Bountiful Beats

Johnny Boyd makes a return visit to Benson’s Reverb Lounge Thursday, Nov. 16. The former Indigo Swing front man and his current red-hot band can do it all: swing, jazz, jump-blues, rockabilly and more. His band is insanely talented and at turns breathtaking and rockin’ while keeping Boyd’s classic crooner stylings front and center. Fans […]

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Monstrous Music Choices

BSO Presents and Chrome Lounge shows of note start off with this year’s Nebraska Blues Challenge, which will select one band to represent the Blues Society of Omaha at the prestigious International Blues Challenge. The IBCs take place in Memphis in January 2018, sponsored by the Blues Foundation. The Nebraska Blues Challenge is […]

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September’s Sweet Sounds

We’re swinging towards fall with plenty of excellent live music choices. Speaking of swing, the 15th Annual Cowtown Jamborama hosted by the Omaha Jitterbugs celebrates swing dance Sept. 8-10. There will be dance classes for all experience levels. Two social dance events featuring the swing and early American jazz stylings of Miss Jubilee and her […]

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July is Jumpin’

July’s highlights include the Zoo Bar’s anniversary celebration and street festival plus the two-night double-header of Playing With Fire this year. The Zoo Bar’s weeklong 44th Anniversary celebration will be well under way by the time you read this. The Lincoln bar again takes over 14th Street in front of the club to stage ZooFest, […]

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Get Out

Don’t forget some of these great shows coming our way. Midtown Crossing hosts the third annual, free Zydeco Festival Saturday, June 24, beginning at 3 p.m. The schedule promises a real Louisiana dance party. Headlining the show are Nathan & The Zydeco Cha-Chas, 9 p.m. Also putting down plenty of Louisiana dance beats are Major […]

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Soak It Up

Outdoor opportunities to soak up live music really ramp up in June. Saturday, June 3, the 13th annual Soaring Wings blues fest begins at 4 p.m. with International Blues Challenge participants Tim Budig Band (Omaha), Frank Ace Band (Topeka) and Amanda Fish Band (K.C.) plus great Chicago blues from critically acclaimed headliners Mississippi Heat. See […]

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Summertime Blues

The BSO Presents shows in May start with storytelling songwriter, hearty vocalist, harmonica player and drummer Randy McAllister. In the great Texas roots music traditions, McAllister has got the goods as both a crowd-pleasing entertainer and a thinking man’s songwriter. He takes the stage at Chrome Lounge Thursday, May 4, 6-9 p.m. Then […]

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Catch The Buzz

There are lots of great shows creating a buzz this month including the return of the all-star Golden State-Lone Star Revue fronted by Mark Hummel Wednesday, April 13, 6 p.m. at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar. Texas guitarist Mike Keller, formerly with the Fabulous Thunderbirds, takes over the second guitar slot alongside Anson Funderburgh. The […]

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Fresh Sounds

Keyboard virtuoso Bruce Katz has two local shows, hitting The B. Bar below Castle Barrett at 4330 Leavenworth St. Friday, April 6, 6 p.m. Katz is at work on a new CD and also plays Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Saturday, April 7, 6 p.m. Katz is a multiple Blues Music Award nominee and is one of […]

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