Upcoming Live Music & Events

Tommy Swanson

April 25, 2014 - 7pm till 10pm Free

Tom studied Music and Architecture at Iowa State and became a piano major at NWMSU. He has been performing in the Omaha area for over 30 years.

He’s played Jimmy Buffett and Bob Marley music at “Cheeseburger in Paradise” – Island, Pop, and Rock on the patio at “Rick’s Boatyard” – Lounge and Dinner music at “Zurlo’s Ristorante”, “Beverly’s”, “Cellar 19″, Jazz at “Howard Street Tavern”, and won an open audition with a piano player from Minneapolis to open up the “Vertigo Lounge” at the top of Harrah’s Casino.

His music includes artists like Billy Joel, Elton John, Jimmy Buffett, Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble’, Bob Marley, John Mayer, Eric Clapton, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, Maroon 5, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jason Marz, Kenny Rogers, Michael Franti, James Taylor, Shaggy, Neil Diamond, etc. – and that’s just the first set! However, should you require soft cocktail piano only, Tom is equally at ease creating a classy and subdued environment for dining and visiting. Then, if the party “picks up steam”, he is capable of picking up the tempo for dancing or sing-alongs.

Tommy truly has a love for the piano which asserts itself during performances. Combine this with his sense of humor and you have a very enjoyable evening of entertainment.

Honeyboy Turner Band

April 26, 2014 - 9pm till 12am Free

Originally forming under the name of Honeyboy Turner and Cryin’ Heart in 1992, the lineup consisted of John “Honeyboy” Turner (vocals/ harmonica), Harvey Brindell (guitar), Mike Brindell (guitar), Gary Williams (drums), and Dave Wagner (bass). They brought Chicago-style blues to their hometown of Lincoln, NE. In 1995, -ismist Records captured their sound on their debut full-length, Preachin’ the Blues. These guys have played every major blues venue, current and past, in their part of the country. They’ve done, and continue to do, multiple gigs at The Zoo Bar in Lincoln, at Blues On Grand in Des Moines, at BBs Lawnside BBQ in Kansas City, Nightmoves in Kansas City, Uptown Grill in Rapid City, Getaway Inn and Pore Richards in Topeka, McKenna’s Blues, Booze & BBQ, Howard Street Tavern, and Downtown Blues, all in Omaha, The Harmony and The Crystal Tavern in Madison, and hundreds of smaller, lesser known clubs throughout the region. They are true bluesmen.

In addition to having played many major blues venues, these guys have also had the chance to play with many national blues artists. They’ve opened shows for or played on the same show as Magic Slim, Bernard Allison, Smokin’ Joe Kubik, Davina & The Vagabonds, The Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings, Mighty Joe Young, Jimmy Thackery, James Harman, John Hammond, Chubby Carrier, and Mike Zito. Honeyboy was also a featured artist on River City Folk, a nationally syndicated radio program out of Davenport, Iowa.

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David Zollo

May 3, 2014 - 9pm till 12am Free

If you’re a follower of the midwestern indie music world (or of American
roots music generally) you might be forgiven for thinking David Zollo has
been around forever. The truth is, it just seems that way.

Since bursting on the scene as a baby-faced 21-year-old with Iowa City’s
white-hot, road-chewing pub-rockers, High and Lonesome in 1992, Zollo
has done just about everything you can do in the rock and roll business.
Whether as a singer/songwriter/keyboardist with his own bands; as a
sideman for an incredible array of roots music talent (Todd Snider, William
Elliot Whitmore, Greg Brown, Bo Ramsey, The Pines
); as founder/owner/
operator of legendary underground label,Trailer Records; or producer to
up-and comers (The Pines, Brother Trucker) Zollo always maintained a
ridiculously frenetic schedule, logging thousands of miles and 200+ gigs a
year, doing all of these things at an incredibly high level.

He has paid dues that any bluesman or honkey-tonker (both titles apply to
Zollo) would envy. High and Lonesome’s meteoric rise was
halted in late-1994 by the discovery of pre-cancerous tumors in his vocal
cords; reconstructive surgery followed. While waiting impatiently for his
singing voice to recover, Zollo started and established Trailer Records,
then joined the band of critically-acclaimed country-folk rocker Todd
Snider in 1996, moving to Nashville. After Snider downsized his band in
1997, Zollo followed his heart back to the midwest and his hometown of
Iowa City. There he rejoined mentors Bo Ramsey and Greg Brown, further
growing Trailer Records and creating an atmosphere of music-as-family,
that saw the entire label roster playing on stage together; on record; and,
judging by the sounds of things, in each other’s living rooms.

