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136 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE United States
402-435-8754 http://www.zoobar.com/

In a storied building built in 1921 sits the ZOO bar, a narrow nightspot that’s been a staple for live music in downtown Lincoln since 1973.

Some big time acts have walked through the hallowed club’s doors including Buddy Guy, Bo Diddley, Albert Collins and Otis Rush.

Throughout 2015, a variety of bands will play on the same stage graced by those legends in honor of ZOO Bar’s 42nd Anniversary.

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August 2018

Bobby Messano – Zoo Bar, Lincoln

August 18, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
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Anthony Gomes @ the Zoo Bar

August 22, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Biography Rock 'n' Roll for your Cowboy Soul Saddle up with Anthony Gomes and the New Soul Cowboys, as the award winning, acclaimed tough-rockin' soulful singer-guitarist and his rough 'n' tumble Nashville-based outfit, are ready to take on the world. Drawing on the musical core that links blues, rock, soul and country, he's joined by the New Soul Cowboys, featuring bassist David Karns, drummer Peter Lang and keyboardist Dylan St. John. "First and fore most, we are Southern Rock," Gomes…

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Teresa James at Zoo Bar

August 23, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Originally from Houston, Texas, Teresa is based in Los Angeles where she has assembled a group of some of the top LA based touring and session musicians in her band, The Rhythm Tramps. They have been working in the LA area and at blues festivals and clubs throughout the US and Europe for many years. For the last 12 years, the band has also been a favorite on Delbert McClinton's Sandy Beaches Blues Cruise. She has released 8 CDs -…

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Blues Project – Zoo Bar Lincoln

August 25, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Lincoln, NE United States
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Zoo Bar House Band’s Open Blues Jam @ Zoo Bar

August 27, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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KZUM Blues Blowout w/ Indigenous and more!

August 31, 2018 @ 9:00 pm
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Lincoln, NE United States
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September 2018

Zoo Bar House Band’s Open Blues Jam @ Zoo Bar

September 3, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Earl and Them, Zoo Bar, Lincoln, NE

September 7, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Lincoln, NE United States
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Zoo Bar House Band’s Open Blues Jam @ Zoo Bar

September 10, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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bluesbeatles – Zoo Bar Lincoln, NE

September 11, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hurricane Ruth @ Zoo Bar

September 12, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
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Lincoln, NE United States
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"She's a powerhouse. She just fills the room with excitement. She's a hurricane on stage, no doubt about that. You just can't stop her. She would be a CAT 5 if you had to put her on the hurricane scale." Kevin Barry - Bonita Blues Festival "LaMaster's voice is incredible, and she deserves a spot next to the best belters in history. She's expressive and captivating." - Professor Johnny P - Johnny P's Juke Joint https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWZWjoAHmqM

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Zoo Bar House Band’s Open Blues Jam @ Zoo Bar

September 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Laura Rain and the Caesars at the Zoo Bar

September 19, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Zoo Bar House Band’s Open Blues Jam @ Zoo Bar

September 24, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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MARIA THE MEXICAN @ Zoo Bar

September 27, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
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Lincoln, NE United States
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$10 – $12

Lawrence, KS— Kansas City/Lawrence-based Mexicana/Americana/Indie Rock fusionists MARIA THE MEXICAN unveil the fruits of a summer of dedicated work on new music with a new touring band at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Thurs., Sept. 27. Showtime is 6 pm. Tickets are $10 adv. / $12 at the door and available at zoobar.com and at the club 136 N. 14th St. 402.435.8754. For MARIA THE MEXICAN principal Maria Elena Cuevas it’s not about her…then again, it is. The band is actually named…

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Rockin’ Johnny Burgin at the Zoo Bar

September 28, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Elektric Voodoo @ Zoo Bar

