Tab Benoit mixes sweaty blues with his Cajun and Zydeco folk heritage for a rockin’ sound that is as steamy as the Louisiana swamps and irresistibly danceable. He heats up The 21st Saloon Thursday, March 8, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Benoit is a Grammy nominee and multiple Blues Music Award winner, including the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award. He was also recently recognized with three awards including Best Blues Band from New Orleans’ Offbeat magazine. See tabbenoit.com for more.
Coming 5:30 p.m. Thursday shows at The 21st Saloon include Kansas City’s Nace Brothers March 15. The soulful Janiva Magness is up March 22. Magness is the only female recipient of the Blues Music Award’s prestigious B.B. King Entertainer of the Year award besides the late great Koko Taylor. The Bel Airs boogie down on March 29.
The Zoo is offering more early shows so check their schedule at zoobar.com so you don’t miss a good show. The Bel Airs, for example, are set to play 6-9 p.m. Saturday, March 11, after playing a 9 p.m. show Friday, March 10.
Dance-floor roots favorites the Tijuana Gigolos gig 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 10. The Zoo is also trying roots-Americana bands 6-9 p.m. Thursdays. Thursday, March 9, 6-9 p.m., catch the folk and bluegrass of new band The Bottle Tops. Hear samples at soundcloud.com/thebottletops.
Last week this column mentioned a name change for the Lil’ Slim Blues Band, but Hoodoo subsequently learned that the band has decided to stick with the Lil’ Slim Blues Band name. Catch them at the Zoo March 8, 9 p.m.
Next Wednesday, March 14, Nick Moss & the Flip Tops play 6-9 p.m. Moss has added some walloping blues-rock grooves to his guitar repertoire and is touring in support of Hear I Am (Blue Bella Records). The Baltimore Blues Society says “Chicago bluesman Nick Moss repeatedly slams you up against a wall of big, burly sound.”
California-based blues sensation Candye Kane is dealing with a second battle with pancreatic cancer. Her friends are working on events to help with the costs of her April surgery. Find out more at concertforcandye.com.
HearNebraska.org celebrates its first anniversary this month. Be sure to stop over and check out the articles, blogs and videos on a broad spectrum of Nebraska music.
Matt Cox gigs Thursday, March 15, at Barley Street Tavern with Edward Spencer and Great American Desert.
The Blues Society of Omaha presents a special show with two-time International Bues Challenge winner the Lionel Young Band Friday night, Marcn 9, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Shamrock’s Bar, 103rd & Fort.