Musical Moves

Big news for fans of the weekly early Thursday shows hosted by the Blues Society of Omaha (BSO). The series was held at Chrome Lounge for the last several years, but the venue abruptly closed after Saturday, Oct. 12, making the announcement on Facebook. They reopened Saturday, Oct. 19, for a final rock show. Meanwhile, […]

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Plenty of Treats

Lincoln’s Catherine Lohmeier reports that offline editing of Remember the Drumstick, a documentary about Lincoln’s fried-chicken-restaurant-turned-rock-club that brought some of the hottest bands to Nebraska in the 1980s, is nearing a first-draft rough cut. The project is coming together with Sharonda Harris Marshall serving as associate producer and editor. Lohmeier and company host a costume […]

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Funky Soul to Western Swing

As September creeps into fall, bands transition from the last festival dates back to club shows and ramp up their regional tours. Special events come our way, too, such as Austin’s funky soul-rock band Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears playing a show at O’Leaver’s Tuesday, Sept. 17, 9 p.m. O’Leaver’s also hosts O’Leaversfest Friday-Sunday, […]

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Summertime Blues

The month kicks off with more exponential growth for Hector Anchondo’s brainchild, In the Market for Blues, happening Saturday, August 3. Assisted by E3 Marketing and now boasting a host of additional sponsors, the event has expanded each year. Last year’s attendance exceeded expectations, with venues running out of wristbands, according to organizers. This is […]

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Hot Fun

Local promoter Jeff Davis presents two Playing With Fire free, family friendly concerts at Turner Park at Midtown Crossing this summer. The dates are Saturday, July 13, and Saturday, Aug. 24. For the July 13 date, Davis brings two internationally acclaimed blues-roots acts to town that are making their U.S. debut in Omaha. Thorbjørn Risager […]

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Swing into Summer

Summer music gets into full swing, starting with Summer Arts Festival June 7-9 featuring some great roots and blues talents including San Francisco’s The Lucky Losers Saturday, June 8, 3 p.m. and Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band Saturday, 9 p.m. See summerarts.org/music for all the details. This year’s event moves to Mike Fahey […]

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Local Roots Run Deep

In conjunction with The Reader’s annual music issue, I was asked to come up with some top local roots bands. In no particular order, here are six local bands that I return to again and again for solid, heartfelt, original roots music. Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal I think the first time I heard Josh Hoyer […]

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Hoodoo: Rewind / Play

In line with this anniversary issue’s theme of looking back on the scene, it seems like a great opportunity to mention two documentary productions in the works about iconic local music venues. “ Bowling with the Biggest Bands in the World: The Story of the Ranch Bowl” began filming in Feb. under the […]

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Warming Up

There is big news this month for fans of live music. The Jewell is a new club in the Capitol District dedicated to jazz that will also play blues and related genres. The Jewell is named for Jimmy Jewell, who ran the renowned Dreamland Ballroom in Omaha, in the still-standing Jewell Building at 2221 N […]

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