Anthony Gomes at Chrome Lounge Chrome Lounge, August 23, 2018 6:00 pm Read more…
Rev. Horton Heat, Junior Brown, The Blasters, Big Sandy at Waiting Room The Waiting Room Lounge, November 27, 2018 7:30 pm Read more…
Volunteers are needed for a variety of events this summer... click the image for details!
The Blues Society of Omaha presents Blues Shows on MOST EVERY Thursday at Chrome Lounge from 6pm-9pm.
Get out and get into it!
The Blues Society of Omaha (BSO) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization formed in 1998. We are an all-volunteer organization, dedicated to promoting Blues music in the greater Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska metropolitan areas. We currently have approximately 650 donor-members, who love to get together at the Chrome Lounge, the Zoo Bar, outdoor festivals, and anywhere live Blues music is playing! We’ve even produced our own CDs, consisting of local and regional talent of the highest caliber. Check it out!
Remember the deadline to enter your band is September 9! BSO will again select a band through performances and a judging panel to represent the BSO in Memphis at the 2019 INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE!
Calling all Nebraska Blues Bands! The 8th Annual Nebraska Blues Challenge is open for entries! Now through entry deadline of September 9, 2018
sponsored by the Blues Society of Omaha
Media and Band Contact: Paul Gerber at NebraskaBluesChallenge@OmahaBlues.com
Blue Society of Omaha is now accepting band registrations for the 8th Annual Nebraska Blues Challenge! Interested bands should send an email to NebraskaBluesChallenge@OmahaBlues.com to obtain entry forms and all other specific information.
Registration deadline will be September 9, 2018. All Nebraska bands are eligible to enter. Bands must include one band member who is a current member of the Blues Society of Omaha. In regards to Western Iowa bands, any Iowa band must have 50% of their members living in Nebraska OR within a 50-mile radius of Omaha.
Competition rounds will be held on Sunday afternoons during October at the Chrome Lounge in Omaha. Actual dates and performance times will be announced soon after the entry period is complete. All participating bands have the opportunity to build their fan base by showcasing their music to new listeners during the NBC performances. The BSO invites all live music fans to attend in support of their favorite band and to enjoy this celebration of Nebraska blues music and our amazingly talented musicians from the area. Highest scoring band from each preliminary round will advance to the final round. Highest scoring band overall will receive $1500 in travel expense money to represent Nebraska at the 35th International Blues Challenge held January 22-26, 2019 in Memphis, Tennessee, on historic Beale Street.
Performing at the IBC’s in Memphis is a huge opportunity for artists looking to further their professional career. The IBC is an annual event sponsored by the Blues Foundation and it has become the world's biggest blues gathering and the most respected showcase for blues musicians ready to be crowned from amongst other bands representing affiliated blues societies from around the world. 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 IBC is a judged “Battle of the Bands” in which competitors take the stage and play a short set judged by blues professionals. The acts are judged based on an established set of criteria. The Nebraska Blues Challenge will follow a similar set of criteria.
Competing in the IBC's in Memphis can be a stepping stone for musicians serious about a professional career. Industry professionals say that winning the International Blues Challenge gives the top band the equivalent of $100,000 in blues industry awareness and publicity. Phoenix, AZ, bluesman Bob Corritore, Blues Music Award winner and Keeping the Blues Alive Award recipient, says of the IBC's “I once thought that going to the IBC's (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.” Visit blues.org/international-blues-challenge/ for more information about the 2019 IBC.
Nebraska Blues Challenge Prizes The 1st Place band will receive $1500 as Travel Expense Money to compete in the 2019 International Blues Challenge in Memphis ***AND*** several paid gigs in the region representing the Blues Society of Omaha as the Nebraska Blues Challenge winner including the Central Iowa Blues Society’s Winter Blues Fest in Des Moines, Iowa; the Soaring Wings Wine, Beer, Blues and Balloon Festival in Springfield. Nebraska; and more!
The Blues Society of Omaha is an all-volunteer non-profit organization formed in 1998. The BSO mission of “Keeping the Blues Alive” is demonstrated by our efforts in supporting blues music, musicians, venues, festivals and special events such as the Nebraska Blues Challenge. BSO is recognized by artists and industry leaders as one of the most active and enthusiastic blues societies in the country. BSO's decision to participate in the International Blues Challenge underlines a focus on showcasing Nebraska’s amazing musicians, creating a broader recognition of this talent and supporting the blues music genre at the local, national and international levels. ... See MoreSee Less
Remember this special solo acoustic show from Hadden Sayers is coming a week from today, next Wednesday, Aug. 22 at the B Side of the Benson Theatre. Doors at 5:30, Music 6-9 pm. Full bar available. Seating is limited, advance tickets are recommended -- Admission is $20 and advance tickets are available at: haddensayers.com/event/2355563/472512885/hadden-sayers
It's a CD release celebration for the forthcoming DOPAMINE MACHINE and the companion ACOUSTIC DOPAMINE that drop officially in September. One reviewer observed, Acoustic Dopamine is “a hard hitting contemporary statement that's hiding out as back porch music (but really isn't)." ... See MoreSee Less
The BSO hosts Curtis Salgado at Chrome Lounge on Thursday. Doors will open at 3pm and tickets are still available. Please check the event on this page for more information and the ticket link. Blues Revue says Salgado’s music is “triumphant, joyful, blues-soaked R&B” and declared him to be “one of the most soulful, honest singers ever.” www.curtissalgado.com/media-press... See MoreSee Less