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Guitar Heroes Turn It Up

Guitar fans have three big blues-rock guitar shows to look forward to in The 21st Saloon's Thursday 5:30 p.m. blues series. Popular Chicago axe-slinger Ronnie Baker Brooks hits the stage on Thursday, Aug. 21. He’s the son of the great Lonnie Brooks and himself a guitar star.

The following Thursday, Aug. 25, new fan favorite Mike Zito plugs in.

Zito’s high-energy, positive vibe and guitar power should appeal to...


Enso in the House

It’s a good time to be a DJ in Omaha. There are scores of venues available (the Waiting Room, House of Loom and even restaurants/bars like Blue and Roja, just to name a few), and the competition is getting cutthroat. So who is Enso? Not just another DJ. His name is Derrick Calloway, and he was born to play music.

“I don’t know if there was a moment when I wasn’t into music," Calloway say. "I’ve been playing an...


World of Winter

I recently met Jes Winter (officially) while working at Urban Outfitters. I'd seen a few photos, but heard many of her hauntingly beautiful songs. I had been exchanging e-mails with the driving force behind local favorite, the Jes Winter Band. She smiled and told me: “This is so funny, but it’s kind of magical. We were meant to meet.”

Winter was had choosing outfits for her CD release party Aug. 11 at the...


Warped Tour Memories

* Between torrential downpours Thursday, I caught two distinctly different live music events. The day started early at Westfair Amphitheater in Council Bluffs for the 2011 Vans Warped Tour. The sprawling summer road show is amazingly organized. It crams a bucketload of bands into one day's worth of shows and then pops up a day later in a different city. What originally was billed as a punk and pop-punk event has...


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