It was around this time that demand started growing for Zollo’s services as
a producer. Throughout it all, Zollo continued to write music that consistently
won critical and popular support for its power, honesty, and intelligence. By
2002 he had produced six records of his own material; Alackaday (1992);
Livefromgabes (1994); and For Sale or Rent with High and Lonesome, and
The Morning is a Long Way From Home (1995); Uneasy Street (1999); and
The Big Night (2002) under his own name.

Of the many things that David Zollo does and does well, it is on stage that
he seems most comfortable and happy. Long known as an exuberant,
passionate performer, it is clear that at present, Zollo is relishing the
opportunity to do what he does best: make music. If you haven’t had the
pleasure, try to catch him while you can; solo, or with his band The
Body Electric. Either way, you’ll get a chance to experience the timeless
power of a voice that seems to have been with us forever.

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http://www.facebook.com/david.zollo

Whiskey Tasting featuring Jameson, Redbreast and Powers

May 8, 2014 - 8pm till 9:30pm TBD

Come try several of the best irish whiskeys on the market! We will have tasting flights available for you to try them all. More information to come as we get it, but this is an event you irish whiskey drinkers can’t miss.

Honeyboy Turner Band

May 10, 2014 - 9pm till 12am Free

Originally forming under the name of Honeyboy Turner and Cryin’ Heart in 1992, the lineup consisted of John “Honeyboy” Turner (vocals/ harmonica), Harvey Brindell (guitar), Mike Brindell (guitar), Gary Williams (drums), and Dave Wagner (bass). They brought Chicago-style blues to their hometown of Lincoln, NE. In 1995, -ismist Records captured their sound on their debut full-length, Preachin’ the Blues. These guys have played every major blues venue, current and past, in their part of the country. They’ve done, and continue to do, multiple gigs at The Zoo Bar in Lincoln, at Blues On Grand in Des Moines, at BBs Lawnside BBQ in Kansas City, Nightmoves in Kansas City, Uptown Grill in Rapid City, Getaway Inn and Pore Richards in Topeka, McKenna’s Blues, Booze & BBQ, Howard Street Tavern, and Downtown Blues, all in Omaha, The Harmony and The Crystal Tavern in Madison, and hundreds of smaller, lesser known clubs throughout the region. They are true bluesmen.

In addition to having played many major blues venues, these guys have also had the chance to play with many national blues artists. They’ve opened shows for or played on the same show as Magic Slim, Bernard Allison, Smokin’ Joe Kubik, Davina & The Vagabonds, The Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings, Mighty Joe Young, Jimmy Thackery, James Harman, John Hammond, Chubby Carrier, and Mike Zito. Honeyboy was also a featured artist on River City Folk, a nationally syndicated radio program out of Davenport, Iowa.

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Life of Riley

May 17, 2014 - 9pm till 12am Free

Blues band with a twist! Come check them out here at Havana Garage!

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Lou Deluca and the Delta 88′s

May 24, 2014 - 9pm till 12am Free

From the time of the first electric rhythm sections, formed by the Delta Blues singers migrating north to the factory towns, to the former big band artists moving east from California bringing a swing feel to the electric combo.  This is the music of Lou Deluca and the Delta 88s; with the passion and authentic styles of Little Walter, James Cotton, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush and Junior Wells.

Lou Deluca
(Vocals/Blues Harmonica) Lou has 25+ years as a harp player, being mentored by Chicago blues master, Bill Lupkin. Along the way many other blues artists have provided their knowledge and love of the blues harmonica, including; Mark Hummel, Annie Raines and James Harmon.

Rex Granite
(Guitar) Rex drives the blues hard in the band with his Albert King influence. Another 30+ year professional, Rex has toured with the 70′s rock band, The Monarchs. Since the 1980′s he has focused on the blues, spending time on the Texas biker circuit and touring the Southwest United States.

Doug Collins
(Bass) Doug got his first guitar when he was 12 years old and went on to become an avid player.  In 2004 Doug acquired a Fender Jazz bass which turned into a life changing experience.  Doug cut his teeth playing bass with Swampboy Blues Band and later the Luther James Blues Band.  He has become a staple of the Omaha blues scene.

Brad Yearwood
Brad has had a deep love of all things blues and jazz ever since he discovered he could play drums.  After traveling across the country from Seattle, he brings his steady rollin’ rhythm to the Delta 88’s. His main influences are Fred Below, Max Roach, Ed Thigpen, and John Bonham, among others.

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