Contemporary blues legend Taj Mahal plays the main concert hall in the Holland Performing Arts Center Friday, Oct. 25, 8 p.m. Mahal is a Grammy winner and one of the most renowned and influential blues artists of the last 50 years. He is touring with his trio and special guests. Also performing are Vusi Mahlasela, dubbed “The Voice” of South Africa for his poetic and soulful sound, along with Mahal’s daughter Deva Mahal and her New Zealand rock-blues band Fredericks Brown. See tajblues.com for more on the artists and ticketomaha.com for tickets.
Debbie Davies Turns it Up
Blues guitarist Debbie Davies has long been acclaimed on the national scene. She hits The 21st Saloon Tuesday, Oct. 29, 6-9 p.m. and the Zoo Bar Wednesday, Oct 30, 6-9 p.m. The shows are CD release parties for her latest CD, Retrospective. The disc features alternate takes of previous recordings along with previously unheard tunes and some live tracks. Read more about the new record in her blog at debbiedavies.com.
Benefit for Bo
The Zoo Bar has organized a benefit for musician and former, longtime Zoo soundman Bo Rose, who has been battling health issues. The benefit is Sunday, Oct. 27, 1-7 p.m. with Sons of 76 (1 p.m.), Tijuana Gigolos (2:10 p.m.), Shawn “Lil’ Slim” Holt (3:15 p.m.), The Mezcal Brothers (5 p.m.) and S*%thook (6:05 p.m.). There will also be a silent auction and bake sale. See the Facebook event page for more information.
Halloween is shaping up to be a big night for shows with New Orleans’ guitarist Bryan Lee at The 21st Saloon 6-9 p.m. Lincoln’s Zoo Bar hosts roots bands Bud Heavy & the High Lifes and Root Marm Chicken Farm Jug Band 6-9 p.m. followed by NewYork’s Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds making their Zoo Bar debut after 9 p.m. See sistersparrow.com. Meanwhile Kris Lager Band throws a Halloween Party at Lincoln’s Bourbon Theatre with Steepwater Band and Giving Tree. And Living Colour, yes that Living Colour, plays a 25th anniversary tour show at Waiting Room Halloween night. More Halloween details next week.
The 21st Saloon presents the houserockin’ Chicago blues of Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials Thursday, Oct. 24, 6-9 p.m. Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers have the 9 p.m. slot at the Zoo Bar Friday, Oct. 25. Brad Cordle Band has an afternoon gig at Buck’s Bar & Grill in Venice, Nebr., 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27.