Shemekia Copeland at the Holland Center – SOLD OUT!

“Shemekia’s a ball-of-fire vocalist with a voice that’s part Memphis, part Chicago and all woman… devastatingly powerful. She’s a great singer, period.copeland
– CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

Whether she’s belting out a raucous blues-rocker, firing up a blistering soul-
shouter, bringing the spirit to a gospel-fueled R&B rave-up or digging deep down into a subtle, country-tinged ballad, Shemekia Copeland sounds like no one else. With a voice that is alternately sultry, assertive and roaring, Shemekia’s wide-open vision of contemporary blues, roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with a modern musical and lyrical approach. The Chicago Tribune says Copeland delivers “gale force singing and power” with a “unique, gutsy style, vibrant emotional palette and intuitive grasp of the music.”NPR Music calls her “fiercely expressive.”

Copeland’s return to Alligator Records with Outskirts Of Love (she recorded four albums for the label from 1998 through 2006) finds her at her most charismatic, performing roots rock, Americana, and blues with power and authority, nuance and shading. Produced by The Wood Brothers’ Oliver Wood, Outskirts Of Love is a musical tour-de-force, with Copeland rocking out on the title track, taking charge in Crossbone Beach, honoring her father, the late Johnny Clyde Copeland with her Afrobeat-infused take on his Devil’s Hand, tackling homelessness on Cardboard Boxand showing off her country swagger on Drivin’ Out Of Nashville. She puts her stamp on songs made famous by Solomon Burke (I Feel A Sin Coming On), Jesse Winchester (Isn’t That So), Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee (The Battle Is Over), Creedence Clearwater Revival (Long As I Can See The Light), ZZ Top (Jesus Just Left Chicago), Albert King (Wrapped Up In Love Again), and Jessie Mae Hemphill (Lord, Help The Poor And Needy). Friends including Billy F Gibbons, Robert Randolph, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Will Kimbrough and Pete Finney all add their talent with unbridled enthusiasm. The result is the most decidedly contemporary and musically adventurous album of Copeland’s still-evolving career.

Copeland has performed thousands of gigs at clubs, festivals and concert halls all over the world and has appeared on national television, NPR, and in newspapers, films and magazines. She is a mainstay on countless commercial and non-commercial radio stations. She has sung with Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Carlos Santana, James Cotton and many others. She opened for The Rolling Stones and entertained U.S. troops in Iraq and Kuwait. Jeff Beck calls her “f*cking amazing.” Santana says, “She’s incandescent…a diamond.” At the 2011 Chicago Blues Festival, the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois officially declared Copeland to be “The New Queen Of The Blues.” In 2012, she performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama. Afterward, Jagger, with whom she sang, sent her a bottle of champagne.

With Outskirts Of Love and a packed tour schedule, Copeland has her eyes fixed firmly on the future as she continues to break new musical ground. “I want to keep growing, to be innovative,” she says. “I’m a lifer, singing about things that bother me, using my music to help people. My dad always said ‘we’re all connected.’ I’m an old soul marching to the beat of my own drum,” she continues. “And right now I’m making the most exciting music of my career.

Ticket Info

Kit Kelley Birthday Bash

Submitted by: Steve

Event Name: Kit Kelley Birthday Bash Event Date: September 30, 2015 Doors Open: 03:00 PM
Show Starts: 05:00 PM Show Ends: 10:00 PM

Location: 21st Saloon
Address: 4727 S. 96th St.

Headliner: The Nick Moss Band
Website: http://www.nickmoss.com/

Distinct, honest, and intense — a blend of traditional blues and progressive, jam-oriented blues rock. Face-melting guitar solos that rise above the crowded field of pretenders, and a versatile band that brilliantly delivers unparalleled improvisational jams to packed houses night after night, city after city.

Artist #2:
Website:

Artist #3:
Website:

Volunteers: Yes
No
No
Yes

Supplies: Membership (application forms, membership cards, clipboards and pens;), Membership List (Becky Packard will pull on demand), Tablet or Smart Phone w/Swiper for Credit Card Sales, BSO Merchandise Table

Event Owner: Kit Kelley (; (402) 960-1915)

General Notes:

Just an event

Please Note:

The Event Owner is the person responsible for coordinating all aspects of the event; the Event Owner will be the final authority for all decisions, and may delegate authority to make decisions for any of the following aspects of the event.

Blues Society Of Omaha Hosts 5th Annual Nebraska Blues Challenge

OMAHA, NE/USA (Aug. 24, 2015) – The Blues Society of Omaha (BSO), a non-profit organization,  will host the 5th Annual Nebraska Blues Challenge beginning Sunday, September 13, 2015.  The Nebraska Blues Challenge will send the winning band  to compete at the  32nd International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, TN January 26-30, 2016 (www.blues.org).    Cash prizes, studio recording time and other prizes will be given to the top three finalists as well.
 
