136 N 14th St. - Lincoln NE
Nebraska's Premier Outdoor Music Festival
Blues - Country - Zydeco - Rockabilly - Funk - Soul - Rock & Roll
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 blues legends in honor of ZOO Bar’s 42nd anniversary.
All Shows and Times are subject to change
ZOO FAC Schedule
Oct 16: The Killigans
Oct 23: The Fabtones
Lincoln's Home of Live Music
for over 42 Years!
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& C'mon In The ZOO BAR!
“Even if you walked into the Zoo Bar without knowing anything about it other than music is played here, one would know they were on very hallowed ground. … It was/is one of those venues that when on the road, you'd swear it was Saturday night on a Monday or a Tuesday. I love love love this joint but, the room, the name are nada without its people, its staff and its audience, that give that body a soul.”
Almost Every Sunday: ZOOLARIOUS - Comedy 8PM
Almost Every Monday:
Emily Bass Piano Hour 5PM / ZOO BAR HOUSE BAND 7 PM
Thursdays are Country Night - 6PM
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SMOKIN' JOE KUBEK
1956 - 2015
As the title of his critically acclaimed Atlantic Records CD suggests, Grammy Award and Blues Music Award Nominee, John Primer is truly “The Real Deal.”
At 8 years old, John borrowed his
first guitar and started to strum. Before that he played a homemade guitar built on the wall of the house with a broom wire, 2 nails, and 2 rocks to make it tight. With the sounds of Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters, Little Milton, Elmore James, BB & Albert King reverberating through his Grandmother Laura Nell’s tube radio, John was instantly hooked.
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Harman and his band loved Lincoln so much that they’d set up their tours to see “how many days we could get away with in Lincoln,” Harman remembered. The band would even route back through for a night or two when they weren’t playing a gig. “The whole extended Zoo Bar family became extended James Harman family,” Harman said. “We’d be out on the road…and it would always be countin’ it off to Lincoln.
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Shawn "Lil' Slim" Holt is the son of legendary blues master, Magic Slim, AKA Morris Holt. Shawn started playing the blues at the age of 17, when he went on the road with his father and his Teardrops, where he aquired the name from his late Uncle Nick Holt, "Lil' Slim".
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Master Texas blues guitarist Smokin' Joe Kubek died from a heart attack on Sunday, October 11, 2015. He was 58. Kubek, who performed for nearly three decades with his longtime musical partner Bnois King, died shortly before he was to appear on stage at the Pleasure Island Seafood & Blues Festival in North Carolina. Billboard says, "Kubek is one of the fiercest Texas blues guitarists [who] plays blues-rock aimed at the gut level."