September 29, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Lincoln, NE United States
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Elektric Voodoo is a new band from San Diego, CA that blends afrobeat, deep space blues, and psychedelic rock & roll into rhythmically charged 4 to 7 minute songs that end up being neither genre or era specific. This 5 piece ensemble is centered around the drums, percussion, and bass as all of the songs were built on driving rhythms that are undeniably propulsive. On top of this beat heavy foundation layers of guitars, vintage keyboards, and undefinable sounds swirl…

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Webb Wilder at the Zoo Bar

September 30, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Webb Wilder is an evangelist for real Rock 'n' Roll. As a singer, guitarist, bandleader, film actor, songwriter and humorist, he may be roots-rock's only true Renaissance man. POWERFUL STUFF! will no doubt find favor with Webb's devoted legion of fans, but its affecting songs and masterful performances are sure to bring many newcomers into the fold. In listening one can hear a marvelous encapsulation of things right and righteous, wistful yet wild, strange at times but always strong. Garage…

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October 2018

Zoo Bar House Band’s Open Blues Jam @ Zoo Bar

October 1, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Orphan Jon and the Abandoned @ Zoo Bar

October 3, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Lincoln, NE United States
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BIO Orphan Jon and The Abandoned is an American Roots & Blues band from Southern California. Recently signed to SoCal’s highly respected and well established blues label Rip Cat Records; a label that has such legendary and iconic blues artists as The Blasters, Kid Ramos, Lynwood Slim, Barry Levenson, White Boy James, KK Martin, Blue Lunch, as well as contemporary artists as John Clifton, Black Market III, Alastair Greene, Johnny Mastro and Mamas Boys, Jade Bennett and Gino Matteo. OJATA…

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Josh Hoyer and Soul Colossal @ Zoo Bar

October 5, 2018 @ 9:00 pm - October 6, 2018 @ 11:30 pm
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Lincoln, NE United States
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BIO Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal's combination of soul, funk and R&B is in a word, electric. Best displayed in their high-energy live show, the blend of Hoyer's honest lyrics and his rich, intensely soulful vocals merge with his top-notch band to create an undeniable chemistry. Hoyer formed Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal in 2012 in famed blues town Lincoln, Nebraska. The award-winning five-piece band includes some of the area's most revered and accomplished musicians. Joining Hoyer (keyboards/vocals) is Benjamin…

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Zoo Bar House Band’s Open Blues Jam @ Zoo Bar

October 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Eric Gales @ Zoo bar

October 9, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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BIO  Gales picked up the guitar at age four. His older siblings, Eugene and Manuel (Little Jimmy King), taught him songs and licks when he was young, in the style of Jimi Hendrix, Albert King, B.B. Kingand others. In 1985, the young Gales began to play at blues competitions with his brother Eugene backing him on bass. Although Gales plays a right-handed guitar "upside-down" (with the bass E string on the bottom), he is not naturally left-handed; he was taught…

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Lindsay Beaver @ Zoo Bar

October 10, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
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Lincoln, NE United States
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SINGING DRUMMER LINDSAY BEAVER BRINGS ALLIGATOR RECORDS DEBUT TO LINCOLN AND OMAHA! "She's like the love child of Amy Winehouse and Little Richard." --Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records president "When I first started out, I couldn't find a singer I liked and I couldn't find a drummer I liked, so I decided to do both." --Lindsay Beaver Blues-rocking, soul-singing drummer, songwriter and bandleader Lindsay Beaver celebrates the October 12th release of her Alligator Records debut CD, TOUGH AS LOVE, with live…

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Zoo Bar House Band’s Open Blues Jam @ Zoo Bar

October 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Paul Nelson Band @ Zoo bar

October 17, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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BIO Nelson was not only guitarist to legendary rock/blues icon Johnny Winter but is recognized in his own right as one of today’s premier guitarists. “Johnny definitely took me under his wing,” Nelson remembers his late friend and mentor.“The blues world does that. One musician hands you the torch, and then you try to run with it. Johnny took pride in turning me on to the likes of Robert Johnson, T-Bone Walker, Muddy Waters Delta, Texas and Chicago blues –…

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Zoo Bar House Band’s Open Blues Jam @ Zoo Bar

