Benoit, Magness, Lager, Bel Airs & PWF

Fiery Louisiana bluesman Tab Benoit plays Knickerbockers in Lincoln on Friday, July 29.

Multiple-award winner Janiva Magness is a don’t-miss artist. She brings her powerhouse blues and soul to The 21st Saloon this Thursday, July 28, at 5:30 p.m.

“What Should We Do? Run?”

Kris Lager Band’s van caught fire while driving home from South Dakota to make their Red Sky gig on Saturday, July 23.

Lager says his first thoughts were “What should we do? Run?”

While Lager and John Fairchild moved equipment and their trailer, bandmates Jeremiah Weir and Brandon Miller got the fire out with water bottles and a blanket . No one was injured. Miller’s family helped the band get to their Red Sky gig. They enthusiastically rocked the small crowd for a good 90 minutes despite the heat and the day’s bad luck, with the usually mellow Lager joking onstage about his reaction. Next time you see the group, buy a CD or a T-Shirt. Every little bit will help get their touring vehicle fixed.

In happier news, Lager may start writing lullabies. Congratulations to Lager and girlfriend Gina Blobaum who became proud parents of a beautiful baby girl named Journey on July 18.

The Lager band and bassist Brandon Miller are behind the Hullabaloo Music & Camping Festival on Aug. 5, 6 and 7 at River West Park, 233 & Maple. Check hullabaloomusicfestival.com.

Playing With Fire Needs You

This year’s sole Playing With Fire concert with Sharon Jones got the attention of fans outside the blues. Even rock colleague Tim McMahan jumped on the PWF bandwagon, writing several times about the event including a post-show commentary in
last week’s Lazy-i column.

Though the heat cut down attendance it was an amazing night of soulful music. Founder Jeff Davis and the PWF team hope the event continues in 2012, but that is contingent on finding significant financial sponsorship. Visit PlayingWithFireOmaha.net to see how to help.

Hot Notes

Also check last week’s Lazy-i for a wrap up of the first ever Omaha Girls Rock camp for budding teen musicians.

The Bel Airs are on tap for the 21st Saloon next Thursday, Aug. 4, at 5:30 p.m. The Bel Airs also play Lincoln’s Zoo Bar on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 6-9 p.m.

Austin honky-tonk & country band Horse Opera plays Louis in Benson onThursday, July 28, (9 p.m. free show) and the Zoo Bar on Friday, July 29, 5-7 p.m.

posted at 04:18 pm
on Monday, July 25th, 2011

COMMENTS

(We're testing Disqus commenting (finally!); please let us know if you have trouble.)

comments powered by Disqus

 

« Previous Page


Weekend Music, Blues Challenge Announced & More

The weekend includes great roots music from some of the area's best bands. Friday, Aug. 21, 9 p.m. Cryin' Heart takes the stage at Harney Street Tavern, for a free show. Cryin' Heart brings back the...

more »


Turn It Up

A couple of pop-up, surprise bookings have hit the schedule for Fremont's The Corner Bar this weekend. The amazing Laura Rain & The Caesars play The Corner Bar Saturday, Aug. 15, 9 p.m. to midnight....

more »


The Forty Fours Shows Cancelled

Great SoCal band The 44's has had to cancel regional shows due to one of the band members who is dealing with a family emergency/illness. Our thoughts are with the band and their families. Remember...

more »


Blues, Roots, Rockabilly & Swing


Lincoln's Tijuana Gigolos make a rare Omaha appearance Thursday, Aug. 6, 6:30-9:30 at Ozone at Anthony's. The Gigolos are some of Lincoln's best musicians and the band plays a great blend of...

more »


Blues Spoken Here

The blues is back at The 21st Saloon after a hiatus to allow for fans to attend Thursday Playing With Fire shows. The 21s's blues shows are Thursdays unless otherwise indicated. Nashville-based Stacy...

more »







Advanced Search