Sharon Jones, Vintage Trouble

Get ready for a dance party as Playing With Fire hosts a special free show at Council Bluffs’ River’s Edge Park as part of the park’s grand opening events. The Playing With Fire show happens on Memorial day, Monday, May 27, gates at 3:30 p.m. and music at 4 p.m.  Hugely popular national artists Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings make their second appearance on a Playing With Fire stage. Jones’...

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Local & National Winners

The national Blues Music Awards were announced Thursday, May 9, in Memphis, Tenn. Awarded annually based on votes by Blues Foundation members, the event honors excellence in blues music. Oregon’s Curtis Salgado, a local favorite with many ties to Omaha, took home the prestigious B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award. Salgado also received the Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year award and the...

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<p>  Gurf Morlix plays Sunday Roadhouse Tuesday, May 14.</p>Morlix Plays Roadhouse

The Sunday Roadhouse ramps up with a bunch of excellent shows in quick succession, beginning with iconic Americana songwriter-singer-guitarist Gurf Morlix Tuesday, May 14, 7:30 p.m., at the Side Door Lounge. The Austin-based Morlix is an in-demand producer as well as a solo artist in his own right. In his early years he was guitarist, bandleader and producer for Lucinda Williams. In more recent...

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<p>  J.D. McPherson brings high-octane roots music to Lincoln's Bourbon Theatre Friday, May 3.</p>Zoo Bar Turns 40

Lincoln’s Zoo Bar celebrates 40 years as a live roots music mecca this year. The official 40th Anniversary events are July 1-6, with three nights of multi-band shows inside the club Monday through Wednesday, July 1-3. Grammy nominee Ruthie Foster plays the club Monday, July 1, to kick things off. Other indoor performances include Bernie Worrell Orchestra (July 2), the Bel Airs and John Nemeth...

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Tommy, Blues Challenge, John Nemeth

Tommy Castro returns to the metro Monday, April 29, 6-9 p.m. at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar and Tuesday, April 30, 6-9 p.m. at The 21st Saloon. His latest band, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, features the return of the band’s original bass player, Randy McDonald. The two have a crackling chemistry that equals big fun as well as fine music. Rounding out the band are Bryan Cage on drums and James Pace on...

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Honeyboy’s New CD, Blues Challenge

Lincoln’s Honeyboy Turner Band has an Omaha CD release party at Havana Garage Friday, April 19, 9 p.m. for their new disc Billiard Playin’ Mama. This is a free, 21 and over show. The band is fresh from a CD release event at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar last week that featured guest appearances by Chicago players in town for the Jammin’ Away the Blues concert last Saturday at Lincoln’s Bourbon Theatre....

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