October 22, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Vanessa Collier @ the Zoo Bar

October 24, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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BIO “There’s a young lady came onstage with me, I forget where I was, but she’s playing an alto saxophone, and man, she was amazing.”   Those are the words of Buddy Guy in a recent issue of American Blues Scene, describing an impromptu performance with Vanessa Collier on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise. If you haven’t been fortunate enough to meet Vanessa and witness one of her head-turning, fiery, and passionate performances, you should definitely make sure you…

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Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials @ Zoo Bar

October 26, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Lincoln, NE United States
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BIO In Chicago, a city overflowing with unrivaled blues talent, world-renowned Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials have been standing tall for over 30 years. The band’s big sound, fueled by Lil’ Ed’s gloriously rollicking slide work and deep blues string bending, along with his rough-edged, soulful vocals, is as real and hard-hitting as Chicago blues gets. The Chicago Sun-Times says, “Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials are the hottest purveyors of bottleneck boogie to come “Lil’ Ed & The…

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Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials @ Zoo Bar

October 27, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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BIO In Chicago, a city overflowing with unrivaled blues talent, world-renowned Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials have been standing tall for over 30 years. The band’s big sound, fueled by Lil’ Ed’s gloriously rollicking slide work and deep blues string bending, along with his rough-edged, soulful vocals, is as real and hard-hitting as Chicago blues gets. The Chicago Sun-Times says, “Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials are the hottest purveyors of bottleneck boogie to come “Lil’ Ed & The…

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Zoo Bar House Band’s Open Blues Jam @ Zoo Bar

October 29, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Nikki Hill with the Heather Newman Band @ Zoo Bar

October 31, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Heather Newman BIO The love of blues grew in Heather's heart from a young age where she was fortunate enough to participate in the BluesEd program based out of her hometown, Omaha, NE. Through the program she gained knowledge of the business from national and international blues musicians. All of whom challenged her to put her skills to the test and see how far hard work would take her. Heather began to teach herself how to play guitar, eventually booking…

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November 2018

Jimmy D. Lane with the Sebastian Lane Band & Mannix @ Zoo Bar

November 2, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Lincoln, NE United States
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Jimmy D. Lane, is an American electric blues guitarist. Lane was born to the Chess blues musician Jimmy Rogers and his wife Dorothy. In his childhood, he got to know many older bluesmen who worked with his father, including Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Willie Mabon, Little Walter and Albert King. In 1998, Lane played for the then President Bill Clinton. He has worked with Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Jim Keltner, Keith Richards, B.B. King, Van Morrison, Jonny Lang, Gary Moore,…

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Katy G and the Girls @ The Zoo Bar

November 3, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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About With each release, Katy Guillen & the Girls take new strides toward enhancing and expanding their creative process. In five years as a national touring act, the trio has shaped a musical identity rooted in the blues, taking cues from the timeless guitar riffs of Jimi Hendrix to the visionary songwriting of Patty Griffin and the indie rock revivalist sound of Heartless Bastards. Katy Guillen & the Girls have amassed a substantial following across the country for their vivacious…

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Zoo Bar House Band’s Open Blues Jam @ Zoo Bar

November 5, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Bruce Katz @ Zoo Bar

November 9, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Zoo Bar House Band’s Open Blues Jam @ Zoo Bar

November 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Kris Lager @ Zoo Bar

November 16, 2018 @ 10:00 pm
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BIO A genuine musical journeyman, Kris Lager brings a feel good musical experience everywhere he goes.  One of those rare and dynamic performers who deliver a combination of musical ability and charisma, Kris Lager will  make you want to dance, clap, and sing along creating a fun and interactive show laced with road tested songs, and contagious grooves. “I wanna lift up your spirits through song and dance!”, Says Kris Lager.  “When music is created from a place of love and delivered…

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Kris Lager @ Zoo Bar

November 17, 2018 @ 9:00 pm
Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St
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BIO A genuine musical journeyman, Kris Lager brings a feel good musical experience everywhere he goes.  One of those rare and dynamic performers who deliver a combination of musical ability and charisma, Kris Lager will  make you want to dance, clap, and sing along creating a fun and interactive show laced with road tested songs, and contagious grooves. “I wanna lift up your spirits through song and dance!”, Says Kris Lager.  “When music is created from a place of love and delivered…

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Zoo Bar House Band’s Open Blues Jam @ Zoo Bar

November 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Josh Hoyer & The Soul Colossal @ Zoo Bar F.A.C.