Three preliminary showcase events will be held; September 13, September 20, and September 27 with the band receiving the most points in each round advancing to the finals. The finals will take place Sunday, October 4.   All rounds will be hosted by the 21st Saloon in Omaha, 4727 S. 96th Street.  The BSO invites all live music fans to attend in support of this celebration of Nebraska blues music and our amazingly talented musicians from the area.   There will be a $5.00 cover charge at each event to assist BSO with their expenses.

Competing in the IBCs in Memphis can be a stepping stone for musicians serious about a professional career.  Last year’s Nebraska Blues Challenge winners, The Hector Anchondo Band,  traveled to Memphis in January where they proudly represented Nebraska at the 2015 International Blues Challenge and advanced to the semi-finals.   They have since landed  a booking agent from their exposure at the IBCs and their song, “Shake Me Shake Me,” is on the Keeping The Blues Alive Volume Nine compilation created by Mary4Music.  Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers won the NBC in 2014 and created a buzz in Memphis during their IBC performances. Josh Hoyer’s renamed band, Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal, has just recorded a live CD in Nashville and is working hard on the national touring circuit. Their second album spent 30+ straight weeks in the top ten of RMR Charts for Soul and R&B. Levi William and his band represented Nebraska at the IBC’s in 2013.  The first-ever Nebraska Blues Challenge in 2011 sent the Lil’ Slim Blues Band to the IBCs in  2012, where they advanced into the semi-finals.  First and second year winners Shawn Holt and Levi William now tour and perform together internationally as part of Shawn Holt & The Teardrops, who received the Blues Music Award for Best New Artist in 2014. 

The IBC has evolved into the nation’s biggest and most respected showcase for Blues musicians ready to take their act to the national stage. The IBC is a judged “Battle of the Bands” in which competitors take the stage and play a short set for a panel of judges. The acts are judged based on an established set of criteria.  The Nebraska Blues Challenge will follow a similar criteria.   Artists competing in Memphis perform in front of blues labels, promoters, booking agents, publicists and journalists. They also have the opportunity to network with other artists and professionals.

The list of current blues artists that have competed in the IBCs over the years is impressive indeed: Eddie Cotton, Selwyn Birchwood, Davina & The Vagabonds, Barbara Blue, Fiona Boyes, Eden Brent, the late Michael Burks, Sean Carney, Albert Castiglia, Tommy Castro, Grady Champion, the late Sean Costello, Albert Cummings, Delta Moon, Larry Garner, Joey Gilmore, Diunna Greenleaf, Zac Harmon, Homemade Jamz Blues Band, Richard Johnston, Robin Rogers, Matthew Skoller, JP Soars, Super Chikan, Susan Tedeschi, Teeny Tucker, Trampled Under Foot and Watermelon Slim.

Phoenix, AZ, bluesman Bob Corritore, Blues Music Award winner and Keeping the Blues Alive Award recipient, says of the IBCs “I once thought that going to the IBCs (International Blues Challenge) was all about the band competition, and perhaps for some it is. But for a number of years now I have chosen to attend to be a part of what I feel is the bigger picture of this event. To me this event is a family gathering of blues people who come to get the feeling of community that is so powerfully demonstrated in these few days. Everyone is there for the blues, and that’s a powerful thing.” 

The Blues Society of Omaha is an all volunteer non-profit organization that was formed in 1998.   Their mission of “Keeping the Blues Alive” can be seen through their efforts in supporting blues music, musicians, venues, festivals and special events such as the Nebraska Blues Challenge. They are recognized by artists and industry leaders as one of the most active and enthusiastic blues societies in the country. Their decision to participate in the International Blues Challenge underlines their focus on showcasing Nebraska’s amazing musicians, creating a broader recognition of this talent and supporting the blues music genre at both the local and national levels. More information on the BSO can be found at www.omahablues.com, including how to support their mission on an individual or corporate level.  Complete details on the International Blues Challenge 2016 can be found by visiting www.blues.org/ .
 
Press Contact:
Michelle Olmstead

402-658-5737

[email protected]

Test Event #3 – Update

Submitted by: Steve

Event Name: Test Event #3 – Update Event Date: August 26, 2015 Doors Open: 04:30 PM
Show Starts: 06:00 PM Show Ends: 09:00 PM

Location: The Downslow
Address: 13th & Mike Fahey Drive

Headliner: Loomington Hammis
Website: http://www.loomingtonhammis.com

You love it when he jumps up on the tables… come see what he does when there is only lawn chairs with people sitting in them!

Please note the location of the event has been changed to the Downslow.

Artist #2:
Website:

Artist #3:
Website:

Volunteers: Yes
No
No
No
Yes

The Downslow will take care of the tickets and door, and are allowing us to have a merchandise table. Yay!

