Get ready for real-deal blues when the Brandon Santini Band from Memphis hits The 21st Saloon Thursday, Jan. 30, 6-9 p.m. The group is also at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Wednesday, Jan. 29, 6-9 p.m. Fueled by killer harmonica, vocals and guitar, the Brandon Santini Band has got it goin’ on, with serious technique delivered with plenty of heart and energy. Mary4Music.com says “Brandon Santini displays the harp ability of a Hummel, the soul of a Salgado and the pizzazz of a Piazza.” Santini is a 2014 Blues Music Award Nominee for Best Contemporary Blues Album for This Time Another Year. He is also a nominee in the Best Instrumentalist-Harmonica category alongside Charlie Musselwhite, James Cotton, Kim Wilson and Rick Estrin. Yes, you read that right, Santini is getting recognized alongside some of the best players on the blues scene. Check Santini out at brandonsantini.com and see them when they play here this week.
Omaha singer-songwriter Michael Campbell has a gig at the Zin Room, 316 S. 15th St., Thursday, Jan. 30, 7-9 p.m. It’s a free show and Campbell promises “I have the privilege of performing a rare 2-hour collection of original works…This long-form show gives me an excuse to rattle up songs from all points of my 25 years of songwriting.” Whether you know Campbell from his years as a local musician or his time spent as proprietor of Mick’s music bar in Benson, this should be fun for fans and friends of Campbell and his music.
Zoo Bar Music
Hector Anchondo Band is featured at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Friday, Jan. 31, 9 p.m. Then Saturday, Feb. 1, Mezcal Brothers play at 6 p.m. and The Bottle Tops play after 9 p.m. Cassie Taylor is at the Zoo next Wednesday, Feb. 5, 6-9 p.m. The Zoo has a bunch of big-name shows coming up in February including John Nemeth, Davina & The Vagabonds, The Bel Airs, Tommy Castro and Mike Zito. Check zoobar.com for dates and times.
McFoster’s, 230 S. 38th St., hosts a First Saturday Blues Open Stage Showcase Saturday Feb. 1, 7 p.m. organized by George Prescott and Greg Hand.
The 21st Saloon presents Andy T – Nick Nixon Band next Thursday, Feb. 6, 6-9 p.m.
Venue 51’s Friday Afternoon Club features Little Joe solo Friday, Jan. 30, 6-9 p.m. The Betties’ Betty Jean has a CD release party at Slowdown Thursdsay, Feb. 6, 9 p.m. with Matt Cox and Travelling Mercies.