November 23, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Zoo Bar House Band’s Open Blues Jam @ Zoo Bar

November 26, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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The Mezcal Brothers @ Zoo Bar

November 29, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Biography 2016 inductees to The Nebraska Music Hall of Fame, The Mezcal Brothers have been performing their original blend of Rockabilly, Roots Rock and Country music since 1998. All members call Lincoln Nebraska their home, which has recently been labeled as a music city by it’s mayor. With no shortage of music venues and talented bands, it is no wonder The Mezcal Brothers continue to strive in this particular environment. Influenced by the sounds of early Rock & Roll, The…

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Fabtones @ Zoo Bar F.A.C.

November 30, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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December 2018

Zoo Bar House Band’s Open Blues Jam @ Zoo Bar

December 3, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Toy Drive For Pine Ridge @ Zoo Bar

December 6, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Lincoln, NE United States
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Mission The Toy Drive for Pine Ridge is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that collects and delivers toys for children of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, and raises donations for heating, clothing, food, and educational resources for residents of the reservation. Bands  Lash LaRue & The Six Guns, Levi Williams Blues Band, (+1) Cost : $10 or unwrapped toy

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Mike Zito @ Zoo Bar F.A.C.

December 7, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Bio There may not be a more honest bluesman than Mike Zito, whose 15th album ‘First Class Life’ comes out May 11 on Ruf Records. The rocking yet poignant title track explores his journey from addiction to sobriety and then musical recognition; he is a two-time 2017 Blues Music Award nominee. “Second chance at a first class life,” he sings, recalling the hard times. The Texas-based musician smiles and continues, “I grew up poor in St. Louis, and now I'm travelling…

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Zoo Bar House Band’s Open Blues Jam @ Zoo Bar

December 10, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Jon Dee Graham @ Zoo Bar

December 11, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
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Earl & Them @ Zoo Bar F.A.C.

December 14, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Earl & them @ The Zoo Bar

December 15, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Zoo Bar House Band’s Open Blues Jam @ Zoo Bar

December 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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The Mezcal Brothers @ the Zoo Bar

December 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Biography 2016 inductees to The Nebraska Music Hall of Fame, The Mezcal Brothers have been performing their original blend of Rockabilly, Roots Rock and Country music since 1998. All members call Lincoln Nebraska their home, which has recently been labeled as a music city by it’s mayor. With no shortage of music venues and talented bands, it is no wonder The Mezcal Brothers continue to strive in this particular environment. Influenced by the sounds of early Rock & Roll, The…

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A Zoo Bar Christmas Night Tradition Shawn Lil’ Slim Holt @ Zoo Bar

December 25, 2018 @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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Lincoln, NE United States
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BIO Shawn Holt is the son of Blues Legend Magic Slim. The high energy, hard-driving sound of The Teardrops is still alive and well and if you like what Magic Slim and The Teardrops have been doing for the last 35 years, you can continue to enjoy that unique sound and energy with Shawn Holt, a chip off the old block, fronting his dad's band. Shawn started playing the blues at the age of 17, when he went on the…

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Jack Hotel Presents a Holiday Barrelhouse! @ Zoo Bar

December 27, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Lincoln, NE United States
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Matt Cox (FAC) @ The Zoo Bar

December 28, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Bio In 2007, Shenandoah, Iowa, native Matt Cox self-released his debut album Folker's Travels and established himself as a vibrant part of the emerging Omaha, Nebraska singer/songwriter scene. While local stages and small town haunts allowed him to bring his foot-stomping, country and blues to a steady growing fanbase, Cox began to define his singular style by touring the majority of the western United States and eventually spreading his wings through music meccas such as Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, and…

