Sunday Roadhouse hits the road for Lincoln, hosting their first show at the Zoo Bar Sunday, June 2, 5 p.m. Dean Dobmeier and Gary Grobeck present Austin’s Shannon McNally. She is touring in support of her new CD Small Town Talk, a tribute to songwriter Bobby Charles created with Mac “Dr. John” Rebennack. The disc includes guest performances by Dr. John, Derek Trucks, Will Sexton, Luther Dickinson and Vince Gill. The project began prior to Charles’ death in 2010 and the songwriter had input on song selections and preproduction. Charles’ songs, such as “See You Later Alligator” and “Walking to New Orleans,” are standards recognized beyond the roots music scene. For more details see shannonmcnally.com. Austin musician Will Sexton will be part of McNally’s band for this gig.
Dobmeier and Grobeck present acclaimed musician Peter Case Wednesday, June 5, 7:30 p.m. at Waiting Room. Case is a three-time Grammy nominee. As he says in the FAQ on petercase.com “I’m a singer-songwriter that uses all the American styles to get my stories across…blues, rock ‘n’ roll, country, soul, R&B & folk, plus some rhythmic influences from around the world…I’ve always been into dynamic, emotionally-charged music you could use to tell a story or paint a picture.” For music fans, Case is a must-see.
Find details on both events at sundayroadhouse.com.
Hoodoo favorite Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat bring their Texas-based blues-rock to The 21st Saloon Thursday, May 30, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Suhler, whose day job is playing guitar for George Thorogood & The Destroyers, has his own power-house quartet that plays incendiary original music and some creative covers. The band fuses musicianship, charisma and full-on fun.
Gina Sicilia makes a stop at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Wednesday, May 29, 6-9 p.m. She’s touring in support of her new disc It Wasn’t Real (Vizztone). Selwyn Birchwood, the 2013 International Blues Challenge Winner, is at the Zoo Wednesday, June 5, 6-9 p.m.
Soaring Wings Winery hosts their 9th annual spring blues fest June 1. Levi William kicks off a night of regional blues talent with a 5:30 p.m. set. See details at soaringwingswine.com.
Hoodoo favorites the Bel Airs play June 2 as part of the Bel Air Blues Fest at Bel Air Plaza, 120th & Center. They always create a dance party. The free event features Mojo Bag (4 p.m.), Brad Cordle Band (5:15 p.m.) and the Bel Airs (6:45 p.m.)