<p>  Kelly Richey. Photo by Sonya Ziegler.</p>Grit, Guitars & Funk

Guitarist Kelly Richey’s hard-charging power blues trio hits Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Wednesday, April 3, 6-9 p.m., and makes their 21st Saloon debut Thursday, April 4, 5:30-8:30 p.m. With rocking guitar licks and gritty vocals, the Cincinnati artist has been playing guitar since she was 15 years old. She has been active in that region for nearly 20 years with over 15 solo releases to her credit....

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<p>  Magic Slim and ShawnCarrying the Torch

Two tributes to longtime Lincoln resident and Chicago blues legend Magic Slim take place this week. Magic Slim, also known as Morris Holt, passed away Feb. 21 in a Pennsylvania hospital after a brief illness.
Magic’s son Shawn Holt is now fronting Slim’s legendary band The Teardrops. The younger Holt has brought another Lincoln musician, Levi William, on board with him as an official Teardrop....

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Blues Challenge, Sin City, Zito

Round One of the Blues Society of Omaha’s Nebraska Blues Challenge kicks off at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar on Sunday, March 24. Performing are Crimson Dawn (3:30 p.m.), Thrift Shop Radio (4:40 p.m.), Lou DeLuca & The R&M Blues Band (5:50 p.m.) and Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers (7 p.m.). Rounds Two and Three take place April 7 at Gator O’Malley’s and April 21 at McKenna’s with a total of 14 bands...

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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...

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<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...

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<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...

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