Road to Memphis

The International Blues Challenge (IBC) sponsored by the national Blues Foundation is one of blues music’s biggest events. This year’s 30th Annual IBC is Jan. 21 – 25 in Memphis, Tenn. Heading through the area on their way from Seattle to the IBCs is the Randy Oxford Band. Seen in Omaha previously as part of the Playing with Fire concert series, the band’s six-piece blues and funk is anchored...

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Shadowboxing

Thursday, Jan. 9, 6-9 p.m., the Blues Society of Omaha (BSO) and The 21st Saloon host the official send-off party celebrating Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers’ trip to Memphis for the International Blues Challenge (IBC). After winning the 2013 Nebraska Blues Challenge last year, Hoyer and his band are representing the Blues Society of Omaha in the 30th Annual International Blues Challenge in...

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Happy New Year

Popular local roots and blues bands heat up New Year’s Eve in Omaha and Lincoln. If the Hive is back on track with their liquor license, they have Hector Anchondo Band and Funk Trek scheduled for 9 p.m. New Year’s Eve. Watch the venue’s Facebook page at facebook.com/theHiveLounge for updates.
Two crowd-pleasing bands have set up their own individual New Year’s Eve parties for fans. Brad Cordle...

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Home for the Holidays

The Zoo Bar’s Christmas night blues tradition continues with Shawn “Lil’ Slim” Holt taking over the Christmas night gig long held by his later father Magic Slim. Holt, announced earlier this month as a national Blues Music Awards nominee for Best New Artist Debut, will be throwing down Chicago style blues after 9 p.m.
Other Zoo Bar holiday musical events include Basil McJagger and Gina Lee's...

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Shawn Holt’s BMA Nomination

Nebraska’s own Shawn Holt, son of the late Magic Slim, was recognized last week with a Best New Artist Debut nomination when the 35th Annual Blues Music Award nominations were announced.
Shawn Holt & The Teardrops released the very fine disc Daddy Told Me (Blind Pig Records) in September. The band is Shawn Holt (vocals/guitar), Lincoln’s Levi William (second guitar/vocals, and Magic Slim’s...

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Nikkie, Scottie & Jon Dee

In the last couple of years, vocalist Nikki Hill has been called “the Southern Fireball,” “the new soul sensation,” an “amazing R&B shouter” and even “the new Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Her high-octane presence and the high-powered guitar licks of her husband Matt Hill have been sizzling across stages in the U.S. and Europe. Hill ferociously channels Stax soul and primal, early rock ‘n’ soul...

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