Lincoln’s Levi William band represented the Blues Society of Omaha in the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis last week. While the band didn’t advance beyond the quarter-finals, they posted this update on Facebook: “We will not move on to the semi-finals here in Memphis. We can honestly say that we have made some new friends while down here at this great event and are so glad we had this opportunity to travel to this great blues city…We were winners just because we got to make this trip, and that cannot be denied.”
The Blues Society of Omaha is accepting entries for the next Nebraska Blues Challenge until the Feb. 18 deadline. The winner of this spring’s Nebraska Blues Challenge will represent the Blues Society of Omaha at the 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Visit NebraskaBluesChallenge.blogspot.com for rules and the entry form, or email NebraskaBluesChallenge@gmail.com to request the forms be emailed to you. (Full disclosure: I’m on the Blues Society of Omaha board.)
Kris Lager Band
Kris Lager Band (KLB) is working on tracks with Monophonics’ Kelly Finnigan for a new recording. Look up “Eureka Bound” on YouTube.com. KLB gigs Thursday, Feb. 7, 8 p.m. with Andy Frasco & The UN in the front room at Bourbon Theatre. The band plays the Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball at The Waiting Room Tuesday, Feb. 12, 9 p.m.
Big February Shows
Cassie Taylor & The Soul Cavalry play The 21st Saloon Saturday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m., for a Playing With Fire fundraiser. Taylor is the daughter of acclaimed musician Otis Taylor and played in his band for seven years before going solo. See playingwithfireomaha.net.
Super group Royal Southern Brotherhood (RSB) featuring roots music legend Cyril Neville and guitarists Mike Zito and Devon Allman is back. RSB plays Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Thursday, Feb. 14, 6-9 p.m. They play a Blues Society of Omaha sponsored show at The 21st Saloon Friday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m.
The Thursday 5:30 p.m. blues shows at The 21st Saloon feature Australian bluesman Harper Thursday, Feb. 7, and Kelley Hunt Thursday, Feb. 14.
Runny Nose Pete brings the blues to Gator O’Malley’s Thursday, Feb. 7, 9 p.m.
Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials take the stage at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar with traditional Chicago blues Friday, Feb. 8, 9 p.m. Tijuana Gigolos play 5-7 p.m.
Rockabilly band The Whammy is at Duffy’s Tuesday, Feb. 12. The group features Stray Cats’ drummer Slim Jim Phantom plus Jonny Bowler and Tim Polecat. See thewhammyband.com.