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Josh Hoyer and Soul Colossal @ The Zoo Bar

December 29, 2018 @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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January 2019

Keeshea Pratt Band – 2018 IBC Winners! @ Zoo Bar

January 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE United States
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Jack Hotel, Mezcal Brothers and the McGovern String Band @ The Zoo Bar

January 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE United States
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Jack Hotel BIO Jack Hotel contains multitudes. A listen to the band's sophomore release, Voices from the Moon, reveals a range that encompasses Ry Cooder and Leo Kottke, Gillian Welch and Townes Van Zandt, Mississippi John Hurt and Etta Baker--but this band is no mere product of its influences.  Since their start in 2012, Jack Hotel has proven itself one of the best, and most original, folk/Americana acts in the midwest.  A storyteller's sensibility prevails in their songs.  Bandleader Günter Voelker…

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James Armstrong @ The Zoo Bar

January 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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BIO Born into a musical family in 1957 in Los Angeles, James Armstrong had blues music in his blood from the very start. His Mom was a blues singer, his Dad played jazz guitar. Armstrong formed his first band in the 7th grade, and by age 17 he was touring the country. James would start making waves on the local California blues circuit by his 20s, becoming the youngest member of Smokey Wilson’s band. In the 1980s, James was a…

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Big Daddy’s C D Release Party @ The Zoo Bar

January 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE United States
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BIO “Some of the strongest, soulful vocals you will ever hear in Big Daddy Caleb“ “a sweet but biting voice“. - L. Kent Wolgamott Lincoln Journal-Star “Big Daddy Caleb has a voice that needs to be heard to be believed. He pours his heart and soul into every note he sings into his microphone, pushing his audience to the dance floor” - Nick Schultz Blues Society of Omaha - Blue Notes “Big Daddy Caleb is another Blues musician in the…

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The Bottle-tops @ The Zoo Bar

January 24 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Bio   Through the relationship of wife and husband, Kerry and Mike Semrad, a kindred spirit of music has been present. Finding their voices through original songs has become an uplifting journey that transcends just husband and wife; It’s a connection within the listeners and together they find that deep comfort in the soul that is driven by the sound a family creates. Kerry, coming from a background of gospel and blues, lends vocals to Mike’s country and rock influences…

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The Bel Airs @ Zoo Bar

January 25 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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James Harman

January 31 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Lincoln, NE United States
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BIO JAMES HARMAN was born and raised in Anniston, Alabama-quickly picked up on the black blues and soul music being played on juke boxes and the radio. He sang in the church choir until age 16 when his family moved to Panama City Florida, where he found himself surrounded by like-minded blues lovers. Wearing a fake moustache, young James slipped into a still segregated black nightclub to see Little Junior Parker’s show. He was totally overtaken by the blues and…

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February 2019

Hector Anchondo @ Zoo Bar

February 1 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE United States
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BIO A few artists Hector has had the privilege of performing with: Styx, CCR, Johnny Winter, Marshal Tucker Band, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Bernard Allison, Magic Slim, John Nemeth, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Indigenous, Big & Rich, Fishbone, Devon Allman, Mike Zito, Cyril Neville, Shawn Holt & The Tear Drops, Samantha Fish, Hamilton Loomis, Mr. Sipp, and many more. Highlights: -Finilist in the 2016 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN (Top 8 Worldwide) -Semifinilist in the 2015 International Blues Challenge in…

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Lauren Anderson @ Zoo Bar

February 13 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE United States
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$5

This soulful rocker, originally from Chicago, has had a passion for singing throughout her entire life. Growing up in a household that was rich in music, her influences were widely varied from artists such as Susan Tedeschi, Bonnie Raitt, The Pointer Sisters, Eva Cassidy, Etta James, Joss Stone, Jason Mraz, Black Eyed Peas, Christina Aguilera, and many more.

