Hoodoo favorites Doug Deming, Dennis Gruenling & The Jewel Tones have one metro show Tuesday, July 1, 6-9 p.m. at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar. This band is a don’t-miss, stellar powerhouse of jump, swing and Chicago blues. Doug Deming’s versatile guitar chops were recognized with the 2013 Sean Costello Rising Star Award from Blues Blast Magazine. Dennis Gruenling’s fat-toned harmonica style is rooted in the great Chicago players. Gruenling received the 2013 Best Harp Player Jimi Award from Blues411.com. Check reverbnation.com/dougdemingdennisgruenling.
Playing With Fire Thursday
Promoter Jeff Davis’ first of two summer Playing With Fire concerts is this Thursday, June 26, at Midtown Crossing, Turner Park Blvd. and Farnam St. This is the same space that hosts Jazz on the Green. In keeping with the park’s guidelines, outside food coolers and refreshments are permitted, but no hard alcohol. Water, pop, beer and wine are okay. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase. See playingwithfireomaha.net for full details including options for parking and the AfterBurn Jam at Cantina Laredo.
Park seating opens at 5 p.m. and music starts at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and all-ages, a free-will donation will be collected.
Headlining Thursday, June 26, are charismatic Canadian rockers Jonas & the Massive Attraction. The 9’s are up second and Hector Anchondo Band opens the show.
Thursday, July 3 is the second Playing With Fire with fireworks presented by Midtown Crossing.
21st Saloon Tuesdays
During Playing With Fire, The 21st Saloon shows move to Tuesdays, so there is no blues at The 21st June 26 or July 3. Tuesday, July 1, 6-9 p.m. it’s the dynamic Chris O’Leary Band. O’Leary was Levon Helm’s vocalist for six years before stepping out on his own. See thechrisolearyband.com.
The blues moves back to Thursday, July 10, with Texas roots-bluesman Randy McAllister.
Zoo Bar 41st Anniversary
Zoo Bar 41st Anniversary indoor show headliners are Tinsley Ellis (July 7), Tijuana Gigolos (July 8), Gina Sicilia (July 9) and Too Slim & The Taildraggers (July 10). ZooFest outdoor stage includes Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers July 11, 9 p.m. and Delbert McClinton July 12, 9 p.m. See zoobar.com.
Shawn Holt & The Teardrops plays 9 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at Lincoln’s Famous Dave’s Annual BBQ Festival, SouthPointe shopping center parking lot at 27th & Pine Lake Road. Also performing are Tijuana Gigolos (7 p.m.) and Honeyboy Turner Band (5 p.m.) Admission $5.
McKenna’s hosts Tom Buller’s Nashville-based Americana Wednesday, June 25, 7 p.m.