<p>  Kelly Richey. Photo by Sonya Ziegler.</p>

Kelly Richey. Photo by Sonya Ziegler.

Grit, Guitars & Funk

Guitarist Kelly Richey’s hard-charging power blues trio hits Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Wednesday, April 3, 6-9 p.m., and makes their 21st Saloon debut Thursday, April 4, 5:30-8:30 p.m. With rocking guitar licks and gritty vocals, the Cincinnati artist has been playing guitar since she was 15 years old. She has been active in that region for nearly 20 years with over 15 solo releases to her credit. Check Richey’s “Fast Drivin’ Mama” on Youtube. Her new disc Sweet Spirit (Sweet Lucy Records) dropped March 19. Richey and her drummer Jyn Yates set a seriously rockin’ standard for women blues players. They are joined on the new CD and tour by Cincinnati funk player Freekbass who began his career as a protege of the great Bootsy Collins and is well known in funk and hip hop circles.

Bernie Worrell Orchestra
Funk icon Bernie Worrell coincidentally contributed keys to Richey’s new disc and was a mentor to Freekbass. The Bernie Worrell Orchestra plays Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Tuesday, April 9, with Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers opening the 7 p.m. show. Worrell gets funky at The 21st Saloon Thursday, April 11, 5:30 p.m. with The 9’s opening. Worrell was a founding member of Parliament/Funkadelic and played with the Talking Heads during their Speaking in Tongues and Stop Making Sense period. See bernieworrellorchestra.com.

Blues Challenge Round Two
The second preliminary round of the Nebraska Blues Challenge is at The 21st Saloon this Sunday, April 7. Note the new location. Performing are Honeyboy Turner Band (3 p.m.), Church House Blues Band (4:10 p.m.), The Neptunes (5:20 p.m.), Hector Anchondo Band (6:30 p.m.) and Christy Rossiter & 112 North Duck (7:40 p.m.). Judges use criteria established by the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge. The band receiving the most points performs at the May 19 finals at The 21st Saloon, joining the finalist from April 21 and Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers, the finalists from the March 24 round. The Nebraska Blues Challenge is a Blues Society of Omaha event. (Full disclosure: I am an advisor to the BSO board.)

Hot Notes
Kris Lager Band opens for Los Lonely Boys at Lincoln’s Bourbon Theatre Saturday, April 6. (Writer's Note: Los Lonely Boys has postponed their performance due to an injury in the band. Kris Lager Band will still play. See
bourbontheatre.com/2013/04/01/los-lonely-boys-postponed/)
Willie Nelson is at the Holland Performing Arts Center Monday, April 8. Samantha Fish plugs in at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Wednesday, April 10, 6-9 p.m. Trampled Under Foot gigs at Knickerbocker’s in Lincoln Wednesday, April 10, 9 p.m. Carrie Rodriguez plays Sunday Roadhouse at Slowdown Tuesday, April 9, 7:30 p.m. See SundayRoadhouse.com.

posted at 07:58 am
on Wednesday, April 03rd, 2013

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