It’s an evening of rave-up rockabilly and roots music Thursday, May 29, 5 p.m. at The 21st Saloon. Headlining is the amazing Nikki Hill. This rockabilly goddess channels iconic sounds inspired by Wanda Jackson and Little Richard into fierce, fresh, sweat-drenched roots-rock. Hill’s husband Matt on guitar is an equal force and together with their band they are a hard-rocking crew.
Weather permitting, this show will be outdoors. Also performing is Lincoln’s own internationally recognized rockabilly band The Mezcal Brothers plus Oklahoma roots-rock favorites The Scott Keeton Band. Lawn chairs are encouraged for outdoor seating.
Bel Air Blues Fest
The Bel Air Plaza at 120th & West Center Road hosts its annual blues fest Sunday, June 1. The event is free with family-friendly activities. The lineup is BluesEd youth band Mojo Bag (3 p.m.), the dance-floor-filling Bel Airs (4 p.m.), The Mighty Jailbreakers (5:30 p.m). and Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers (6:45-8 p.m.).
Zoo Bar Music
Nikki Hill Band also plays Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Wednesday, May 28, after 9 p.m., following Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials 6-9 p.m. Blues Music Award winner Shawn Holt’s Lil’ Slim Blues Band plugs in Saturday, May 31, 9 p.m.
Mark your calendars now for Doug Deming, Dennis Gruenling & The Jewel Tones Tuesday, July 1, 6-9 p.m. at the Zoo. This powerhouse east coast band is driven by Deming’s stellar, swinging guitar, sweet vocals and Gruenling’s wicked harmonica stylings in the tradition of Chicago’s fat-toned harp players.
Zoo 41st Anniversary
The Zoo Bar celebrates 41 years as a blues music mecca during the second week of July, with indoor shows leading to the annual outdoor street festival. Headlining the outdoor shows are Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers on Friday, July 11, and the great Delbert McClinton on Saturday, July 12. The Bel Airs, Brave Combo and The Killigans round out the Friday night lineup. Saturday bands include Oketo, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, Kelley Hunt and Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers. See zoobar.com for details.
Blues slide guitar fans should check out the Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band Friday, May 30, at Lincoln’s Bourbon Theatre. Rev. Peyton plays killer slide inspired by old-school originators like Robert Johnson and Charley Patton. Performing as a stomping trio, this band has been getting lots of notice in the punk and rockabilly scene, but their music is really pure blues. Opening the show are Bud Heavy & The High Lifes and Bonehardt Flannigan. See bigdamband.com.