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Nationally known comedian and local Nebraskan, Brad Stewart, hosts the famed weekly comedy night called Zoolarious! If the name is any indication, it's a barrel of laughs and good times. Don't miss Sundays at The Zoo Bar!
What’s Happening and When:
May 20, 2022
Lloyd McCarter & the Honky Tonk Revival $10
May 20, 20225:00 pm - 8:00 pm
What can you expect from Lloyd McCarter & the Honky-Tonk Revival? A toe tapping good time. They play good country music the way it used to be according to McCarter.
After cutting his teeth in the honky-tonks of the Midwest, Lloyd has now taken it upon himself to bring back the days of the Country Hero that have been lost and almost forgotten.
No advance tickets for this show. $10 will be collected at the door on the evening of the show. (DTL)
With the IBC trophy in hand and 2020 appearances including The Chicago Blues Festival, The Big Blues Bender and the October Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise adding to his resume, Anchondo continues to build on a solid foundation of hard work and hard touring.
In 2017 his release, Roll the Dice, spent 24 weeks on the Roots Music Report after his initial blues releases Young Guns in 2014 and Kicking Up Dust 2012 introduced his blues sound to the Midwest.
No advance tickets for this show. $10 will be collected at the door on the evening of the show.
Jackson Stokes' new album showcases the stellar reputation he's earned sharing the stage with such icons as Robert Cray, The Wailers, and Robert Randolph, as well as Warren Haynes, Lukas Nelson, and Marcus King. Yet it's a conspicuous emphasis on Stokes' escalating songcraft that also shines as brightly on this initial release. "I really do enjoy playing guitar, but I also love sonwriting. I love the whole process," says Stokes. "I think this album is very representative of a natural maturation, of how I've been viewing things on my journey. And, hopefully, it's a journey that's just beginning."
No advance tickets for this show. $8 will be collected at the door on the evening of the show. (DTL)
Growing up on the mean streets of Iowa, Chris Schlichting knew that he either had to take up standup comedy or join the notorious Midwest gang known as “The Farmers.” He is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the best comics on the planet, and by “planet” we mean “his street.” Described as “hilarious” by his mom, and “not good at sports” by his dad, Chris takes pride in his immature and lovable style. His act covers hard hitting issues like squirrels, sandwiches, and his twin boys. Learn how to pronounce this comic’s last name, and then remember it forever. Chris Schlichting is sure to leave you laughing, and wanting more.
With Special Guest Hosts Ham Clancy and Brian Barbecue!! $10 at the door only.
Once upon a time there was a group of guys in East LA who were classically trained Mariachis. At some point, someone came up with the idea of performing Ozzy Osbourne’s, “Iron Man” mariachi style for funsies and to all of our benefit, they conceived a fused up music baby they appropriately named, Metalachi which; as far as I’m concerned, might be the most So-Cal thing that has ever happened. Along the way, they adopted some mysteriously entertaining personas along with the lovely and dynamic violinist, Queen Kyla Vera who on her own, is a force to be reckoned with. -CV Weekly
Tickets available online at ticketweb.com and in person at The Zoo Bar. $15 advance ticket price/$18 at the door day of.
Dustin Arbuckle and The Damnations are not a band you can easily associate with one specific genre, and that's how they planned it. Arbuckle, a veteran of the progressive roots music scene whose singing and harmonica playing first came into prominence in Moreland & Arbuckle, has been kicking up fresh dust with The Damnations since 2017. A musician of vast appetites, he’s long held an appreciation for traditional American music in the vein of Charley Patton as well as the cross-pollinated sounds of The Band or Stax-style soul. The diverse musical sensibilities of The Damnations (Brandon Hudspeth on guitar, Caleb Drummond or Mark Foley on bass, and Kendall Newby on Drums) allow for all of that along with occasional forays into deep country and even jazz. “When we started playing together we all wanted the band to be a space where we could play anything we wanted to," Arbuckle notes, "and that's created this cross-genre electric Americana vibe."
No advance tickets for this show. $10 will be collected at the door on the evening of the show.
Soul on a Saturday!
A Bridge To Sound
The Bridge Gap Brothers are in the building! It's a know fact that the Bridge Gap Brothers play the best wax. If you're looking for a place to get loose and shake your caboose then look no further than the Zoo Bar. DJ FUNK TONNE & DJ RELIC are behind the Wheels of Steel to play something you can feel. don't you worry about no fee because it's always FREE!
