Lincoln’s Zoo Bar keeps the blues alive in the metro with multiple national blues acts playing there each week. Co-owner Pete Watters recently made a Facebook plea, noting, “We have been trying to provide world class music at The Zoo Bar, but it can not happen without your support.” The up and down attendance at summer shows has resulted in some “tough times,” Watters posted. “We would greatly appreciate you sharing this message and your support at these (and many more) shows.” The club hosts great Chicago blues Wednesday, Oct. 1, 6 p.m., with John Primer followed by Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, $16 adv/$20 dos. Coming acts include Nick Moss Wednesday, Oct. 15, 6-9 p.m., and Bruce Katz Friday, Oct. 24, 5-7 pm. See zoobar.com.
Live & Local
Chicago’s John Primer plays The 21st Saloon, 96th & L, Thursday, Oct. 2, 6-9 p.m.
Kris Lager Band’s local shows are rare these days. They keep busy touring, backing Andy Frasco this summer. Kris Lager Band rocks Lincoln’s Vega Friday, Oct. 3, and Omaha’s Waiting Room Saturday, Oct. 4, 9 p.m. with Blue Martian Tribe opening. See krislagerband.com.
Music & Community
Benson First Friday is back Friday, Oct. 3, with happy hour specials 5-7 p.m. Art exhibits open at 7 p.m. Check out facebook.com/BensonFirstFriday for the schedule. There are official and unofficial music offerings at Benson clubs after 9 p.m.
Vinton Street Creativity Festival returns to 18th & Vinton, Saturday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The family-friendly event offers creative activities, non-profit exhibitors, vendors, food trucks and music. Bands include BluesEd’s Dilemma (10 a.m.), Devon Fulton Band (1 p.m.) and Hector Anchondo Band (2 p.m.). Anchondo is the 2014-15 winner of the Nebraska Blues Challenge. See complete schedule at facebook.com/VintonFestival.
Sunday, Oct. 5, 5-8 p.m., Omaha’s Raise the Roots hosts a Waiting Room event focused on “harvesting the desire for a vibrant local food system and a bright green Omaha,” according to their Facebook page. There will be speakers, non-profit groups and area food trucks. Music Sunday is by Clarence Tilton and McCarthy Trenching. See facebook.com/RaisetheRootsOmaha.
McKenna’s closed their doors Saturday, Sept 27. According to Facebook posts, the contents, including the blues memorabilia, will be auctioned off Oct. 19.
One Percent Productions’ Reverb Lounge is now open at 6121 Military Avenue (north of Jake’s) with full bar and intimate performance space. See facebook.com/ReverbLoungeOmaha.
Honeyboy Turner Band plays a blues tailgate at Copacabana Cocktails and Cigars, 17520 Wright St., Omaha, Saturday, Oct. 4, following the Husker game.