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Memories & Music

Omaha's blues community lost one of its finest when Dave Barger passed away early Saturday, Oct. 8, after a debilitating illness. Barger was the Omaha scene's go-to blues guitarist for over 30 years, including popular '80s bands Oasis and Risky Shift. A memorial jam is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 16, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. at the G.I. Forum, 2002 N Street.
Tributes poured in on Facebook. Former Howard Street Tavern manager...


Surf, Roots & Rock

Dick Dale brings his virtuoso surf-rock guitar to The Waiting Room on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 9 p.m. Lincoln’s Mezcal Brothers open.

Zoo Bar Music
Lincoln’s Zoo Bar highlights include the return of Billy Bacon this week plus several cool early shows coming up. It’s a Billy Bacon & The Forbidden Pigs reunion weekend with Justin G. Jones and Jerry “Hot Rod” DeMink joining Billy again. The band plays 6 p.m.-9 p.m....


Alberta’s Joyous Blues

In the early 1980s I had the pleasure of seeing Alberta Hunter perform her captivating mix of bawdy blues, ballads and gospel tunes. Hunter was bewitching, her love of the music was infectious. She was in her mid-80s. The last time I saw her perform she had to be helped onstage in a wheelchair, but when she sang the years melted away. The music was in her blood.

In her first career the teenage Hunter started...


Graham’s Wonderful World

If there is one artist I would get everyone to listen to if I could, it is Jon Dee Graham. The Austin-based musician is an extraordinary songwriter and guitarist whose music is as real as it gets.

His words come from the heart of a survivor and from an ability to stay optimistic even in the face of adversity. Reviewers praise Graham for his "raw intensity" and say "his songs always sound like truth." I've called...


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