<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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<p>  Grammy Award winner Mavis Staples performs at Lincoln's Bourbon Theatre Friday, Feb. 22, 8 p.m. Photo courtesy of MavisStaples.com</p>Mavis Staples, Tom Russell

Soul-gospel sensation Mavis Staples takes the stage at Lincoln’s Bourbon Theatre Friday, March 22, 8 p.m. Writer's Note: On Thursday, Feb 21, the Bourbon Theatre posted that this show has been cancelled due to a death in Staples' family. They hope to reschedule. Refunds are available at etix.com. If you caught the tribute to Levon Helm that closed the recent Grammy Awards, that was petite...

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<p>  Austin's Will Sexton is joined by touring partner Shannon McNally at The Side Door Lounge Sunday, Feb. 17, 5 p.m. See <em><a href=Love Live Music

Supergroup Royal Southern Brotherhood rocks Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Thursday, Feb. 14, 6-9 p.m. and plugs in at The 21st Saloon for a special show on Friday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m. Royal Southern Brotherhood is the creative collaboration of the legendary Cyril Neville with blues-rock guitar stars Mike Zito and Devon Allman and fine instrumentalists Charlie Wooten (bass) and Yonrico Scott (drums). See ...

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Levi, PWF & KLB

Lincoln’s Levi William band represented the Blues Society of Omaha in the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis last week. While the band didn’t advance beyond the quarter-finals, they posted this update on Facebook: “We will not move on to the semi-finals here in Memphis. We can honestly say that we have made some new friends while down here at this great event and are so...

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Muddy & The Wolf

Big blues names hit the Holland Performing Arts Center next Wednesday, Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m., to turn the place into a rockin’ juke joint in honor of two extremely influential bluesmen: Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. The tribute, touring as Blues at the Crossroads 2, is anchored by The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Fronted by founding member Kim Wilson on vocals and harmonica, The Fabulous Thunderbirds’...

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Boogie, Blues & Rock

Longtime local audience favorites The Bel Airs boogie into The 21st Saloon Thursday, Jan. 24, 5:30-8:30 p.m. The Columbia, Mo., trio has been filling dance floors for over 30 years with their irresistible mix of Delta and New Orleans blues, vintage rock and R&B. The Bel Airs also play the weekly matinee at the Zoo Bar Wednesday, Jan. 23, 6-9 p.m.

21st Saloon Blues
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