Nikki, Polly, Earl & More

Nikki Hill is a roots-rock force of nature. The spirits of Wanda Jackson and Little Richard meet up in Hill’s remarkable vocals. Guitarist Matt Hill's fretboard workouts give their sound extra punch. They hit Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Wednesday, Aug. 20, and rev up The 21st Saloon Thursday, Aug. 21, both shows 6-9 p.m. See nikkihillmusic.com.

Polly O’Keary
Polly O’Keary is best known locally for her bass work with Too Slim & The Taildraggers. O’Keary and her partner, drummer Tommy Cook, spent four years as the rhythm section for Too Slim. O’Keary had previously fronted her own band in Washington state. She is a three-time winner of the Washington Blues Society’s Female Vocalist of the Year honors as well as the Songwriter of the Year award plus other WBS awards and nominations. She and Cook have reformed Polly O’Keary & The Rhythm Method with guitarist Clint “Seattle Slim” Nonnemaker. See pollyokeary.com. The band plays Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Thursday, Aug. 21, 6-9 p.m. and gigs at McKenna’s next Wednesday, Aug. 27, 7 p.m.

Earl & Them
The marvelous Earl Cate is back with his band Earl & Them. Cate is one-half of the fabled Cate Brothers, whose show at The 21st Saloon earlier this summer was one of the best of the year. Cate carries over his vocals, guitar work and some Cate Brothers’ repertoire to Earl & Them, which also features area native “Baby” Jason Davis on guitar. The group includes drummer Terry Cagle, who also drums for The Cate Brothers, played with The Band and is Levon Helm’s nephew. They play Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Friday, Aug. 22, 5-7 p.m. and Saturday, 6-9 p.m. See earlandthem.com.

Zoo Bar
The Zoo hosts Matt Cox’s Lincoln CD release party for Nishnabotna, Friday, Aug. 22, 9:30 p.m. Two big blues acts are back for early shows next week. Rick Estrin & The Nightcats is a quadruple threat of badass musicians who always deliver. They play Tuesday, Aug. 26, 6-9 p.m. The powerhouse combination of amazing vocalist Candye Kane and guitar star Laura Chavez hits the Zoo Wednesday, Aug. 27, 6-9 p.m.

Hot Notes
Due to a scheduling mix-up, Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch are not at McKenna's Saturday, Aug. 23. Check Elmore's music out at jasonelmore.net.
The OEAA Summer Showcase happens in Benson this Friday and Saturday, Aug. 22-23, with over 50 bands at six venues. See the schedule at oea-awards.com.
The Blues Society of Omaha presents the second preliminary round of the Nebraska Blues Challenge at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Sunday, Aug. 24, 3 p.m. See Facebook.com/BluesSocietyofOmaha.

posted at 01:05 am
on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

COMMENTS

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

comments powered by Disqus

 

« Previous Page


Movin’ & Shakin’

Last week the 36th Annual Blues Music Awards were handed out May 7 in Memphis in a gala event at the Cook Convention Center. In some ways, the sold-out dinner and awards show was your usual dinner...

more »


Here Kitty, Kitty

Two new Hoodoo favorites are up in the next couple of weeks at The 21st Saloon.

Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch stir up a rich gumbo of great music from blues and swing to soul, Americana and rock....

more »


These All-Stars Sizzle

Lincoln's Zoo Bar hosts three of the top acts in contemporary blues Monday, May 4, 6-9 p.m. Fabulous blues bandleaders Mark Hummel, Anson Funderburgh and Little Charlie Baty have teamed up with the...

more »


May’s Got Roots

One of the stand-out shows for May is the return of The Cate Brothers, who perform Sunday, May 24, 6 p.m. at The 21st Saloon. Earl and Ernie Cate have deep roots in American music, from their own...

more »


PWF, BSO & More

Playing With Fire concert promoter Jeff Davis has announced three dates for 2015 in conjunction with sponsor-hosts Midtown Crossing. The Playing With Fire concerts are part of the summer long...

more »







Advanced Search