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Music For The City Concert Series @ The Dam Grill & Bar
June 11 @ 4:30 pmFree
Music starts at 4:30. Please visit musicforthecity.net for more information.
JW Jones – Lucas Haneman Express – Jeremy Mercy & The Rapture Orphans – BluesEd band Us & Them Blues Band
JW Jones – Not bad when Charlie Musselwhite sings your praises and Buddy Guy tells you in 2017 while playing on stage together, “I love the way you play, man.” Jones, a searing Canadian blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter is a 2015 Juno Award nominee, a Billboard magazine Top 10 Selling artist, a winner of the International Blues Challenge for Best Guitarist in 2020, and IBC winner of Best Self-Produced CD Award in 2017. His 2020 release, Sonic Departures, debuted at #4 on the Billboard Blues charts and he was nominated for four 2021 Maples Blues Awards among his 20+ nominations since 2001. His most recent accolade came this year, winning Best Jazz/Blues Artist at the Ottawa Awards. The proof is in the playing… he brings his old-school blues, explosive playing, and all-in delivery to Omaha.
Lucas Haneman Express – With a top 5 album on the Roots Music Report: Top 50 Canada Album Chart in 2019, and a nomination for Best New Act at the 2018 Maple Blues Awards, the Lucas Haneman Express is a soulful, fun-filled, and electrifying musical ride! Frontman, Lucas Haneman, serves up distinctive and explosive guitar work. With Megan Laurence (vocals), Martin Newman (bass), & Val Nehovora (drums), Haneman found his true means of self-expression, with a unique sound drenched in the blues. Lucas Haneman has opened for or performed alongside musicians in a range of styles including The Dave Matthews Band, the late great Jeff Healy, legendary bluesman Robert Cray, The Down Childs Blues Band, and blues legend James Cotton. LHE has been a two-time winner of the Ottawa Blues Challenge, a 2018 Maple Blues nominee, and Lucas, along with Megan Laurence, competed for the second time at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2020. LHE’s latest album Catch The Westbound shows a deep, unique connection to the blues tradition, with gritty passionate material.
Jeremy Mercy was previously the writer/song-singer/paterfamilias of Omaha-based outlaw folk collective Travelling Mercies, with whom he recorded the studio albums Ghosts in the Bloodline (2011), Motel (2014), and Cheap Labor (2018). With 30 failed jobs under his belt by age 30, Mercy turned to music, and his working-class roots run straight through his music, from the blue-collar desperation and resolve of his characters right down to his no-frills guitar playing and song forms. Mercy’s raw and honest songwriting are often elevated to cinematic and transcendent levels.