Blues Challenge, Primer, Shadowboxers in Studio

Hector Anchondo Band is the winner of the 2014-15 Nebraska Blues Challenge held Sunday, Sept. 21, at The 21st Saloon. The band will represent the Blues Society of Omaha in the 2015 International Blues Challenge (IBC) Jan. 20-24 in Memphis. The prestigious showcase and competition sponsored by the Blues Foundation gives great exposure to up and coming talent. See blues.org/ibc.

2014 IBC Winner at...

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Roots, Blues & Lake Street Dive

The 21st Saloon hosts one of their popular, multi-band roots shows Thursday, Sept. 18, 5 p.m. at 96th & L. Performers include charismatic Louisiana blues artist Josh Garrett and his band plus Canadian roots and rockabilly act The 24th Street WailersShawn Holt & The Teardrops make a special appearance. The band is fronted by Lincoln’s own Shawn Holt and features Levi William with the late Magic...

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Magness, Blues Blast, Jamborama

The always-exciting vocalist and songwriter Janiva Magness has stepped out as an independent artist to release Original, her latest CD. It’s her 11th recording and you can read in her blog at janivamagness.com about her leap of faith and her friendly parting of ways with Alligator Records. In a testament to her artistry and popularity, the disc debuted at #5 on the Billboard Blues Charts on the...

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Trout Tribute Success & More

In a clarification to last week’s Reader column discussing the tremendous need for organ donors, while it is true that Curtis Salgado had to have a certain amount of money in the bank prior to his surgery, this was because he had no insurance.

"The Nebraska facility did everything possible to make this happen for Curtis. They were always gracious about the finance situation,” said Salgado's...

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Organ Donor Awareness Concert

The situation for those awaiting organ transplants is a difficult one, according to musician and transplant recipient Curtis Salgado.
“If you make the wrong choice, you’re dead,” he said bluntly. Salgado spoke to The Reader by phone from his home in Portland, Ore.

Salgado performs in Omaha Sunday, Aug. 31, at the Tribute to Walter Trout concert event, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the River City Star,...

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Nikki, Polly, Earl & More

Nikki Hill is a roots-rock force of nature. The spirits of Wanda Jackson and Little Richard meet up in Hill’s remarkable vocals. Guitarist Matt Hill's fretboard workouts give their sound extra punch. They hit Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Wednesday, Aug. 20, and rev up The 21st Saloon Thursday, Aug. 21, both shows 6-9 p.m. See nikkihillmusic.com.

Polly O’Keary
Polly O’Keary is best known locally for her...

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