Blues Society of Omaha, has a showcase at McKenna’s Saturday, April 12, 1:30-7 p.m. featuring five youth bands. See bluesed.com.
Fine musicianship marks the genre-crossing music of Euforquestra, at Slowdown Thursday, April 10, 9 p.m. Americana songwriter William Elliott Whitmore plays the Waiting Room Saturday, April 12, 9 p.m. Honeyboy Turner Band hits Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Wednesday, April 16, 6 p.m.