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Josh Hoyer & The Soul Colossal @ Zoo Bar

February 14 @ 6:00 pm
Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE United States
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Dustin Arbuckle and the Damnation @ Zoo Bar

February 15 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE United States
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$10

As a founding member of the critically acclaimed progressive roots outfit Moreland and Arbuckle, vocalist/harmonica player Dustin Arbuckle has been working hard on the road for over a decade. After 15 years, 7 albums, and hundreds of shows across 23 countries, Moreland & Arbuckle have chosen to amicably go their separate ways. As one door closes, another opens, and Arbuckle is now ready to explore a wide range of music with his new project, Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations. A…

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Mezcal Brothers @ Zoo Bar

February 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE United States
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BIO   2016 inductees to The Nebraska Music Hall of Fame, The Mezcal Brothers have been performing their original blend of Rockabilly, Roots Rock and Country music since 1998. All members call Lincoln Nebraska their home, which has recently been labeled as a music city by it’s mayor. With no shortage of music venues and talented bands, it is no wonder The Mezcal Brothers continue to strive in this particular environment. Influenced by the sounds of early Rock & Roll,…

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Brandon Miller Band @ Zoo Bar

February 23 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE United States
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Music has always been a part of Brandon Miller’s life. From an early age, his dad would let him explore his record collection of Led Zeppelin, Genesis, Aerosmith and other classic rock legends. Miller spent countless days and nights trying to recreate the sounds of his musical heroes. After sculpting his sound for years, he formed the Brandon Miller Band, a powerful, guitar-driven blues-rock trio. Having released two, full-length albums and sharing the stage with artists like Jonny Lang, Foghat,…

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Paul Nelson Band @ Zoo Bar

February 27 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE United States
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“What else can we say about Paul Nelson except…Chops Deluxe.” – Guitar World Magazine “An A-List guitar player…one of the most technically dazzling players around today.” – Guitar Magazine “He’s a soulful player who has chops to burn. The word ‘ferocious’ comes to mind, or ‘take no prisoners’“ – Vintage Guitar Magazine

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March 2019

John Primer @ Zoo Bar

March 6 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE United States
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$10 – $12

As the bandleader and lead guitarist for Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Magic Slim & The Teardrops, John Primer’s virtuosity as a blues musician was forged by legends. John started playing on Maxwell Street, the birthplace of Chicago blues and soon became the house bandleader at the infamous Theresa’s Lounge for seven years alongside Sammy Lawhorn, Junior Wells, James Cotton and others. Having played or recorded with a who’s who of blues greats including Gary Clark Jr., Derek Trucks, Johnny Winter,…

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Tinsley Ellis @ Zoo bar

March 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE United States
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BIO Since his Alligator debut 30 years ago, Southern blues-rock guitar wizard, vocalist and songwriter Tinsley Ellis has become a bona fide worldwide guitar hero. The Chicago Sun-Times says, "It's hard to overstate the raw power of his music." Now, he makes his triumphant return to Alligator Records with a powerful new album, Winning Hand. Armed with his signature molten licks, melodic riffs and rousing, intense solos, Ellis, as his legions of fans will attest, is among the blues world's…

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Tinsley Ellis @ Zoo bar

March 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE United States
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BIO Since his Alligator debut 30 years ago, Southern blues-rock guitar wizard, vocalist and songwriter Tinsley Ellis has become a bona fide worldwide guitar hero. The Chicago Sun-Times says, "It's hard to overstate the raw power of his music." Now, he makes his triumphant return to Alligator Records with a powerful new album, Winning Hand. Armed with his signature molten licks, melodic riffs and rousing, intense solos, Ellis, as his legions of fans will attest, is among the blues world's…

