The extremely talented guitarist-vocalist Samantha Fish plays The 21st Saloon Thursday, March 13. Kansas City-based Fish is touring behind her fall 2013 disc, Black Wind Howlin’ (Ruf Records), her latest collaboration with Mike Zito as producer. The CD is getting plenty of national attention, as Fish’s star continues to rise. Fish took the 2012 Blues Music Award for Best New Artist Debut for Runaway, her first collaboration with Zito and her first international Ruf release.
Valerie June Shines
Valerie June joins the great Sharon Jones in Denver as her opening act March 17. June is at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Saturday, March 15, 9 p.m. The show is part of the Zoo’s “Dancehall Series,” with tables and chairs picked up to expand the dance floor. A Ferocious Jungle Cat opens. NPR says of June, “She grew up in Tennessee and her music feels like it rides the spectrum of the signature sounds of her home state, from the rural roots of hill country to Nashville’s country twang to foot-stomping Memphis blues…[a] special blend of blues, folk, country and gospel.” See valeriejune.com.
The dynamic and joyful Davina & the Vagabonds bring their swing, R&B and New Orleans-influenced music to Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Wednesday, March 19, 6-9 p.m. Minneapolis-based Davina’s bright, infectiously danceable sound is powered by a hot band featuring horns backing up her magnificent vocal range and marvelous keyboard power. Expect pure musicianship mixed with full-on fun. In the past year the band has toured Europe several times and was a hit at the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival. Her photo made the front page of the Monterey Community Herald with the rave, “The singer/pianist and her band were easily among the breakout stars at this year’s festival.” See davinaandthevagabonds.com.
Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King hit The 21st Saloon next Thursday, March 20, 6-9 p.m. Trampled Under Foot plays the Zoo Bar March 20, 6-9 p.m.
Great shows in the next few weeks include two powerhouse favorites. Carolyn Wonderland has one Nebraska stop, she hits the Zoo Bar Tuesday, March 25, 6-9 p.m. Hadden Sayers has a show at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Wednesday, March 26, and at The 21st Saloon Thursday, March 27. Both shows 6-9 p.m.
Local shows of note include Tijuana Gigolos 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 14, at the Zoo with Mezcal Brothers 9:30 p.m.
Kris Lager Band gigs at The Waiting Room Saturday, March 15, 9 p.m. and Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers are at Parliament Pub Saturday, March 15, 9 p.m.