Using animated and relatable jokes, stories, and insights, Mallory Celani captures audiences with a mix of tongue-in-cheek observations and hard truths about being outspoken,confident, and independent in a world where these qualities are generally frowned upon in women. Stef Bright is a stand up comic from Fayetteville, Arkansas. After law school, she decided the true path to financial security was stand up comedy. She has opened for Maria Bamford, Eddie Pepitone, Pauly Shore, Lynne Koplitz, Sean Patton, and Baron Vaughn. She has performed at the Nashville Comedy Festival, Blue Whale Comedy Festival, Flyover Comedy Festival, and Lady Laughs Festival. Stef has performed in 24 states and hopes to eventually hit all 50. A recovering alcoholic, she still makes plenty of bad decisions.
“There’s a young lady [Vanessa Collier] 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 do. As a master musician and multi-instrumentalist, Vanessa Collier, weaves funk, soul, rock, and blues into every powerful performance and she is downright impressive. With soulful vocals, searing saxophone, and witty songwriting, Vanessa is blazing a trail, racking up an impressive arsenal of honours, and has already singled herself out as an artist of distinction and one we would all do well to watch.
Originally from Detroit, Michigan and currently living in Iowa, Day Peace has quickly made a name for himself in the Midwest comedy scene. He's appeared on Bravo TV, Fox 9 News (MN), and can be heard on Iowa's 103.7 The Fox. You can also listen to his weekly podcast "Peace Talk" whenever you listen to podcasts. Last year he released his debut comedy album "Peace of Mind". $10 at the door only
One of the finest honky tonk bands in the country are making their return to The World Famous Zoo Bar! They are touring their fantastic new album, "Snacks," and you can pick up your copy before its even available! Make sure you don't miss the up and coming country phenomena that is, Cory Grinder and the Playboy Scouts!
Scott Ellison has played with everyone from Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown to The Drifters, The Coasters, and Gary “US” Bonds. He’s been putting out winning solo albums for years and playing his music for fans in every corner of our blue planet.-Bluestown Music
Piano-driven rock n' roll from Austin, Texas. Some may remember the last time these guys were in town; Nik, and his sax, sat in with The Wondermonds at the early show before performing later that night.
Columbia, Missouri trio The Hooten Hallers are a high-energy blues-rock band known for hard-traveling and wild live shows, with a seemingly endless tour schedule. The myriad of influences in their music incorporates elements of rhythm & blues, rock’n’roll, honky tonk, jazz, soul, and punk with a thematic penchant for the strange and the unexplained. Their live shows take the listener on a seamless ride from unapologetically raucous blues on the lap steel and bass sax, to a sweet three part harmony country ballad, to a romping dance number.
Often described as raunchy, irreverent, and a disappointment by her mother, Ella Horwedel has been an energetic force in the Michigan comedy scene for the past two years. She has performed at clubs all over Michigan, including the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase and Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, and recently on the Altercation Comedy Festival in Austin, TX where she explores the difficulties of being a young woman through bawdy stories and intimate self-reflection. Jake Ford is a comedian based in Lansing and a staple of the Michigan comedy scene. Jake's comedy can best be described as irreverent and dark while still maintaining an endearing lightheartedness. Jake has been entertaining audiences for the last 7 years and has opened for Sean Patton, Deanne Smith, and Steve Gillespie. $10 at the door only..
Whether he’s playing scorching originals or classic rock covers, his solos are thrilling and reminiscent of Clapton or Stevie Ray in their fiery youth. One thing that remains consistent is Hoey’s impassioned command of the guitar. He can attack his instrument with feral intensity and then play something very soft and achingly beautiful. This ability to mix feeling, phrasing, technique and tone is the true mark of a master guitarist.
Advance tickets are available online at ticketweb.com or in person at The Zoo Bar. ($15) OR Cover charge will be collected at the door day of ($20)
Originally from Boulder, CO, Chris Higgins is a goofy, labrador of a man. Raised on conspiracy theories and farmers markets, he now resides in Chicago and has become a staple at clubs and shows around town such as The Comedy Bar, Zanies, Lincoln Lodge, and The Laugh Factory. He’s quickly established himself as one of the dumbest voices in Chicago comedy and tells almost 0 jokes of import. His sketch series God n Angel has over 1.4 million followers on Tik Tok.