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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Indigenous Plays Toy Drive

Toy Drive for Pine Ridge takes the spotlight with a concert featuring Mato Nanji and Indigenous at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Sokol Hall. This 11th Annual Toy Drive for Pine Ridge event is a multi-band benefit coordinated by the Blues Society of Omaha. Doors open at 2 p.m. and music begins at 2:30 p.m. with Little Joe & Big Trouble. Toy Drive organizer Larry “Lash LaRue” Dunn and his new band LL...

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Season of Giving

There is great music at local venues and ways to contribute to folks who need a little help to have a happier holiday season. Mark your calendar for the 11th Annual Toy Drive for Pine Ridge. Larry Dunn, know in music circles as Lash LaRue, is pairing up with the Blues Society of Omaha for one big show Sunday, Dec. 8, at Sokol Auditorium. Headlining the event is Mato Nanji’s Indigenous, 7 p.m....

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Stompin’ Blues & Boogie

The 21st Saloon brings the “world blues fusion” of Harper & Midwest Kind Thursday, Nov. 21, 6-9 p.m. Australian Harper is a fine harmonica player in the Chicago blues style and a master of the traditional didgeridoo wind instrument. Detroit Live Magazine wrote Harper’s music is “a prime example [of] when sublime inspiration and diverse cultures collide; beautiful things blossom.” See harper.biz...

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