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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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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