This Thursday’s 21st Saloon blues matinee is a special edition with music indoors and outdoors on the patio. Owner Scott Kirk has made arrangements to drop one wall of the beer garden and extend it down the walk like he did for a successful spring show at the venue. Four bands are scheduled beginning at 5 p.m., with the Blues Society of Omaha partnering on the event.
Performing are BluesEd youth band Mojo Bag plus the gutbucket, guitar-driven blues of 40SINNERS. Also on the bill is Canadian-born guitarist Anthony Gomes, whose credits include a 2003 win for BluesWax Blues Artist of the Year, an honor he has been nominated for four times. The high-powered new Southern Hospitality headlines the event. The band combines the talents of guitarists J.P. Soars, Damon Fowler and keyboard player Victor Wainwright. They are touring in support of their 2013 release Easy Livin’ (Blind Pig Records) produced by Tab Benoit. See southernhospitalityband.com. Advance tickets are $15 at The 21st Saloon. Admission is $20 day of show.
The Sunday Roadhouse celebrated its 10th anniversary with Ray Wylie Hubbard and a well-attended, wonderfully raucous show at The Waiting Room last Sunday. In a correction to what I wrote last week, this was strictly a Sunday Roadhouse production. Dean Dobmeier and Gary Grobeck have presented over 50 notable artists during the first ten years of their Sunday Roadhouse series, from The Hacienda Brothers, Hayes Carll, Wanda Jackson, Lucinda Williams, Rosie Flores and James Intveld to the Weary Boys, James McMurtry and Jon Dee Graham as well as lesser-known but equally remarkable talents.
The next show currently on the books is Sunday, Oct. 20, with Will Sexton and Amy LaVere performing at The Waiting Room. If you were one of the folks who crowded The Waiting Room for Hubbard, keep an eye on what Dobmeier and Grobeck are presenting the rest of the year at sundayroadhouse.com.
George Walker gigs at McKenna’s Friday, Aug. 30, 7-10 p.m.
Heartland Café in Elkhorn hosts an Acoustic Groove reunion show Friday, Aug. 30, and The Bel Airs Saturday, Aug. 31. Music begins at 7:30 p.m. See heartlandcafe.net.
Trampled Under Foot plays Sugar Clay Winery Sunday, Sept. 1. See sugarclaywinery.com.
Lincoln’s Zoo Bar has an outstanding double bill with Janiva Magness and John Nemeth and their respective bands both performing Wednesday, Sept. 4, 6 p.m. See zoobar.com.
Next Thursday, Sept. 5, The 21st Saloon presents 2013 International Blues Challenge winner Selwyn Birchwood Band.