<p>  Chris O'Leary, former vocalist for Levon Helm's The Barnburners, plays The 21st Saloon Thursday, July 25, with his band. Brandon Santini Band opens at 5:30 p.m.</p>

Chris O'Leary, former vocalist for Levon Helm's The Barnburners, plays The 21st Saloon Thursday, July 25, with his band. Brandon Santini Band opens at 5:30 p.m.

Balderston Benefit & Local Notes

This is another event-packed week for roots music. Veteran Omaha bassist Craig Balderston (of The 9s, Brad Cordle Band and Brad Hoshaw & The Seven Deadlies) had his bass rig stolen recently. There is a benefit Sunday, July 28, 3-7 p.m. at The 21st Saloon to raise funds to help Balderston replace his gear. Through the efforts of former Blues Society of Omaha president, former local venue owner and Balderston’s friend Terry O’Halloran, donations are also being accepted online at youcaring.com/other/craig-balderston-benefit/74054.

Live & Local
It is a big weekend for local music with Travelling Mercies and The Decatures sharing a CD release party at The Waiting Room on Saturday, July 27, 9 p.m.  Also performing are Rock Paper Dynamite and Matt Cox. Travelling Mercies celebrates the official release of their new disc, Motel, finished with a successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year. The CD captures The Mercies’ impassioned electric troubadour folk and gypsy rock sound, amping up mighty fine original songs. The Decatures mix up hard-edged rock with blues and surf influences. This young band’s new disc is Fat Kid LP.
Lincoln’s Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers gigs at Louis Grill & Bar, 5702 Northwest Radial Hwy., Saturday, July 27, 9 p.m. Writer's Note: Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers at Louis is cancelled. See them Thursday, Aug. 8 at Jazz on the Green. See Facebook event for Louis cancellation details at www.facebook.com/events/224355731045309.
Also going on in Benson at various venues on Saturday, July 27, is Benson After Dark, a fundraiser for the Benson Business Association and Benson Neighborhood Association. See this Facebook event for details on the Benson After Dark schedule. www.facebook.com/events/293635464113325

Zoo Bar Blues
Shows coming up at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar include intriguing blues-based duo Hopeless Jack & The Handsome Devil from Portland, Ore., with The Decatures and Patrick Bradley after 9 p.m. Thursday, July 25. Award-winner Watermelon Slim plays the Zoo Friday, July 26, 5-7 p.m. Writer's Note: Watermelon Slim has cancelled. Josh Hoyer & Sons of 76 will perform at the Zoo Friday, July 26, 5-7 p.m. Also, Lil' Slim Blues Band featuring Sean Benjamin have been added for shows on Friday and Saturday July 26 and 27 at the Zoo Bar, 9 p.m.
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats shake things up Sunday, July 28, 6-9 p.m.
Chicago’s Steepwater Band plugs in Wednesday, July 31, 6-9 p.m., and the haunting Americana of Eilen Jewell is up on Thursday, Aug. 1, 6-9 p.m.

21st Saloon
The fiery Chicago blues of Brandon Santini Band from Memphis opens the 5:30 p.m. blues matinee this Thursday, July 25, at The 21st Saloon. Chris O’Leary Band headlines the show. O’Leary was the frontman for Levon Helm’s band The Barnburners for 6 years. See thechrisolearyband.com.

Hot Notes
The OK Sisters play Heartland Café in Elkhorn Saturday, July 27, 7:30-10:30 p.m. See heartlandcafe.net. Jumping blues from Honeyboy Turner Band is on tap at Havana Garage Saturday, July 27,  9 p.m. Legendary songwriter John Hiatt performs at the Rococo Theatre Sunday, July 28, 8 p.m. See rococotheatre.com.

posted at 04:12 pm
on Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

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