In The Market For Blues returns for second year; Third Eye Merchants, Stylo Tha Don, Max Fischer collaborate on protest track; Jake Bellows backs M. Ward on ‘Conan’

In The Market For Blues returns for second year

One of Nebraska’s pre-eminent blues players is bringing the genre back to Old Market.

Hector Anchondo and E3 Music Management partner again for the second year of In The Market For Blues, which takes place across three Harney Street venues this August. The International Blues Challenge finalist will perform alongside other decorated artists in 2016 Blues Blas “New Artist Debut Album” award winner Amanda Fish and fellow IBC competitors KALO and Coyote Bill.

Earlier this year, Anchondo made his second journey to Memphis for the International Blues Challenge, placing as a finalist. His band placed as semifinalists the year before. He chatted with us in January about that first year; read the interview here.

The one-day event will be held at Harney Street Tavern, The Hive and Dubliner Pub, and starts at 3 p.m. Aug 13. Admission to all three venues is $10, or $5 for one venue. Food trucks will be nearby.

See the full lineup below, and RSVP here.

Harney Street Tavern

3 p.m. Voodoo Vinyl
5 p.m. Brad Cordle
7 p.m. Nita & the Pipe Smokin’ Charlies
9 p.m. Smokestack Lightning
11 p.m. Hector Anchondo Band
12:30 p.m. Grand Slam Jam

The Hive

4 p.m. Tim Budig Band
6 p.m. Coyote Bill
8 p.m. Amanda Fish

Dubliner Pub

3:30 p.m. Dilemma
5:30 p.m. The Workingman’s Band
7:30 p.m. Drew Jude & the Cool Tones
9:30 p.m. KALO
11:30 p.m. Steve Lovett Blues Band

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Third Eye Merchants, Stylo Tha Don, Max Fischer collaborate on protest track

In the wake of recent shootings in Baton Rouge, La., and Falcon Heights, Minn., Omaha hip-hop duo Third Eye Merchants have released a collaboration “Beef Will Creep” with Stylo Tha Don and Max Fischer. Read their statement below:

Beef Will Creep was written out of anger prompted by the murders and unjust treatment of innocent civilians by law enforcement across America. The song portrays three individual MC’s from varying walks of life, and their thoughts on the brutality, and injustices that follow. Without retribution in this world there’s little hope for peace. Maybe one day we’ll subdue the beasts rage through unity. Until then the Beef Will Creep.”

Listen to the new track below, and see the (NSFW) video here.

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Jake Bellows backs M. Ward on ‘Conan’

Folk singer/songwriter M. Ward is making the rounds in support of his new album More Rain, earlier this week opening for Brian Wilson at the Hollywood Bowl before playing Conan the next night. The video of the latter is below.

See that pair of sunglasses-sporting backup vocalists over Ward’s right shoulder? The one on the audience’s right is Neva Dinova frontman Jake Bellows, lending “doo-doo”s to piano-driven “Time Won’t Wait.”

Neva Dinova was back in local news yesterday, when Lincoln Calling announced the indie rock band’s reunion for the Capital City festival Oct. 6-8. Find the entire lineup and RSVP here.

Watch the video below:

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Concert Round-Up

Tonight, see a four-act bill at O’Leaver’s, 1322 S Saddle Creek, featuring Bus Gas, Routine Escorts, Chalant and Jim Schroeder. The is being billed as Bus Gas’s final show “for the foreseeable infinity,” so if you’re into the ambient, you probably want to be there. $5, 9 pm., RSVP here.

In Lincoln, Minneapolis-based funk band Frogleg plays Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St, with Lincoln jam band Thundersandwich. The latter just released sprawling, genre-hopping LP When Hunger Strikes this past June. Read our premiere feature and listen to it here. RSVP to the 9 p.m. show here.

There’s more funk to be had in Lincoln, as A Ferocious Jungle Cat plays tonight’s installment of KZUM’s Stransky Park Concert Series. The five-piece funk Lincoln band just capped off night two of ZooFest this past Saturday. See photos here. The free, outdoor series starts tonight 7 p.m. RSVP here.

Head to our statewide calendar here for a fuller listing of shows. If you do not see yours or one you plan to attend, email us at, put it in the comments or add it yourself here.