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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Get It Live

January kicks off with great opportunities to get out of the house and support live music. Saturday, Jan. 5, MusicFestOmaha presents The Blues at the Metro. 2018 International Blues Challenge winners the Keeshea Pratt Band from Houston perform at 7 p.m. Pratt is a dynamic vocalist and band leader and the band features a great […]

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Giving Joy

Several home-grown projects created to give to others during the holidays highlight December’s calendar. Lash LaRue’s annual Toy Drive for Pine Ridge presents a variety of events to bring toys to the children on the reservation and to provide funds for the emergency propane fund that helps elders and families have adequate heating fuel for […]

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Musical Harvest

The Thursday early blues shows presented by the Blues Society of Omaha at Chrome Lounge kick off November with the return of the Heather Newman Band. Newman, now based in K.C., was just selected to represent the Kansas City Blues Society in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2019. Thursday, Nov. […]

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Spirited Sounds

Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal returns to Lincoln after their second European tour. They spent six weeks playing to appreciative crowds while debuting their brand new CD Do It Now (Silver Street Records) for audiences in France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Spain. Check Facebook.com/joshhoyerandsoulcolossal for European press interviews, reviews and live performance videos. Do […]

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Digging the Scene

BSO Presents at Chrome Lounge kicks into September with the return of popular vocalist Reneé Austin. She performs Thursday, Sept. 6, at Chrome. The Minneapolis-area-based singer returned to the stage in 2015 after being sidelined for more than a decade from complications of a 2005 thyroid surgery that left her unable to sing. Visit reneeaustin.org […]

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Get Hip!

The Blues Society of Omaha (BSO) partners with Jazz on the Green to present former Omahan and world-class blues vocalist Shaun Murphy Thursday, Aug. 2, 7:30 p.m. in celebration of the BSO’s 20th Anniversary. Murphy’s credits include working regularly in the studio and on tour as a backing vocalist for artists including Bob Seger and […]

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World Class Music on Local Stages

The annual Zoo Fest’s outdoor shows July 6 and 7 celebrate Lincoln’s historic Zoo Bar’s 45th Anniversary. The street fest kicks off Friday, July 6, with Evan Bartels (5 p.m.) followed by Zoo favorites Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials (7 p.m.). Friday night’s headliner, Tex-Mex roots-rock stars Los Lobos, plays their highly anticipated set […]

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