Tommy, Shadowboxers & More


Tommy Castro, two-time winner of the Blues Music Award for B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year, is at The 21st Saloon for a special show sponsored by the Blues Society of Omaha Sunday, Nov. 9, 6-9 p.m. Castro, a favorite with local audiences, recently received a 2014 Blues Blast Music Award for Rock Blues Album Of The Year for The Devil You Know (Alligator). The disc is a high-energy, rocking production with special guests including Tab Benoit and Samantha Fish. Despite the extra star power, Castro and his band with Randy McDonald (bass), James Pace (keys) and David Tucker (drums), are the CD’s driving force. The music is rockin’, raw and sexy. Blurt magazine says, “Castro is one of the greatest blues guitarists, songwriters and entertainers in the world today.” Admission is $20 or $10 for Blues Society of Omaha members.

Shadowboxers New CD

Lincoln soul band Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers takes the stage for two CD release parties before hitting the road for a 14-city tour. The horn-driven group plays Friday, Nov. 7, at Lincoln’s Bourbon Theatre and Saturday, Nov. 8, at The Slowdown. Both shows start at 9 p.m. with Funk Trek and Denver’s Afro-fusion Paa Kow Band opening. See 8 Days and joshhoyerandtheshadowboxers.com.

21st Saloon Blues

The Jeff Jensen Band is up next at The 21st Saloon Thursday, Nov. 6, 6-9 p.m. Jensen spent 2011 and 2012 as Brandon Santini’s guitarist and produced Santini’s 2013 release This Time Another Year. Now Jensen is fronting his own band again and touring in support of his 2013 disc Road Worn & Ragged. Jensen’s music is on Sirius XM Satellite Radio and over 250 radio stations in the U.S. and Europe.

Next Thursday, Nov. 13, Canada-based JW Jones Band plays The 21st Saloon. They released their Blind Pig Records’ debut, Belmont Boulevard, last month. See jw-jones.com.

Hot Notes

Mark your calendar for the Nov. 21 Toy Drive For Pine Ridge fundraiser at Sokol Hall, organized by the Blues Society of Omaha and Omaha Jitterbugs. The concert features music from K.C.’s Grand Marquis, Nashville’s Too Slim & The Taildraggers and Christy Rossiter & 112 North Duck. See toydriveforpineridge.com.

Barley Street Tavern has Matt Cox Band, The Ronnys, Township & Range and Heather Berney Trio Saturday, Nov. 8, 9 p.m.

The Zoo Bar features Brandon Santini Wednesday, Nov. 5, 6-9 p.m., Moreland & Arbuckle Thursday, Nov. 6, 6-9 p.m. and The Bel Airs Friday, Nov. 7, 9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 8, 6 p.m. JW Jones Band plays Wednesday, Nov. 12, 6-9 p.m.


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