If Linda and I haven’t slowed down we have at least redirected some of our boundless energies to more leisurely pursuits.  Music is now getting its due.  Bucks Bar & Grill is one of the top spots in the United States for country singer/songwriters, both up and coming and established acts.   My usual hyperbole may have you skeptical but the bands that show up insist same.  A classically trained chef (NAPA Valley Culinary Institute) bringing top notch food to this one of a kind Nebraska Honky Tonk.

Steve Kunasek  is the lead cat for South Omaha’s Prairie Gators.  Cajun/Creole music at its best.  If you ran the Swamp Stomp back in the day you heard his version of the Star Spangled Banner on the accordian.  Frequently accompanying on the drums is Steve Monson.  He also hits the hats for his own band, The Linoma Mashers.  Both bands played at Cellar 426 in Ashland as part of  a flood relief concert.  My first time to see the Mashers, entertaining.

But it was the feature act that kept us out into a Sunday evening.  Steve promised me Charlie Burton would be a hell of  a show.  And man Charlie was right in my wheelhouse.  A mix of rock and roll, rockabilly, and punk.  If you’ve ever seen him you know, if you haven’t you ought.  Charlie is also a member of the Nebraska Hall of Fame, he’s that iconic.  I can’t imagine seeing a better show this year, but we’ll try.

Jimmie Dale Gilmore will be coming to the Zoo Bar on June 3rd.  Incredible songwriter, haunting voice, country hippie.  Was integral to my playlist back in Texas where he performed with the Flatlanders (with Joe Ely and Butch Hancock).

Jason Isbell is playing the Waiting Room in Benson in August.  I haven’t seen him before but local expert Mandy Sue has guaranteed us an excellent evening of country music.

Get out and hear some live music this  summer.  And if at all possible be sure and  catch some Nebraska Punk.