Hot, Hot, Hot

Hoodoo favorites Dave Alvin and his big brother Phil, founding members of The Blasters, are on the road with Alvin’s band The Guilty Ones in support of their disc Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy (Yep Roc). The CD pays tribute to one of the Alvin brothers’ earliest influences and shows Broonzy’s songs are still relevant. See davealvin.net.
The closest the Alvin brothers came to Omaha was Knuckleheads in Kansas City last Friday, Aug. 8. It was a glorious show that featured plenty of tunes from the Broonzy record, plus a shout out to the brothers’ hero, mentor and friend till his death, Big Joe Turner. Turner was born in K.C. and was part of the city’s historic music scene. The two-hour set included a few iconic Blasters’ numbers from Dave’s years with the band. The show also featured some excellent tunes from Phil’s latest jumpin’ record with his current version of The Blasters, Fun on Saturday Night (Rip Cat Records). It was an epic evening that underlined the pure joy music can deliver. The Candye Kane & Laura Chavez band opened. Acclaimed Irish rockabilly-blues singer Imelda May is at the K.C. venue Aug. 17. See knuckleheadshonkytonk.com.

Cancellations
The Royal Southern Brotherhood has cancelled several shows including Wednesday, Aug. 13, at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar due to illness, according to Zoo co-owner Pete Watters. Jon Dee Graham & The Fighting Cocks also had to cancel their scheduled Zoo show Monday, Aug. 18, according to Josh Hoyer, who helps book Zoo shows.

Hot Notes
The Blues Society of Omaha hosts a multi-band event at The River City Star Sunday, Aug. 17, 2:30-6 p.m. on the docked party barge. Tickets are $15 and Sean Chambers Band, Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band and Honeyboy Turner Band perform. Sean Chambers toured with Hubert Sumlin’s band before going solo. Chambers is nominated in this year’s Blues Blast Music Awards for Best Rock Blues Album. See seanchambers.com. K.C.’s Brandon Miller Band plays an after-party at The Hive, 6:30 p.m.
Lincoln’s Zoo Bar hosts guitarist Chris Duarte Thursday, Aug. 14, 6-9 p.m. The Bel Airs rock the Zoo Friday, Aug. 15, 9 p.m. 
Scorching rockabilly singer Nikki Hill and her great band heat up Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Wednesday, Aug. 20, 6-9 p.m. and hit The 21st Saloon Thursday, Aug. 21, 6-9 p.m.
Illinois guitarist Matthew Curry is getting airplay on NPR and has performed at major festivals. He’s at The 21st Saloon Thursday, Aug. 14, 6-9 p.m.

posted at 11:43 pm
on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

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