The Old Market makes blues festival a priority

Courtesy of Ashley Stuhr
Courtesy of Ashley Stuhr

By Derek Munyon
Arts & Entertainment Editor

The In the Market for Blues Festival will hold its inaugural shows this Saturday at the Harney Street Tavern and the Hive.

The festival was started by Hector Anchondo with the hopes that it could evolve into Omaha’s premiere blues festival and bring more music to downtown.

Some of the artists playing the festival include Anchondo’s own band, The Hector Anchondo Band, who won the Nebraska Blue Challenge and the Omaha Entertainment Awards four times. Cleveland Blue, who was an International Blues Challenge finalist in both 2011 and 2014, and Matt Cox, who is a six-time Omaha Entertainment Awards winner, among others. The festival will end with an all-star blue jam session.

Admission to the festival is $5 and includes a wristband that will allow you entrance into both locations: Harney Street Tavern, 1215 Harney St., and The Hive, 1207 Harney St. The 21-and-older show will start at 3 p.m. and goes until 1 a.m.

The band lineup is as follows:

Harney Street Tavern

  • 3 p.m. Matt Cox
  • 5 p.m. Cleveland Blue
  • 7 p.m. Nita and the Pipe Smokin’ Charles
  • 9 p.m. Swamp Boy
  • 11 p.m. Hector Anchondo Band

Grand Finale: Grand Slam Jam
The Hive

  • 4:30 p.m. Amanda Rey
  • 6:30 p.m. 40 Sinners
  • 8:30 p.m. Lauren Andersonhorrendous