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Brandon Santini @ Zoo Bar

March 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE United States
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Bio There are many different opinions as to what the future of the blues harmonica will be. Memphis vocalist and harmonica player Brandon Santini is undeniably a worthy player to keep an eye on as the latest surge of young blues artists leave their footprint in blues history. His name is worthy of conversations that include James Cotton, Kim Wilson, Dennis Gruenling, Charlie Musselwhite and other frontline harmonica players by combining his love and respect for traditional blues with a…

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John Nemeth @ Zoo Bar

March 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE United States
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BIO Don’t try to snatch him back and hold him, he’s a man on the move. John Németh had already established himself among the very top ranks of blues musicians and modern soul singers when he decided to break the mold with his new record, FEELIN’ FREAKY. Németh fearlessly crushes all barriers of style and genre with an album of original songs that defies all the usual pigeonholes. Drawing from his strong influences in blues and R&B, as well as…

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Lil Ed @ Zoo Bar

March 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE United States
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BIO     In Chicago, a city overflowing with unrivaled blues talent, world-renowned Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials have been standing tall for over 30 years. The band’s big sound, fueled by Lil’ Ed’s gloriously rollicking slide work and deep blues string bending, along with his rough-edged, soulful vocals, is as real and hard-hitting as Chicago blues gets. The Chicago Sun-Times says, “Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials are the hottest purveyors of bottleneck boogie to come “Lil’ Ed…

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Heather Newman (9pm ) @ Zoo Bar

March 22 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE United States
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$6

BIO  The love of blues grew in Heather's heart from a young age where she was fortunate enough to participate in the BluesEd program based out of her hometown, Omaha, NE. Through the program she gained knowledge of the business from national and international blues musicians. All of whom challenged her to put her skills to the test and see how far hard work would take her. Heather began to teach herself how to play guitar, eventually booking acoustic shows…

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Lil ED @ Zoo Bar

March 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE United States
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BIO     In Chicago, a city overflowing with unrivaled blues talent, world-renowned Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials have been standing tall for over 30 years. The band’s big sound, fueled by Lil’ Ed’s gloriously rollicking slide work and deep blues string bending, along with his rough-edged, soulful vocals, is as real and hard-hitting as Chicago blues gets. The Chicago Sun-Times says, “Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials are the hottest purveyors of bottleneck boogie to come “Lil’ Ed…

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Sugaray Rayford Band @ Zoo Bar

March 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE United States
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BIO On March 1st Forty Below Records will release Somebody Save Me, the new studio album from Texas-born soul blues singer, Sugaray Rayford. On the album’s opening track, “The Revelator”, Rayford forcefully sings, “I’m a freak of nature / I ain’t no honey bee / I’m an unknown creature / The like you’ve never seen.” At 6’5” and 300 pounds, this cigar chompin’ ex-Marine with a voice like a force of nature holds court in any room he enters. Possessing…

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Big Daddy Caleb and the Charger @ Zoo Bar

March 30 @ 6:00 pm
Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE United States
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$6

BIO Big Daddy Caleb & The Chargers perform an electrifying mix of Blues, Soul, & Rock n Roll with house rockin grooves and blow-the-doors-off vocals! Led by vocalist “Big Daddy” Caleb Whisenhunt, and backed by dynamic guitarists Matt "Guitar" Richardson and Thai Nguyen, with the solid, hard driving rhythm section of Jeremiah Weir on piano and organ, bassist Gregg Interdonato and drummer Joe Fox, Big Daddy Caleb & The Chargers are sure to keep you on your feet, and on the dance floor! Another product…

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Tony Holiday and Tim Budig Band (9pm) @ Zoo Bar

March 30 @ 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE United States
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April 2019

Wayne “The Train” Hancok @ The Zoo Bar

April 2 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE United States
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$ 15 – $ 19

$ 15 Advance / $19 At Doors

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Chris Duarte @ Zoo Bar

April 3 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE United States
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$10

Bio   To classify Chris Duarte simply as a Blues Man is an understatement.  In his own words, “rockin’ blues” or ”punk blues” describes him best.  “Ferocious blues” also fits.  Legend has it that Chris will play so hard that his fingers bleed in a set.  The legend is true.  Photos attest. Chris Duarte is a road warrior playing more than 150 dates a year.  As well, Chris has headlined major festivals and clubs throughout the US, Canada and Europe.…

