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Gary Flanagan Tribute

Omahan Gary Flanagan was an ardent supporter of local musicians. After his untimely passing of an apparent heart attack in January, his funeral reception was held at Slowdown. A good 20 or so of Omaha’s most notable singer-songwriters were in attendance. They all had the same message, in nearly the same words. “Gary came to all my shows and he always sat in the front row.” “Gary knew the words to all my songs.”...


<p>  Magic Slim, Dec. 25 at Lincoln's Zoo Bar, with Jeff Boehmer. Photo by Keri Hess.</p> ‘The Blues is All Right’

Lincoln resident, Zoo Bar family member and blues legend Magic Slim was laid to rest in a funeral service Saturday, March 2, at Horizons Community Church in Lincoln. At least four generations of local musicians were influenced by Slim’s adoption of the Zoo Bar as his home away from home since 1975 and his move to Lincoln in 1994.
Two more formal musical memorials are planned.
Lincoln’s Zoo Bar will host a...


<p>  Hard-driving old-school soul band Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings performs a special free Playing With Fire concert at Council Bluffs’ new River’s Edge Park Monday, May 27. See playingwithfireomaha.net</p> World Remembers Magic Slim

It was a sad week for blues fans when Magic Slim, also known as Morris Holt, passed away in a Pennsylvania hospital early Thursday, Feb. 21. He had been hospitalized for several weeks after having health issues while on the road doing opening slots for Johnny Winter. Magic’s son Shawn “Lil’ Slim” Holt was traveling with and performing with Magic and his band, and finished out several more dates on the tour at...


<p>  Grammy Award winner Mavis Staples performs at Lincoln's Bourbon Theatre Friday, Feb. 22, 8 p.m. Photo courtesy of MavisStaples.com</p> Mavis Staples, Tom Russell

Soul-gospel sensation Mavis Staples takes the stage at Lincoln’s Bourbon Theatre Friday, March 22, 8 p.m. Writer's Note: On Thursday, Feb 21, the Bourbon Theatre posted that this show has been cancelled due to a death in Staples' family. They hope to reschedule. Refunds are available at etix.com. If you caught the tribute to Levon Helm that closed the recent Grammy Awards, that was petite powerhouse Mavis Staples...


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