Playing With Fire presents the second of its two 2014 concerts Thursday, July 3, at Midtown Crossing’s Turner Park. Seating opens at 5. BluesEd youth performance band Mojo Bag plays at 5 p.m. Randy Oxford Band brings their trombone-driven mix of blues and R&B up second. Headliner The Madame Louise Project is fronted by bandleader Lulu Hughes who has received nominations in Quebec’s equivalent of the Grammy Awards. She has fronted multiple bands and has also performed onstage in Paris in revues and musical theatre. See playingwithfireomaha.net for details including parking. The AfterBurn Jam happens at Cantina Laredo. The event is free and family-friendly. Midtown Crossing presents fireworks at the end of the concert.
Fourth of July
Outdoor music for July 4 includes a multi-band blues show in Glenwood, Iowa. Headlining the event is Blues Music Award winner for Best New Artist Debut Shawn Holt & The Teardrops (8 p.m.). Also performing are 40SINNERS (6 p.m.), Hector Anchondo (4:10 p.m.), Swampboy Blues (2:20 p.m.) and South Bend (12:30 p.m.) Admission is $20. See glenwoodia.com/blues-brews-and-bbqs-2.
The Zoo Bar presents Mezcal Brothers July 4, 5- 7 p.m.
Zoo Bar 41st Anniversary
The Zoo Bar’s 41st Anniversary begins Monday, July 7. Emily Bass’ weekly piano happy hour kicks things off at 5 p.m. The Wondermonds‘ funky instrumentals are up at 6 p.m. Tinsley Ellis plugs in at 7:30 p.m. The Zoo Bar House Band closes out the night. Wednesday features Gina Sicilia Band and Hector Anchondo Band.
Friday, July 11, Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers take the stage at 9 p.m. and Saturday, July 12, Delbert McClinton hits at 9 p.m. See zoobar.com for additions to the week’s schedule and the full Friday and Saturday outdoor lineup.
Sioux City’s Free Saturday in the Park concert and fireworks July 5 has star power from Bonnie Raitt, The Avett Brothers and Ziggy Marley. See saturdayinthepark.com.
Elkhorn’s Heartland Café hosts 2011 International Blues Challenge Winner The Lionel Young Band July 5, 7:30 p.m. See heartlandcafe.net.
McKenna’s Wednesday music series continues with Eddie “Devil Boy” Turner Wednesday, July 9, 7 p.m. Turner is a former member of the Otis Taylor band who has received a Blues Music Award nomination for Best New Artist and a Blues Blast Music Award nomination for Best Contemporary Blues CD. See eddiedevilboy.com.
Cass Brostad and Dylan Davis play Barley Street Tavern Thursday, July 10, 9 p.m. with Super Ghost and Naïve Filter.
Thursday blues matinees are back on schedule at The 21st Saloon with Texas singer-songwriter-bandleader Randy McAllister Thursday, July 10, 6 p.m.