Supplies: Tablet or Smart Phone w/Swiper for Credit Card Sales, BSO Merchandise Table, Promotional Items (Abbreviated Newsletters, Stickers, other handouts), Indoor BSO Signage at Venue, Outdoor Signage at Venue

Event Owner: Steve Krueger ([email protected]; (402) 960-1915)

General Notes:

Nothing to Note at this time.

Please Note:

The Event Owner is the person responsible for coordinating all aspects of the event; the Event Owner will be the final authority for all decisions, and may delegate authority to make decisions for any of the following aspects of the event.

Donate Life Nebraska Benefit Event Featuring Walter Trout and Tommy Castro!

Walter Trout received a life-saving liver transplant on Memorial Day 2014 at the Lied Transplant Center, at Nebraska Medicine. One organ donor can potentially save 8 lives and help another 50 people. We want to help spread the word about the importance of organ donation.

Music All Day on the Covered Stage of the River City Star Pavilion Main Stage Under the Big Tent – Rain or Shine Full Cash Bars & Food Vendors on-site

Schedule for the Day (as of 7/9):

1:00 pm – Gates Open

2:00 pm – Lauren Anderson Band

3:15 pm – Terry Quiett Band Reunion

5:00 pm – Tommy Castro and the Painkillers w/Brad Cordle, Teresa James, and Terry Wilson

7:00 pm – Walter Trout Band

8:30 pm – Ending Jam

 

Test Event #2

Submitted by: Steve

Event Name: Test Event #2 Event Date: August 14, 2015 Doors Open: 05:00 PM
Show Starts: 06:30 PM Show Ends: 09:00 PM

Location: Ozoney Test Venue
Address: 72nd & F

Headliner: Peter, Paul, but No Mary
Website: http://peterpaulnomary.com

Strap on your Chuck Taylors and come see the famous trio minus one at the Ozoney!

Artist #2: Mama Cass & 16th Street Wailers
Website: http://www.mamacass.com

Who better to warm up the crowd, than the famous Mama! Well, maybe her long-lost daughter that no one ever knew about, anyway.

Artist #3:
Website:

Volunteers: Yes
Yes

Yes
No

Nothing in particular

Supplies: Membership (application forms, membership cards, clipboards and pens;), Membership List (Becky Packard will pull on demand), Tablet or Smart Phone w/Swiper for Credit Card Sales, Promotional Items (Abbreviated Newsletters, Stickers, other handouts), 100, Indoor BSO Signage at Venue

Event Owner: Cinda Tully ([email protected]; (402) 555-1212)

General Notes:

Awesome, fun event for the whole family (well, maybe except for Grandma).

Please Note:

The Event Owner is the person responsible for coordinating all aspects of the event; the Event Owner will be the final authority for all decisions, and may delegate authority to make decisions for any of the following aspects of the event.

Test Event #1

Submitted by: Steve

Event Name: Test Event #1 Event Date: July 16, 2015 Doors Open: 04:30 PM
Show Starts: 06:00 PM Show Ends: 08:30 PM

Location: 21st Saloon
Address: 96th & L

Headliner: Josh Hamilton
Website: http://www.hamiltonjosh.com

Exciting and vibrant, this 10-year old guitarist will blow you away with his mature ax licks. Come see him before he turns 11 and gets grounded for staying out too late!

Artist #2:
Website:

Artist #3:
Website:

Volunteers: No

Supplies: Membership (application forms, membership cards, clipboards and pens;), Promotional Items (Abbreviated Newsletters, Stickers, other handouts), Indoor BSO Signage at Venue

Event Owner: Terry Sedivy ([email protected]; (402) 555-1212)

General Notes:

Special show for Blues Ed

Please Note:

The Event Owner is the person responsible for coordinating all aspects of the event; the Event Owner will be the final authority for all decisions, and may delegate authority to make decisions for any of the following aspects of the event.

The Omaha Lounge

In the historic Barker Building

1505 Farnam Street

Omaha, NE

Live Jazz and Blues Every Night from 7:30pm to 10:30pm 

Our Live Musicians perform weekly check our website for artists, date and time  www.theomahalounge.com/

Join Us for Happy Hour from 4pm to 7pm and then again from 10pm to Midnight.

Laura Rain and the Caesars

Jun 4, 2015: 6 – 8:30 pm

The 21st Saloon

$10

Laura Rain and the Caesars are a powerhouse Soul, Blues, and R&B quartet, fronted by the dynamic, soul fire, Laura Rain.

Rain is a classically trained soprano, but there is little evidence of the restrictions and limitations of classical music in her voice, which soars and swoops with ludicrous ease over each melody, often bordering on the very edge of control. Laura Rain and the Caesars say they are reclaining the storied Detroit soul music legacy from the ravages of time, neglect, and electronic dance music.

http://www.laurarainthecaesars.bandcamp.com/

http://www.laurarain.net/