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Chris O’Leary AND the Nick Schnebelen Band, DBL Feature @ The Zoo Bar

April 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE United States
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$12 – $15

$ 12 advance - 15 at doors

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Lara Hope & The Ark Tones w The Bottle Tops @ Zoo Bar

April 7 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE United States
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Mezcal Brothers @ The Zoo Bar

April 12 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE United States
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Anthony Gomes with the Rewind @ Zoo Bar

April 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE United States
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The Red Elvises @ the Zoo bar

April 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE United States
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$12 – $15

$12 Advance  $15 at doors  

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Grand Marquis @ The Zoo Bar

April 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE United States
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$10
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Ivy Ford Band @ The Zoo Bar

April 24 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE United States
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$10
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Bel Airs @ The Zoo Bar

April 26 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE United States
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Bel Airs @ The Zoo Bar

April 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE United States
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May 2019

Indigenous @ the Zoo bar

May 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE United States
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$16 – $20

$ 16 Advance  $ 20 at doors

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Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling w special guests, The Claire Adams Trio @ Zoo Bar

May 4 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE United States
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5Xs7SMytsc Chicago guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Nick Moss is a bona fide bluesman down to his soul. He is a 30-year veteran of the city’s take-no-prisoners blues scene. He paid his dues gigging in Chicago's rough and tumble West and South side blues clubs under the tutelage of some of the city's greatest blues luminaries. Blues Revue says, “Nick Moss is at the top of the blues world….ambitious and intense…He can play traditional blues with the best.” New Jersey's Dennis…

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Gary Hoey with Orphan Jon and the Abandoned @ the Zoo Bar

May 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE United States
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$15 – $18

BIO GARY HOEY : “Neon Highway Blues”, Gary’s latest release, carries its 11 tracks with the confidence and assuredness of a veteran, and the freshness of someone who’s still in the process of discovery and refinement — with the help of famous friends such as Eric Gales, Lance Lopez, Josh Smith and Hoey’s 17-year-old son Ian Hoey. The release of “Neon Highway Blues” will, of course, take Gary Hoey back on the highways and byways for plenty of touring and playing, well,…

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Josh Hoyer and Soul Colossal @ Zoo Bar

May 10 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE United States
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$8
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Albert Castiglia @ The Zoo Bar

May 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE United States
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$10

BIO “It may be a bit premature to crown Albert Castiglia America's newest King of the Blues, but there's little doubt that he at least deserves the title of heir apparent.” -- Miami New Times   As most artists will attest, the most unexpected circumstance can spark artistic inspiration. That’s a fact that hasn’t been lost on singer, songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire Albert Castiglia. With his latest album, the aptly named Masterpiece, he celebrates an unforeseen triumph -- a connection…

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Dale Watson and his All stars @ Zoo Bar

May 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE United States
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$16 – $20

BIO Dale Watson, keeper of the true country music flame, latest album Call Me Insane, was recorded in Austin with veteran producer Lloyd Maines (Robert Earl Keen, Jerry Jeff Walker, etc.). The Austin-based honky-tonker carries on in the tradition of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson with his “Ameripolitan” brand of American roots music. Album highlights include “Jonesin’ For Jones,” a love song to the music of the legendary George Jones, “A Day At A Time,” about “getting by by barely getting by;” “Call Me…

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Matt Cox & Dustin Arbuckle @ The Zoo Bar

May 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE United States
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BIO In 2007, Shenandoah, Iowa, native Matt Cox self-released his debut album Folker's Travels and established himself as a vibrant part of the emerging Omaha, Nebraska singer/songwriter scene. While local stages and small town haunts allowed him to bring his foot-stomping, country and blues to a steady growing fanbase, Cox began to define his singular style by touring the majority of the western United States and eventually spreading his wings through music meccas such as Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, and…

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